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Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive

This is a list of serial killers who are still alive. When serial killers are caught, after a long period of horrific, evil crimes, it’s almost expected that their lives will be coming to an end. The usual sentence for multiple murders, especially ones committed by serial killers, is death. So that’s why it’s so remarkable to hear about serial killers who are currently still alive, most of whom are serving life sentences in prison. Very few serial killers who have been caught have been released from prison, but there are still some odd exceptions where the law and morality don’t intersect.


Who are these serial killers who are still among the living? How did they escape a death sentence while on trial? What were their crimes and who were their victims? How did these serial killers murder their victims? This list answers these questions and more about some of the world’s most notorious living serial killers.


Many famous serial killers were murdered in jail. The male and female serial killers on this list either received life sentences or managed to avoid life in prison. These rare serial killers may have taken the lives of at least three people, some with victim numbers over 50, yet are still alive.

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  1. Charles Manson, the leader of a notorious group of killers dubbed The Manson Family, is still alive and making creepy headlines at 80+ years old. Currently imprisoned at the Corcoran State Prison in California, Manson was recently granted a marriage license to wed 26-year-old Elaine Burton (also known as "Star"), a young woman who has been working for nearly ten years to see a man serving a life sentence for murder exonerated. 

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Criminal
    • Schools: Broward Community College, National Training School for Boys
    • Children: Valentine Michael Manson, Charles Luther Manson, Charles Manson, Jr.
  2. Often known as the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway killed at least 49 people, with the number of victims probably closer to 90. Ridgway lured prostitutes away to be strangled and raped. He dumped the bodies in the forested areas in Washington, but his first five victims were found in the Green River. He was caught in 2001 after nearly twenty years of murders and sentenced to life in prison. 

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Schools: Tyee Educational Complex
  3. Better known as the BTK Killer, Dennis Rader killed 10 people in his native Kansas over a span of almost 20 years starting in 1974. Rader bound, tortured and killed his victims and then sent letters to the police and news outlets bragging about his crimes. He was caught in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison, one life sentence for each murder.

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Pittsburg, Kansas, United States of America
    • Schools: Wichita State University, Wichita Heights High School, Butler Community College, Kansas Wesleyan University
  4. Dennis Nilsen is a convicted serial killer and necrophiliac who killed 15 young men in the 70s and 80s in England. He cut up the bodies of his victims and disposed of them by flushing pieces down the toilet and burning the rest. He is currently serving a life sentence in HMP Full Sutton Maximum Security Prison in England. 

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
  5. While working as a nurse over the course of 16 years, Charles Cullen killed at least 35 victims - although the suspected number is actually in the hundreds. He killed patients through overdoses and medical contamination in New Jersey and Pennsylvania hospitals. Cullen was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 127 years in prison. Since then, investigations into the hospitals that employed Cullen have revealed that some may have been aware that he was harming patients without taking any measures to stop it.

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Nurse, Physician
  6. David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, terrorized the people of NYC in 1976-1977. Berkowitz claimed he was told by a demon dog to shoot his victims. He killed 6 people and wounded 7 more before getting caught in August 1977. Berkowitz received 6 life sentences.

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  7. Throughout 1979-1981, Atlanta was terrorized by the Atlanta Child Murders where 29 children were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered. After Wayne Williams was arrested in 1981 for the murder of two adults, police began to suspect that he was the dreaded child serial killer. Although Williams still maintains he is innocent of the child murders, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Schools: Georgia State University, Douglass High School
  8. In Italy, Donato Bilancia was responsible for the seven-month long crime spree in 1997 that resulted in the deaths of 17 people, both men and women. His motives for each crime were different, from robbery to sexual assault. He was arrested in 1998 and given 13 life sentences, along with 20 extra years for his sex crimes.

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Potenza, Italy
  9. During the early 1990s, Hu Wanlin was in prison for human trafficking. That didn't stop him from opening a medical practice while jailed. Once he was released after a retrial in 1997, Hu treated hundreds of patients with an herbal remedy that actually contained sodium sulphate. 146 people died of his treatments. He was arrested in 1999 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for practicing medicine without a license. 

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Mianyang, China
  10. Russian doctor Maxim Petrov was arrested in 2000 for murdering at least 19 people through a lethal drug combination. He stole from them and then set fire to the homes of his victims. He is currently serving a life sentence. 

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1965-1992)
  11. Kristen Gilbert worked as a nurse in Massachusetts when she killed four patients by injecting them with epinephrine. The drug caused the patients to have heart attacks. Gilbert allegedly used these medical emergencies to get the attention of a police officer. In 1998, she called a bomb threat into the hospital as revenge for her coworkers suspecting her of murder. In 2001, she was finally convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. 

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Nurse
    • Schools: Greenfield Community College
  12. From 1970 to 1987, Donald Harvey killed between 37 to 57 people. While most of his victims were patients in the hospital where he worked, he also poisoned people he knew, including his lover and neighbors. While Harvey claimed to be an Angel of Death, who kills to take away people's pain, he used painful poisons and methods of killing including suffocation, arsenic, cyanide and hepatitis B. He was sentenced to life in prison. 

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Physician
  13. Beverly Allitt worked as a nurse in an English hospital when she killed four children and tried to kill three more. She also caused many other children to be grievously harmed through her insulin overdoses, although they survived. In 1993, she was sentenced to 13 life sentences. 

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Nurse
  14. In 1971, Juan Corona, a Mexican man working on fruit ranches in California, killed at least 25 men. His victims had worked as laborers on the fruit ranches and were buried in the area. When Corona was caught, he plead not guilty by reason of insanity but was found guilty. He was given 25 life sentences, however he is up for parole in 2016. 

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Autlán, Mexico
    • Medical Conditions: Schizophrenia
  15. Along with his wife, Paul Bernardo killed and raped at least 3 young women, raping many more women during his time as The Scarborough Rapist. Together, he and his wife drugged and sexually assaulted her sister, who became their first joint victim. He was caught in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison. 

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
    • Schools: University of Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
  16. As the wife of serial rapist and killer Paul Bernardo, Karla Homolka was an accessory to a plethora of rapes and murders, many of which she took part in herself. Homolka facilitated the rape and murder of her younger sister and at least two other women. The couple was arrested in 1993. She was sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter and released in 2005. 

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Port Credit, Ontario, Canada
    • Schools: Queen's University, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
  17. One of Britain's most notorious serial killers, Peter Sutcliffe was responsible for the murder of 13 women over the span of 5 years, starting in 1975. The press called him The Yorkshire Ripper. Sutcliffe believed that God spoke to him and told him to kill prostitutes. He was caught in 1981 and sentenced to life in prison where he still resides. 

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    • Profession: Bassist
  18. From 1971-1987, Rosemary West tortured and killed at least ten women, with the assistance of her husband Fred. West was a victim of frequent sexual abuse by her father from the time she was a child and well into adulthood. In 1995, she was sentenced to life in prison. While her husband killed himself before going to trial, West still lives in prison in England. 

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    • Children: Heather Ann West, Mae West, Stephen West
  19. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley together killed 5 young women and children during what was called the Moors Murders. The couple sexually assaulted and murdered victims between the ages of 10 and 17. Brady was declared criminally insane in 1985, 20 years after he was apprehended. He currently is imprisoned in Ashworth Hospital in England. 

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  20. Scott Lee Kimball

    Colorado serial killer Scott Lee Kimball killed at least 4 people between 2003 and 2004. Although Kimball was caught in 2004, he was allowed out of prison as an FBI informant. During that time, he allegedly killed more people in the West Mesa Murders. Kimball is currently serving his 70-year sentence in Colorado State Penitentiary. 

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
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