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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. 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. 

    Born: 1949
    Birthplace: Salt Lake County, Area code 801, Area codes 801 and 385, Area code 385, Salt Lake City + 4 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Institution: Tyee Educational Complex
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  2. 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. 

    Born: 1964
    Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Scarborough, DVD Region 1
    Nationality: Canada
    Institution: University of Toronto Scarborough, University of Toronto, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
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  3. 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. They couple was arrested in 1993. She was sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter and released in 2005. 

    Born: 1970
    Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Port Credit, Ontario, DVD Region 1
    Nationality: Canada
    Institution: Queen's University, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
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  4. 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.

    Born: 1945
    Birthplace: Midwestern United States, Kansas, Crawford County, United States of America, Pittsburg + 1 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Institution: Wichita State University, Wichita Heights High School, Butler Community College, Kansas Wesleyan University
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  5. Peter Sutcliffe

    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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