Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive

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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. Peter Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    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
  2. Rosemary West is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    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
  3. Ian Brady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    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
  4. Scott Lee Kimball

    Scott Lee Kimball is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    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: 49
    • Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
  5. Robert Pickton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton was dubbed The Pig Farmer Killer due to his profession as a farmer and tendency to kidnap and murder women. His number of victims is anywhere between 6 and 49 women. He killed from 1983 to 2002, when he was caught and sentenced to life in prison. 
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    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Port Coquitlam, Canada
    • Profession: Farmer
  6. Russell Williams

    Russell Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    Colonel Russell Williams, a decorated military pilot, became one of Canada's most notorious serial killers when it was discovered that he killed, robbed and raped multiple women in 2009-2010. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2010. 
  7. Peter Tobin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    Peter Tobin killed and raped at least three women in the 90s and early 00s. Tobin had previously served time for raping his teenage neighbors. Tobin is also suspected of being the infamous Bible John serial killer, although he was never officially charged with the crimes. Tobin is currently serving at least 21 years in prison.
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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Johnstone, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Handyman
  8. Steve Wright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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    Steve Wright, aka the Suffolk Strangler, killed five prostitutes in 2006. The English serial killer was caught ten days after his last murder and sentenced to life in prison. He is currently serving his life sentence and may go on trial for his connections to the murder of at least two other women. 
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Erpingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Landlord, Truck driver
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