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20 Serial Killers Who Served in the Military

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List RulesSerial killers who enlisted in the military

List of serial killers who served in the military. Who are some serial killers who have been in the military? This is a list of serial killers with known military backgrounds. It's difficult to define characteristics that meet every serial killer's profile. Though some may have had excellent careers in the military profession, others performed less than satisfactory and were discharged within a short period of time.

Who are some serial killers who performed well in the military? Robert Lee Yates, for example, had a long military career. Charles Whitman earned many honors during his military career, and Timothy McVeigh loved military service. Other serial killers who did not do well in the military include Dennis Rader whose career was described as "unremarkable" and Dean Corll who outwardly hated military service. Then there's Charles Ng who was sentenced to 14 years in military prison for stealing weaponry and attempted desertation.

There are also other serial killers who were discharged from the military for personality disorders and could not move up in the ranks. Jeffrey Dahmer was discharged from the military when his performance began to suffer due to his alcoholism. Randy Steven Kraft was discharged after disclosing his sexuality.

This is a list of serial killers who where in the military service.

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  • What can be creepier than a serial killer known as the Candy Man? From 1970 to 1973 before he was murdered himself, Corll murdered at least 28 boys whom he abducted, raped and tortured. Corll's family owned a candy factory in Texas where he worked as a young boy and eventually became the vice president. Corll was also drafted in the US Army in 1964 where he trained as a radio repairman.

    Though Corll's military record was pristine, he reportedly hated military service and applied for a hardship discharge on the basis of being needed within his family's candy business. He was granted an honorable discharge after 10 months of service in 1965. 

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    Perhaps most notorious for his military career, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and wounded more than 600 others. He was sentenced to death by legal injection in 2001. McVeigh was highly interested in firearms and weaponry and graduated from the U.S. Army Infantry School. He served in the U.S. Army and was a decorated soldier who served in the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm.

    He was discharged in 1991 after his failure to join the United States Army Special Forces due to his unsuitable psychological profile.  

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    Andrei Chikatilo was a Russian Soviet serial killer whose victim count includes a minimum of 52 women and children from 1978 to 1990 before he was arrested and confessed to a total of 56 murders and tried for 53 killings in 1992. He was convicted and sentenced to death and executed in 1994. Chikatilo was drafted into the Soviet Army in 1957 where he worked in the communications unit in Berlin for his compulsory military service until 1960.

    He also joined the Communist party and had an unblemished military record. 

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    From 1970 to 1990, Dennis Rader terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area until he was finally arrested and revealed in 2005. Rader seemed to be an average married father of two who worked for ADT Security Services. In 1966 Rader joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Alabama before being sent to Okinawa and then mainland Japan until the end of his service in 1970.

    His military record has been described as "unremarkable." Rader is currently serving 10 life sentences in a Kansas prison.

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