List of Famous Black Serial Killers

In the United States, the majority of documented serial killers are white men. However, there are at least 20 known Black serial killers in America. On this list of murder cases involving Black or African American serial killers, some of these famous killers used guns; others preferred knives. Many of the most notorious Black serial killers are serving life sentences in prison.

Who is the most famous Black serial killer? Henry Louis Wallace is surely near the top of the list. When Wallace was arrested in 1994, he made a full confession to police officers. He was found guilty of nine counts of murder and was handed nine death sentences. Samuel Little was another of the infamous Black serial killers. Chester Turner, another of the most well-known Black serial killers, was convicted of more than a dozen murders in Los Angeles. Who was the first Black serial killer? Who was the most infamous?

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  • Samuel Little

    Convicted of three murders in California in 2014, Samuel Little was already serving multiple sentences in prison. In 2018, however, Little confessed that his victim count is much higher, stating he'd killed approximately 93 people across 19 states between 1970 and 2005. That would make him one of the most prolific serial killers ever.

    As of late 2020, the FBI has been able to link him to over 50 of his confessed murders.

    Little died in prison on December 30, 2020, at age 80. 

  • Henry Louis Wallace raped and murdered multiple women in the area surrounding Charlotte, North Carolina, in the 1990s. In total, he was tied to 10 murders by stabbing and/or strangulation. When Wallace was arrested in 1994, he made a full confession to police officers. 

    He was found guilty of nine of the murders, and he is suspected of having killed more. He's serving his time on death row.

    • Born: 10-04-1965
    • Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Chester Turner killed many women in South Los Angeles and the Figureoa Corridor area. Turner was convicted of 10 murders in 2007, which happened between 1987 and 1998.

    He was imprisoned on rape charges after attacking but not killing a woman in 2002. In 2014, he was sentenced for four more murders and given another death sentence. He is linked to other murders and is currently on death row.

    • Born: 11-05-1966
    • Birthplace: Warren, Arkansas
  • Derrick Todd Lee was convicted of murdering two women, one of whom he bludgeoned and stabbed more than 80 times. He is thought to have been responsible for seven additional murders that took place between 1998 and 2003.

    He was sentenced to death for his horrific crimes, but he died in the hospital, where he was taken for emergency treatment in 2016.

    • Born: 11-05-1968
    • Birthplace: St. Francisville, Louisiana