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List Of Famous Black Serial Killers 

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Updated April 17, 2020 388.7k views 20 items

Horrific crimes are not limited to any single race, as this list of black serial killers proves. Over the years, there have been several murder cases involving 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. He raped and murdered multiple women in the area surrounding Charlotte, North Carolina, in the 1990s. In total, he killed at least 10 women 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 counts of murder and was handed nine death sentences. 

Chester Turner is another of the most well-known black serial killers, and was convicted of more than a dozen murders in Los Angeles. 

Samuel Little
Samuel Little is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List Of Famous Black Serial Killers
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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 90 people across numerous states between 1970 and 2005. This would make him one of the most prolific serial killers ever.

As of late 2018, the FBI has been able to link him to 34 of his confessed murders.

Henry Louis Wallace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List Of Famous Black Serial Killers
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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.

Chester Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List Of Famous Black Serial Killers
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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.

Derrick Todd Lee
Derrick Todd Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List Of Famous Black Serial Killers
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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.