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?

The Carr brothers worked together to commit atrocities in December 2000. Warning, this list is not for the faint of heart. However, for the true crime fans, this list of Black serial killers will be an informative journey of the macabre.


  • Paul Durousseau was charged with the murders of five women in Florida, two of whom were pregnant, between 2002 and 2003. Additionally, German officials suspect him in several murder cases that occurred in the early 1990s, when Durousseau, who served in the Army, was stationed in Germany. He was only convicted for one murder, however, and given a death sentence in 2007 that was later thrown out by the Supreme Court in 2016 because “Durousseau’s death sentence was imposed under an unconstitutional capital sentencing statute.” 

    Durousseau reportedly met several of his victims when he was driving a cab. 

    • Born: 08-11-1970
    • Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas
  • Lorenzo Gilyard is suspected of raping and strangling 13 women in Missouri between 1977 and 1993. Most of his victims were prostitutes. 

    Gilyard was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for six of the murders. 

    • Born: 05-24-1950
    • Birthplace: Missouri
  • Craig Price was just 15 years old in 1989 when he was arrested for killing his neighbors and admitted to murdering a neighborhood woman when he was only 13. Originally tried as a minor, Price was scheduled to be released when he turned 21, but he was held in prison on other charges.

    In 2017, he was given a 25-year sentence for the attempted murder of an inmate.

    • Born: 10-11-1973
  • Mark Goudeau, AKA the Baseline Killer, was charged with nine murders, 15 sexual assualts, and a number of other crimes that took place in the Phoenix area between 2005 and 2006. In 2017, he was linked to a rape from decades earlier through DNA evidence.

    He was sentenced to multiple life sentences - a total of 438 years in prison.

    • Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona