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List of Famous Black Serial Killers  

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This list includes information on black serial killers, loosely ranked by fame and notoriety. 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 tops the list. He raped and murdered multiple women in the area surrounding Charlotte, NC 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 handed nine death sentences. As of 2016, he's on death row.

Chester Turner is another of the most well-known black serial killers,  one of the men suspected of killing more than 100 women in South Central Los Angeles. Turner was convicted of more than a dozen Southside Slayer murders. He was in prison on rape charges when his DNA was connect to the LA killings. In 2016, Turner's on death row.

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Samuel Little
Samuel Little is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Black Serial Killers
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Convicted and charged in 2014, Samuel Little is currently serving a life sentence for the murders of three women in California between 1987 and 1989. In 2018, however, Little confessed that his victim count is much higher, stating he'd killed approximately 90 people across numerous states. Now serving his sentence in Texas, Little has been connected to two additional murders in Georgia, while investigators work to connect five others confessed by Little.

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, NC 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 received nine death sentences. As of 2016, he's serving his time on death row.

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Chester Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Black Serial Killers
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Chester Turner is one of the men suspected of killing more than 100 women in South Central Los Angeles. Turner was convicted of more than a dozen Southside Slayer murders, which happened between 1987 and 1998. He was imprisoned on rape charges when his DNA was connected to many of the LA killings

Turner has been sentenced to die, many times over. He is currently on death row.

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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. DNA linked him to five 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.

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