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Famous American serial killers list - a comprehensive list of known serial killers who were born or have operated in the US. Who are some famous serial murderers? Serial killers in the USA outnumber those in other countries on a per capita basis, but this data may be due to better law enforcement records. These killers have many victims to their name. Who are the most infamous serial killers? This list of notable US serial killers is alphabetical by first name; you can sort by any column. You can copy this list of the worst, most notorious American serial killers and make your very own list of the most famous serial killers in the United States. List can then be re-ordered to fit your needs.
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Ed Gein is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Ed Gein Died at 78 (1906-1984) two known victims, one suspected victim, four missing persons; elements of Gein's life and crimes have inspired, at least in part, the films Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the novel/movie The Silence of the Lambs
Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein was an American murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after ...more

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Janie Lou Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Janie Lou Gibbs Died at 78 (1932-2010) Georgia poisoner who killed five family members
Janie Lou Gibbs was an American serial killer from Cordele, Georgia, who killed her three sons, a grandson, and her husband, by poisoning them with rat poison in 1966 and 1967.

Kristen Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Kristen Gilbert age 48 aka the "Angel of Death"; nurse convicted of killing four by epinephrine injection
Kristen Heather Gilbert born Kristen Heather Strickland, November 13, 1967 is an American serial killer who was convicted for three first-degree murders, one second-degree murder and two ...more

Lorenzo Gilyard is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Lorenzo Gilyard age 65 killed up to 13 prostitutes in the Kansas City area 1977 to 1993
Lorenzo Jerome Gilyard, Jr. is an American serial killer. A former trash company supervisor, Gilyard is alleged to have raped and murdered 13 women and girls from 1977 to 1993. He was convicted ...more

Harvey Glatman is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Harvey Glatman Died at 32 (1927-1959) Californian rapist and killer of three women; lured women to pose for "bondage photographs"; executed September 18, 1959
Harvey Murray Glatman was an American serial killer active during the late 1950s. He was known in the media as "The Lonely Hearts Killer."

Jeffrey Gorton is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Jeffrey Gorton age 53 convicted of two rape-murders in Michigan, suspected of more
Jeffrey Wayne Gorton is an American murderer and rapist, who was convicted in 2002 of the rape and murder of flight attendant Nancy Ludwig on February 17, 1991 at the Hilton hotel in Romulus, ...more

Dana Sue Gray is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Dana Sue Gray age 58 convicted of murder of three elderly women and attempted murder of a fourth in California
Dana Sue Gray is an American serial killer who murdered three elderly women in 1994. She was caught after her fourth victim survived and identified her. Gray says she committed these murders to ...more

Vaughn Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Vaughn Greenwood age 71 Vaughn Orrin Greenwood is an American serial killer known by the nickname the "Skid Row Slasher."

Belle Gunness is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Belle Gunness Died at 49 (1859-1908) murder-for-profit killer who killed her suitors and children in Indiana
Belle Sorenson Gunness was a Norwegian serial killer. Standing six feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds, she was a physically strong woman. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and ...more

Anna Marie Hahn is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Anna Marie Hahn Died at 32 (1906-1938) German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men; executed in 1938
Anna Marie Hahn was a German-born American serial killer.

Robert Hansen is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Robert Hansen Died at 75 (1939-2014) Alaskan baker who killed prostitutes at his cabin; convicted of four murders but admitted to 11 others
Robert Christian Hansen, known in the media as the "Butcher Baker" was an American serial killer. Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen abducted, raped and murdered at least 17, and possibly ...more

Donald Harvey is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Donald Harvey age 64 aka "Angel of Death"; hospital orderly; confessed to more than 80 "mercy killings" with 37 confirmed killings
Donald Harvey is an American serial killer who claims to have murdered 87 people. The official estimates of the number of people he murdered range anywhere from at least 37 to 57 deaths. Harvey ...more

William Heirens is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
William Heirens Died at 84 (1928-2012) aka "The Lipstick Killer"; confessed to three murders spanning from June 1945 to January 1946
William George Heirens was a convicted American serial killer who confessed to three murders in 1946. Heirens was called the Lipstick Killer due to a notorious message scrawled in lipstick at a ...more

H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
H. H. Holmes Died at 35 (1861-1896) Active from 1890 to 1894 during Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; convicted of only one murder but definitively tied to at least 8 more and confessed to a total of 27
Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago at the time of the 1893 ...more

Waneta Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Waneta Hoyt Died at 52 (1946-1998) New York woman who murdered her five children
Waneta Ethel Hoyt was an American serial killer.

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D Michael Hughes is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
D Michael Hughes killed four women in the Los Angeles area between 1992 and 1993; charged in 2008 with raping and murdering four additional women between 1986 and 1993

Michael Hughes is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Famous American Serial Killers

Leslie Irvin is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Leslie Irvin Died at 59 (1924-1983) aka "Mad Dog"; convicted of killing six people in Indiana in the mid-1950s; his Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants
Leslie "Mad Dog" Irvin was an American serial killer whose killing spree in the early 1950s terrorized residents of southwestern Indiana and whose Supreme Court case set a precedent ...more

Phillip Carl Jablonski is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Phillip Carl Jablonski

Keith Hunter Jesperson is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Keith Hunter Jesperson age 62 Canadian serial killer convicted in the United States
Keith Hunter Jesperson is a Canadian-American serial killer who embarked on a murderous spree in the United States during the early 1990s. Jesperson was known as the "Happy Face ...more

Vincent Johnson is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Vincent Johnson age 46 aka the "Brooklyn Strangler"; a homeless crack addict who killed at least five prostitutes
Vincent Johnson, is an American serial killer popularly known as the Brooklyn Strangler.

Genene Jones is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Genene Jones age 65 Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care. Convicted of only one murder but suspected of 10 or more others
Genene Anne Jones is a former pediatric nurse who killed somewhere between 1 and 46 infants and children in her care. She used injections of digoxin, heparin and later succinylcholine to induce ...more

Patrick Kearney is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Patrick Kearney age 77 necrophiliac convicted of 21 murders in California and admitted to seven other murders
Patrick Wayne Kearney is an American serial killer who preyed on young men in California during the 1970s. He is sometimes referred to as "The Freeway Killer", a nickname he shares ...more

Edmund Kemper is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Edmund Kemper age 68 started killing when he was 15 years old in Santa Cruz, California; convicted of six murders and implicated in four others
Edmund Emil "Big Ed" Kemper III, also known as "The Co-ed Killer", is an American serial killer and necrophile who was active in California in the early 1970s. He started his ...more

Tillie Klimek is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Tillie Klimek Died at 60 (1876-1936) Chicago woman who poisoned five husbands; sentenced to life imprisonment
Ottilie "Tillie" Klimek was a Polish American serial killer, active in Chicago. According to legend, she pretended to have precognitive dreams, accurately predicting the dates of death ...more

Randy Steven Kraft is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Randy Steven Kraft age 72 convicted of the murders of 16 young men and boys; suspected of 51 others in California
Randy Steven Kraft is an American serial killer known as the "Scorecard Killer" and the "Freeway Killer" who committed the rape, torture, mutilation and murder of a minimum ...more

Paul John Knowles is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Paul John Knowles Died at 28 (1946-1974) raped and murdered 18 people
Paul John Knowles, also known as The Casanova Killer, was an American serial killer tied to the deaths of 18 people in 1974, though he claimed to have taken 35 lives.

Timothy Krajcir is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Timothy Krajcir age 72 confessed to killing more than nine women—five in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania
Timothy Wayne Krajcir is a convicted American serial killer from West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania who has confessed to killing over nine women: five in Missouri and four others in Illinois ...more

Leonard Lake is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Leonard Lake Died at 40 (1945-1985) ex-Marines and survivalists; killed at least 11 people and suspected of 25; collected and murdered female sex slaves
Leonard Thomas Lake was an American serial killer. He often used the alias Leonard Hill. The crimes he committed with Charles Ng became known after Lake committed suicide by taking a cyanide ...more

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Peter Kudzinowski is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Peter Kudzinowski Died at 26 (1903-1929) killed children in New Jersey in the 1920s
Peter Kudzinowski was a Polish-born American serial killer who committed his crimes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Charles Ng is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Charles Ng age 55 ex-Marines and survivalists; killed at least 11 people and suspected of 25; collected and murdered female sex slaves
Charles Chi-Tat Ng is a Hong Kong serial killer. He is believed to have raped, tortured and murdered between 11 and 25 victims with his accomplice Leonard Lake at Lake's cabin in Calaveras ...more

Derrick Todd Lee is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Derrick Todd Lee age 47 aka the "Baton Rouge Serial Killer"; convicted of two murders; linked by DNA evidence to five others
Derrick Todd Lee is a convicted serial killer, nicknamed the Baton Rouge Serial Killer. He was linked by DNA to the deaths of seven women in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas in Louisiana, and ...more

Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Henry Lee Lucas Died at 65 (1936-2001) convicted of 11 murders and confessed to approximately 3000 others, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish; a task force set up to investigate his claims suggested that the true number of his murders may be as high as 213
Henry Lee Lucas was an American serial killer. Lucas was arrested in Texas and, on the basis of his confessions, hundreds of unsolved murders attributed to him were officially classified as ...more

Michigan murders is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Michigan murders committed separately in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor between 1967 and 1969
The Michigan Murders were a series of highly publicized killings in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area of Southeastern Michigan between 1967 and 1969 that terrified Washtenaw County for over two ...more

Rhonda Belle Martin is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Rhonda Belle Martin Died at 50 (1907-1957) Alabama poisoner who murdered six family members; suspected of poisoning at least nine; executed in 1957
Rhonda Bell Thomley Martin was an American serial killer. A 49-year-old waitress in Montgomery, Alabama, she confessed in March 1956 to poisoning her mother, two husbands, and three of her ...more

Lee Boyd Malvo is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Lee Boyd Malvo age 32 aka "Beltway Snipers"; Muhammad is convicted of seven murders so far and awaiting prosecution for nine others; Malvo was convicted of, plead guilty to, or confessed to at least nine murders
Lee Boyd Malvo, also known as John Lee Malvo, is a Jamaican-American convicted murderer who, along with John Allen Muhammad, committed murders in connection with the Beltway sniper attacks in ...more

Frederick Mors is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Frederick Mors Frederick Mors was an Austrian serial killer who, while employed in a nursing home in New York City, killed eight elderly patients by poisoning. When questioned by police he was very ...more

John Allen Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
John Allen Muhammad Died at 49 (1960-2009) aka "Beltway Snipers"; Muhammad is convicted of seven murders so far and awaiting prosecution for nine others; Malvo was convicted of, plead guilty to, or confessed to at least nine murders
John Allen Muhammad was an American convicted murderer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He, along with his seventeen-year-old partner, Lee Boyd Malvo, carried out the Beltway sniper attacks of ...more

Herbert Mullin is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Herbert Mullin age 68 schizophrenic in Santa Cruz, California who killed people to prevent earthquakes; convicted of 10 murders and confessed to three others
Herbert William Mullin is a serial killer who committed 13 murders in California in the early 1970s.

Earle Nelson is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Earle Nelson Died at 31 (1897-1928) aka "Gorilla Man"; necrophiliac convicted and hanged for one murder; implicated in about 20 others
Earle Leonard Nelson, aka The Gorilla Killer, was an American serial killer.

Marie Noe is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Marie Noe age 89 murdered eight of her children between 1949 and 1968
Marie Noe is an American serial killer. She was convicted in June 1999 of murdering eight of her children. Between 1949 and 1968, eight of the ten Noe children died of mysterious causes which ...more

Gordon Stewart Northcott is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Famous American Serial Killers

Carl Panzram is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Carl Panzram Died at 39 (1891-1930) murderer, rapist and arsonist; convicted of two murders; confessed to 19 others; executed in 1930
Carl Panzram was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar. He is known for his confession to his only friend, prison guard Henry Lesser. Panzram confessed to 21 murders and to ...more

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Gerald Parker is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Gerald Parker age 60 Gerald Parker is a serial killer who raped and murdered five Orange County, California women, attacked a sixth, and killed her unborn child; the crimes took place in the 1970s, but he was ...more

Christopher Peterson is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Christopher Peterson Died at 62 (1950-2012) aka the "Shotgun Killer", confessed to shooting seven people with a shotgun in a killing spree spanning from October 30, 1990 to December 18, 1990 in Indiana.
Christopher Peterson was the Arthur F. Thurnau professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the former chair of the clinical psychology area. He was science ...more

Dorothea Puente is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Dorothea Puente Died at 82 (1929-2011) convicted of three killings in Sacramento, California during the 1980s; suspected of six others
Dorothea Helen Puente was a convicted American serial killer. In the 1980s, Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and ...more

Dennis Rader is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Dennis Rader age 70 aka the "BTK Killer"; killed ten people between 1974 and 1991 in Sedgwick County, Kansas
Dennis Lynn Rader is an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, between 1974 and 1991. He is known as the BTK killer. "BTK" stands for "Bind, Torture, ...more

Richard Ramirez is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Richard Ramirez Died at 53 (1960-2013) aka the "Night Stalker"; terrorized Los Angeles in 1984 and 1985; convicted of 14 murders
Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, was an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar. His highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized the residents ...more

David Parker Ray is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
David Parker Ray Died at 63 (1939-2002) convicted of rape and torture and sentenced to 224 years in prison; FBI believes he was responsible for the deaths of 60 women in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
David Parker Ray, also known as the "Toy-Box Killer", was a suspected American serial killer and known torturer of women. Though no bodies were found, he was accused by his accomplices ...more

Ángel Maturino Reséndiz is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Ángel Maturino Reséndiz Died at 47 (1959-2006) killed nine people in Texas, Kentucky, and Illinois
Angel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railroad Killer/The Railway Killer/The Railcar Killer, was an itinerant Mexican serial killer responsible for as many as 15 murders across the United ...more