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Famous American Serial Killers

Updated April 29, 2020 1.4m views130 items

The following is a list of known serial killers who were born in or have operated in the US. 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. This list of notable US serial killers is alphabetical by last name.

  • Photo: John Towner James (author), Kan-Okla Publishing Company (Wichita, KS), publisher. / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Bloody Benders

    The Bloody Benders were a family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County, KS, from 1871 to 1873. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate.

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    • Photo: Bob Travaglione / Wikipedia / Fair Use
      Robert Andrew Berdella Jr. (January 31, 1949 – October 8, 1992) was an American serial killer, known as The Kansas City Butcher and The Collector, who kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered at least six men between 1984 and 1987 in Kansas City, Missouri after having forced his victims to endure periods of up to six weeks of captivity.Describing his murders as being "some of my darkest fantasies becoming my reality", Berdella pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the first degree murder of one of his victims, Larry Pearson, in August 1988, and would later plead guilty to one further charge of first degree murder, and four charges of...  more
      • Age: Dec. at 43 (1949-1992)
      • Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA
      • Gender: Male
    • Photo: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
      Kenneth Alessio Bianchi (born May 22, 1951) is an American serial killer, kidnapper, and rapist. He is also known for the Hillside Strangler murders along with his cousin Angelo Buono in Los Angeles, California, as well as having murdered two more women in Washington by himself. He is currently serving a sentence of life imprisonment in Washington State Penitentiary for these crimes. Bianchi is also a suspect in the alphabet murders, three unsolved murders in his home city of Rochester, New York....  more
      • Age: 68
      • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
      • Gender: Male
    • Photo: California law enforcement / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
      Angelo Anthony Buono Jr. (October 5, 1934 – September 21, 2002) was an American serial killer, kidnapper and rapist, who together with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi were known as the Hillside Stranglers, and were convicted of killing ten young women in Los Angeles, California between October 1977 and February 1978....  more
      • Age: Dec. at 68 (1934-2002)
      • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA
      • Gender: Male