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Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive 

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Updated January 24, 2020 1.9M views 34 items

This is a list of famous serial killers who are still alive. When serial killers are caught, after a long period of horrific, evil crimes, it’s almost expected that their lives will be coming to an end. The usual sentence for multiple murders, especially ones committed by serial killers, is death. So that’s why it’s so remarkable to hear about serial killers that are still alive, most of whom are serving life sentences in prison. There are some serial killers on death row, and that is why they are still alive, as the process can sometimes be slow. Very few serial killers who have been caught have been released from prison, but there are still some odd exceptions where the law and morality don’t intersect.

Who are these famous killers who are still among the living? How did they escape a death sentence while on trial? What were their crimes and who were their victims? Are these some of America's most famous serial killers? There are some famous mass murderers on here, too. How did these serial killers murder their victims? This list answers these questions and more about some of the world’s most notorious living serial killers. If you'er curious about famous serial killers still alive, this is the perfect resource. It will feature a list of murderers, such as the worst death row inmates. 

What serial killers are still alive? Well, there are more serial killers alive today than you might expect. Gary Ridgway today is one of many serial killers in prison. Rosemary West, one-half of a duo who committed unspeakable crimes, is one of many famous murderers still alive. Paul Bernardo is probably one of the most dangerous serial killers alive. But there are unfortunately plent of other serial killers currently in prison.

Many famous serial killers were murdered in jail. The male and female serial killers on this list either received life sentences or managed to avoid life in prison. These rare serial killers may have taken the lives of at least three people, some with victim numbers over 50, yet are still alive.

Gary Ridgway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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Often known as the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway killed at least 49 people, with the number of victims probably closer to 90. Ridgway lured prostitutes away to be strangled and raped. He dumped the bodies in the forested areas in Washington, but his first five victims were found in the Green River. He was caught in 2001 after nearly twenty years of murders and sentenced to life in prison. 

Age: 70

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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Dennis Rader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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Better known as the BTK Killer, Dennis Rader killed 10 people in his native Kansas over a span of almost 20 years starting in 1974. Rader bound, tortured and killed his victims and then sent letters to the police and news outlets bragging about his crimes. He was caught in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison, one life sentence for each murder.

Age: 73

Birthplace: Pittsburg, Kansas, United States of America

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Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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While working as a nurse over the course of 16 years, Charles Cullen killed at least 35 victims - although the suspected number is actually in the hundreds. He killed patients through overdoses and medical contamination in New Jersey and Pennsylvania hospitals. Cullen was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 127 years in prison. Since then, investigations into the hospitals that employed Cullen have revealed that some may have been aware that he was harming patients without taking any measures to stop it.

Age: 59

Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey

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David Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive
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David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, terrorized the people of NYC in 1976-1977. Berkowitz claimed he was told by a demon dog to shoot his victims. He killed 6 people and wounded 7 more before getting caught in August 1977. Berkowitz received 6 life sentences.

Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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