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9 Serial Killers Who Were Married  

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This list of married serial killers includes some of the most notorious criminals in history. From BTK to the Green River Valley slayer, this list of serial killers who had wives or husbands includes criminals like John Wayne Gacy, Dennis Radner, and Robert Lee Yates.

Also among the many serial killers who were not only some of most notorious in history, but also happened to be married are Dr. H.H. Holmes, Albert Fish, and Marcel Petiot. Many of these serial killers also engaged in sexual assault, including Paul Bernardo, Russell Williams, and Andrei Chikatilo, the latter of whom may have consumed as many as 100 people, without his wife suspecting.

Other married serial killers include Harvey Carignan, Jerry Brudos, and serial child killer Marybeth Tinning. Many of the spouses of these criminals claim to not have known that their significant other was involved in vile and despicable criminal activities.

Though the crimes committed by these married murderers are appalling and horrendous, many are now behind bars, unable to commit further crimes.

Robert Lee Yates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 9 Serial Killers Who Were Married
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Linda Yates says she never suspected anything more than infidelity from her husband Robert Lee Yates when, in 1999, she caught him burning credit card statements that included charges from seedy hotels.

Then, one day in 2000, the authorities found a body in the Yates's backyard. Many more bodies would appear. Robert Lee Yates is currently awaiting termination in Washington state.


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Herb Baumeister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 9 Serial Killers Who Were Married
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Julie Baumeister had some suspicion that something wasn't right when her 13-year-old son discovered a skull while playing on the family's property. Julie confronted her husband, to whom she had been married for 23 years, and asked for an explanation. Herb replied that it was a relic of his deceased father's medical career. The bones eventually disappeared and Julie thought animals had carried them off.

Haunted by the discovery, Julie let police search their property. After an investigation, the bodies of at least 16 men were found on the family's property as well as on rural roads in Indiana and Ohio. Herb never returned home, but instead, slipped into Canada and took his own life. 


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John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 9 Serial Killers Who Were Married
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Carole Hoff was John Wayne Gacy's second wife, but their marriage only lasted a few years. She eventually divorced him, complaining he spent too much time working and volunteering in politics. Little did she know, he was also exterminating teen boys. 

A horrible stench emanated from the crawl space of the couple's home and Gacy told people that the smell was caused by moisture. His neighbors thought it was just animal remains, but the true source of the smell was actually the remnants of Tim McCoy, who Gacy took out and buried in the home's crawlspace in 1972. McCoy was but one of many, many victims of Gacy's.

Gacy was terminated by the state of Illinois in 1994.


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Dennis Rader is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 9 Serial Killers Who Were Married
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Three years after Paula and Dennis Rader married, he began taking people out. Known as the BTK Killer, Rader stopped his antics in 1991, but continued to taunt authorities with phone calls and cryptic letters into 2004.

Paula divorced him in 2005, the same year his actions caught up to him, and he was caught and given 10 consecutive life sentences.


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