The United States has been home to some of the worst serial killers in human history. These American serial killers have some of the highest number of victims in history, arguably making them the scariest human beings on the planet. Although there are many other prolific serial killers throughout the world, the United States has one of the largest groups of killers with 10 or more victims. Although some serial killers boast of hundreds of victims to their names, others have a more terrifying, if not lower number, of kills.
With the number of victims that each serial killer on this list has, it’s a wonder that these killers got away with it for as long as they could. Some of the killers had dozens of victims before anyone discovered that a single crime had been committed, while others were hunted by police for years.
Which serial killers in the United States had the highest number of victims? How did they get away with the crimes for so long? What was it that finally got them caught? This list features the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.
Samuel Little started serving three life sentences in 2014 after being found guilty of murdering three women in Southern California between 1987 and 1989. After his initial conviction, authorities began finding evidence that suggested he murdered people in over nine states.
In November 2018, Little confessed to over 90 murders, some going as far back as the '60s. Little was able to recall significant details about his victims, which authorities believe were killed in 14 different states. So far, investigators have been able to confirm roughly 30 of the murders - seven of which were in Georgia - and they don't have much reason to not believe Little committed the other murders as well.
In February 2019, Little started to draw his victims for the FBI, who hoped to identify some of his victims. He drew 16 in total.
"By the time we are done, we anticipate that Samuel Little will be confirmed as one of the most prolific serial killers in American history," Bobby Bland, district attorney of Ector County, TX, told The New York Times.
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of Americasee more on Gary Ridgway
Birthplace: Ohio, United States of Americasee more on Donald Harvey
Age: Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of Americasee more on John Wayne Gacy