For many, the thought of California elicits notions of surf and sunshine. The massive, majestic state forming a boarder between much of the US and the Pacific Ocean represents a dream: a laid-back, low-stress lifestyle and maybe even the chance to chase stardom.
But just as the palm trees that line its sunny streets can harbor nests of rats, California has been home to some of America's most notorious. From the Zodiac to the Night Stalker to the Grim Sleeper, a who's-who of infamous predators have either passed through the Golden State or committed the heft of their foul deeds there.
This list explores some of the scariest serial killers who have operated in California. From the historic to the very recent, California's bloody history of is almost unparalleled elsewhere in America, casting a grim cloud over a state known for its sunshine.
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