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The 20 Most Deadly Serial Killer Couples

Being a serial killer seems like it could get lonely. With so much waiting and plotting and thinking, they're bound to crave some real human companionship, right? So why not find a lover with some similar interests and team up to become... a killer couple? Here is a list of serial killer couples from the past decades whose endless love ended others' lives. 

Look at enough killer couples and you start to notice similarities - most killers were fleeing broken homes where violence, drinking, and sexual abuse were the norm. Most of the duos (but not all) found each other young and quickly began killing together. There's usually a dominant member of the couple, while the other was submissive and compliant, doing whatever they were told. In most cases though, both individuals had chances to flee but usually stayed.  

The biggest, baddest, and most finite commonality between these couples is that they almost always turned on each other when they were caught, blaming the other one and saying they were the innocent one. Usually juries didn't buy it, and virtually all of these killers were either executed or are currently serving long prison terms. So brace yourself for some creepy stuff and read through this list of horrifying killer couples.

  • Suzan And James Carson

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    James and Susan Carson (sometimes spelled "Suzan") became famous in the San Francisco Bay Area for their murders of at least three people, and maybe as many as a dozen people, who they claimed were waging "psychic attacks." Describing themselves as "vegetarian Muslim warriors,” the duo took massive amounts of drugs, converted to Islam, and lived on a pot farm. Then they started killing.

    The first was in Haight-Ashbury in 1981, when they killed their female roommate. They killed at least two more people, attempting to rid the world of witchcraft. They had a list of others to kill. They were eventually caught and held a press conference admitting to the murders, which they claimed were done to break evil spells that had been cast on them. Both were given prison terms of 75 years to life.

  • Fred and Rose West were a model couple for other horrible people to emulate. Fred claimed his childhood home was full of incest and abuse. Fred embarked on a career as a petty criminal and was involved in a couple of disappearances before meeting Rose. It is suspected that Rose killed one of Fred's children from a previous relationship while Fred was briefly incarcerated. The couple continued to murder, rape, and abuse both their children and others for many years. 

    Finally, in 1994, Fred was charged with 12 counts of murder, and he committed suicide while in custody. Rose went to trial in 1995, receiving a life sentence for 10 counts of murder. 

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  • Sisters Delfina and Maria Gonzales cut a swath of destruction unmatched in the history of horrible murder. Together, the Mexican sisters were responsible for 80 or 90 murders in the 1950s and 1960s. The sisters operated a brothel that also enslaved local girls. These girls, along with some men, were eventually murdered by the sisters. 

    The pair were eventually sentenced to 40 years in prison.

  • Alton Coleman And Debra Brown

    Starting in 1984 and working together, killer couple Alton Coleman and Debra Brown committed an astonishing number of murders, rapes, kidnappings, and armed robberies that occurred over the course of two months and spanned across the Midwest. The couple's victims included many young African-American girls. 

    Both were eventually found guilty on multiple counts and sentenced to die. Brown’s term was reduced to life in prison, but Coleman was executed in 2002.