6 Serial Killers Who Wore Disguises

List of serial killers who wore disguises, either during their crimes or afterwards. It’s not a very common occurrence for serial killers to wear masks, wigs, or any other types of disguises while committing their heinous crimes. Most serial killers already blend in with the general public. They often look just like your neighbor, your best friend, your parents, or any other person you might run into and not think about for another second. If a serial killer has decided to prey on a person, they usually don’t mind if their face is seen since that person is likely not long for this world.That’s why it’s all the more fascinating when a serial killer wears a disguise.

Serial killers who wear wigs, masks, and other cloaks for their identity often do so because of a psychological reason. Killers like Ed Gein made masks out of human flesh due to an insane part of the brain that commanded it. Other killers may have worn costumes for the thrill, as part of their killer routine.

Which serial killers have worn disguises? This list features the killers who have worn anything from a wig to a dress during or after theircrimes.


  • Ed Gein was responsible for the deaths of at least two people, although authorities found the remains of more people in his home in the form of window shades, belts, and other home decor. Gein also had multiple masks made of human flesh. Whether he wore them during his killings is unknown, but creepy nonetheless. 
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1906-1984)
    • Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States of America
  • Zodiac Killer
    Photo: San Francisco Police Department / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Not much is known about the Zodiac Killer, but it is often believed that he wore a mask while killing his at least 5 victims. Since there is no definitive proof of the Zodiac Killer's identity, the rumors of his mask could be just rumors.
    • Rafael Resendez-Ramirez

      Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, who stole and killed 8 victims throughout the U.S., was called a master of disguise. Not only would he use glasses and facial hair to hide his identity, he also changed his name and social security numbers.
      • Josef Branis

        Austrian serial killer Josef Branis killed four of his own family members in 2008. He immediately went on the run, wearing a white wig in order to hide his identity, but was caught two months later.