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28 Serial Killers Who Were Never Caught 

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Updated January 21, 2020 958.7k views 28 items

List of serial killers who were never caught in their lifetime. It’s comforting to know that most serial killers get caught and put behind bars to pay for their crimes. Families of the victims get some sort of peace knowing that justice has been served, while locals get the relief of knowing that a dangerous person has been taken off the streets. Unfortunately, not all serial killers are apprehended. Throughout history, a few serial killers have escaped the grasps of law enforcement, due to their cunning and ability to stay under the radar.

Many of the unsolved serial killer crimes became huge mysteries in human history, from the elusive Zodiac Killer to the menacing Jack the Ripper, with no definitive suspects attached to the crimes. Other serial killers got away with the crimes until after their deaths, when their names were attached to the crimes nobody knew they committed in their lifetime. Some of these are serial killers on the loose, currently under investigation.

Which serial killers managed to never get caught? The killers on this list are mostly known by their media-given nicknames due to their elusive nature. Whether they will ever be discovered is still a mystery.

Charlie Chop-off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 28 Serial Killers Who Were Never Caught
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

In a terrifying period between 1972 to 1974 at least five black children were attacked, and often murdered, in Manhattan. No one was ever sentenced, but one suspect, Erno Soto, confessed to one of the murders. Unfortunately, he was considered unfit to stand trial and committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Zodiac Killer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 28 Serial Killers Who Were Never Caught
Photo: San Francisco Police Department/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

As one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, the Zodiac Killer made a name for himself as he killed several people in the San Francisco Bay Area and taunted local newspapers with letters about his crimes. While multiple suspects have been named, the case currently remains unsolved and inactive.

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Phantom Killer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 28 Serial Killers Who Were Never Caught
Photo: Texarkana Daily News/Wikipedia/Public Domain

In 1946, 8 people were attacked by an unknown killer that was sometimes dubbed the Phantom Killer. The town of Texarkana lived in terror for months as couples were brutally attacked. Throughout the history of the case, almost 400 people were arrested on suspicion of being the Moonlight Murderer.

The Atlanta Ripper
Atlanta Ripper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 28 Serial Killers Who Were Never Caught
Photo: The Atlanta Ripper

In 1911, around 20 black women were brutally murdered by an unknown killer in Atlanta. Although several suspects were arrested, no one was ever charged with the crimes