Everything is bigger in Texas, and Texas killers are among the most brutal and notorious in the country. There are and have long been more than a few genuine serial killers in Texas, and a Texas serial killer is much like any other. Beyond the sheer number of serial murderers in the Lone Star State, there are some killers whose crimes are especially shocking and terrible.
This list of serial killers in Texas covers gruesome territory, so the squeamish should be advised. Quite a few of these criminals were captured, incarcerated, and ultimately executed, but some, like the Servant Girl Annihilator and the Phantom Killer, were never identified, let alone caught.Serial killers from Texas are covered on this list, as well as those who killed in the state but were not Texas natives.
Servant Girl Annihilator
Before Jack the Ripper began his spree in England, the killer known as the Servant Girl Annihilator terrorized Texas like a demonic tall tale. Between December 1884 and December 1885, at least seven women and one man were dragged out of their beds as they slept before being stabbed to death. While the crime remains technically unsolved, a 19-year-old named Nathan Elgin is strongly suspected.
Elgin had connections to all the victims, a club foot that matched a footprint found at one of the scenes, and he was shot to death in February 1886 while attempting to stab a woman to death.
"The Sunday Morning Slasher" is believed to have killed as many as 100 women between the ages of 14 and 44, kidnapping and torturing them before killing them. The murders took place in several different states, including his native Texas.
Watts was active for eight years throughout the '70s. He died of prostate cancer while in prison.
"The Railway Killer" robbed, raped, and murdered at least 15 people from 1986 to 1999, many of them in Texas.
Resendiz was a nationwide killer, stabbing, bludgeoning, and strangling his way through Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, and California.
"The Lake Elsinore Killer" is one of the most textbook cases of serial murder in American history. From 1974 to 1991, Suff raped, beat, strangled, and stabbed at least 13 - probably more than 20 - women in California and Texas. Even worse, all of those murders occurred after Suff was released from prison for beating his infant child to death.
He was sentenced to 70 years in 1974, but was then released on parole after 10 years. He was barely out of prison for 18 months before going on his decade-long murder spree.