While Florida is known as a popular destination for spring breakers, retirees, and tourists from all around the world, its warm weather and beautiful beaches also seem to attract or produce some of the worst serial killers in America. From deadly babysitters to killer cops, the "Sunshine State" has been home to some of the darkest murderers in the United States, making it one of the top five states where you're most likely to meet a serial killer. Some were creepy serial killer artists, who made their horrific acts perversely aesthetic. Other Florida serial killers, like Ted Bundy and Bobby Joe Long, had nation-wide crime sprees that ended with death row in the Sunshine State. Whatever the case, you may want to consider reading on before that Spring Break trip to Daytona. After all, you definitely don't want to run into any serial killers from Florida.
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Eddie Lee Mosley
DNA tests conducted in 2000 and 2001 linked Eddie Lee Mosley to the murders of eight Florida woman and girls in the 1970s and 1980s, but they also exonerated two men who had been convicted of some of the killings perpetrated by Mosley. Jerry Frank Townsend, a man with severe mental disabilities, was released in 2001 after serving more than 20 years for two murders committed by Mosley, while another man, Frank Lee Smith, died of cancer in 2000 while on death row, having served 14 years for raping and killing an 8-year-old girl who had actually been attacked by Mosley.
Mosley, who has severe mental disabilities, has never been tried for the killings he has been connected to by DNA evidence, but he has been in a secure psychiatric hospital since 1988.
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The Flat-Tire Murderer
From February 1975 to July 1975, five young women and teenage girls were killed in South Florida, leading police to suspect the murders were the work of a single perpetrator. The killings were dubbed the "flat-tire murders" because the authorities believed the killer deflated the tires of his victims' vehicles, allowing him to offer his help when they realized they were stranded in a commercial parking lot.
This ruse enabled the serial killer to take the lives of Ronnie Gorlin, Elyse Napp, Barbara Stephens, Barbara Schreiber, and Belinda Zetterower over the course of just five months in 1975. Chillingly, the murderer of these women and girls has never been identified or apprehended.