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Serial killers have been a source of fear and morbid fascination for centuries. Serial killer documentaries are a guilty pleasure for many, delving into the evil deeds and twisted minds of the most most notorious serial killers such as the Zodiac Killer, Ted Bundy, and Charles Edmund Cullen. While many were executed within states with the death penalty, or died in prison, some are still at large.
If you have ever wondered how many serial killers are active in the United States right now, the answer is far from comforting – the FBI estimates that there are between 25 to 50 operating at any given time. The four main types of serial killers are thrill-seekers, mission-oriented, visionary killers, and power/control seekers. As you explore this list of the most prolific serial killer in every state, try to determine what their main motives were. American serial killers were chosen based on who killed the most victims in every state regardless of origin and crimes committed in other states.
What is a Serial Killer?
The most commonly used serial killer definition is as follows: A serial killer is a murderer who has killed three or more people, typically with a significant “cool down” period between each killing, taking place over a time period of a month or more. In most cases, a serial killer’s motive is to satisfy an abnormal psychological urge. Serial killers typically act alone.
Who is the Clown Serial Killer?
The serial killer known as the “Killer Clown” is John Wayne Gacy Jr. He received this nickname due to the fact that he worked as a clown who performed at kids’ birthday parties. Between 1972 and 1978 he killed at least 33 people, all teenage boys and young men. Gacy is not only the most prolific serial killer to have operated in the state of Illinois, he is also one of the most famous serial killers of all time.
Who is the Worst Serial Killer in the United States?
The serial killer with the most confirmed victims in the United States is Gary Leon Ridgway a.k.a. the “Green River Killer”. He has been convicted of 49 murders to date making him the most prolific serial killer in the state of Washington as well as in the United States. In fact, his actual body count may be even higher as he has confessed to at least 71 total victims throughout the 80s and 90s.