What are some names of the serial killers of the U.S.A.?n/a

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is a fascinating and disturbing topic to reflect on how the United States has been the birthplace to more serial killers than it would wish to admit.  David Berkowitz, or the "Son of Sam" serial killer in New York in the mid- 1970s, was another serial killer that terrorized New Yorkers.  Eileen Vuornos killed men with whom she had sexual intercourse, breaking the myth that only men could be serial killers.  Andrew Cunannan was responsible for many deaths, including the murder of Versace.  Charles Manson and his followers went out and killed the LaBianca family and Hollywood actress Sharon Tate.  Ed Gein was the serial killer for whom the film "Psycho" was based.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Some of America's most notorious serial killers include:

  • David Berkowitz, Son of Sam
  • Kenneth Bianchi, the Hillside Strangler
  • Jeffrey Dahmer, the Wisconsin Cannibal
  • Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler
  • John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown
  • Ed Gein, inspiration for Silence of the Lambs
  • Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
  • Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker
  • Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer

Since I hail from Florida, these are among the state's most infamous mass murderers.

  • Ted Bundy, a killer in several states
  • Aileen Wournos, a prostitute who killed her johns 
  • Danny Rolling, killed five college students in Gainesville
  • Gerard Schaefer, police officer who killed 34 females
  • Gerald Stano, convicted of killing 41 women
  • Henry Lee Lucas, confessed to 3000+ murders
  • Ottis Toole, Lucas's accomplice who probably killed Adam Walsh
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Unfortunately there are too many to list, but some of the more infamous ones include Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 15 people in Wisconsin.  He was sentenced to life in prison.  John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 people (he worked during the day as a children's party clown) and received the death penalty.

Ted Bundy killed more than we know about, and received the death penalty in Florida.  He blamed his compulsion to kill on pornography.  Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, murdered scores of people and then eluded capture for more than 20 years.  When he finally went on trial, he pled guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Serial killer refer to murderers that kill a number of people (say 3 or more), over an extended period (say more than 30 day, with some gap or cooling off period between two successive murderers. Thus serial killers are quite distinct from people who commit multiple murders at same time. Also the objective of murder by serial killer is some kind of psychological gratification rather than things like robbery or enmity. Thus robbers, gangsters and people engaged in similar activity that kill people as part of their other criminal activity are not considered as serial killers.

A selective list of prominent serial killers in USA is given below.

Donald Henry: Convicted of 9 murders and executed in 1991. Confessed to more than 200 murders.

Charles Cullen: A nurse who killed 40 patients.

Ted Bundy: Murdered at least 35 women. Executed in 1989.

John Wyne Gracy: Killed at least 33 men and boys.

Joe Ball: Killed at least 30 women in early twentieth century.

Juan Corona: Convicted of murdering 25 people in 1971.

Ronald Dominique: confessed to murdering at least 23 men.

Carroll Cole: Killed 16 people between 1948 and 1980.

A more detailed list of serial killers in USA and many other countries is available on the web page referred below.

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pinky-promise | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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oj simpson.. he was famous for sports..

im pretty sure he killed his wife..

but they let him go..

figures..

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