If you know me, you know one of the things I most like to read about are serial killers. I've noticed over the years of reading about these fascinating people that a great deal of them live and commit their crimes in the Golden State. Why are so many of these killers in California?
While living in Los Angeles, I compiled a list of Californian serial killers. I started out by dividing the list into simply Northern and Southern California, eventually adding Central California, and ultimately, an entire category for just the Los Angeles area itself.
California has a disproportionate amount of serial killers compared to the rest of the nation while LA has a disproportionate amount of serial killers compared to the SF Bay Area and the rest of California.
What makes the Golden State, especially the LA area, such a popular destination for serial killers?
California Serial Killers
San Francisco Bay Area
Trailside Killer - David Carpenter
Michael Bear Carson & Suzan Carson
The I-5 Strangler- Roger Reece Kibb
The Vampire of Sacramento - Richard Chase
Gallego Sex Slave Killers - Gerald & Charlene Gallego
Morris Solomon, Jr.
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng (Calaveras County)
The Co-Ed Killer - Edmund Kemper
The Yosemite Killer - Cary Stayner
Wayne Adam Ford
The Machete Murderer - Juan Corona
The Night Stalker - Richard Ramirez (also SF Bay area)
The Dating Game Killer - Rodney Alcala
The Red Light Bandit
The Grim Sleeper - Lonnie David Franklin, Jr.
The Hillside Strangler - Kenneth Bianchi & Angelo Buono, Jr.
The Freeway Killer - Patrick Kearney (shares this nickname with William Bonin and Randy Steven Kraft)
Sunset Strip Killer - Doug Clark
Timothy Joseph McGee
The Freeway Killer - William Bonin
Bruce Jeffrey Pardo
Chester Dewayne Turner
The Lonely Hearts Killer - Harvey Glatman
Wineville Chicken Coop Murderer - Gordon Stewart Northcott
Mack Ray Edwards
Thor Nis Christiansen
The Freeway Killer - Randy Steven Kraft
Bedroom Basher - Gerald Parker
I-5 Killer or I-5 Bandit - Randall Woodfield
The Clairemont Killer - Cleophus Prince, Jr.
Riverside Killer - William Suff
Dana Sue Gray
Phillip Carl Jablonski (Riverside & SF Bay area)
List of Serial Killers by Country
California’s Most Notorious Killers
If I've left anyone off the list, feel free to comment or contact me and I'll update the list.