Wednesday, November 2, 2011

California Serial Killers [crime, california]

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

Northern California


San Francisco Bay Area


Zodiac Killer

Trailside Killer - David Carpenter

Michael Bear Carson & Suzan Carson


Sacramento


The I-5 Strangler- Roger Reece Kibb

The Vampire of Sacramento - Richard Chase

Gallego Sex Slave Killers - Gerald & Charlene Gallego

Dorothea Puente

Morris Solomon, Jr.

Leonard Lake & Charles Ng (Calaveras County)


Santa Cruz


Herbert Mullin

The Co-Ed Killer - Edmund Kemper


Yosemite

The Yosemite Killer - Cary Stayner

Humboldt


Wayne Adam Ford


Yuba City

The Machete Murderer - Juan Corona

Central California


Bakersfield


Vincent Brothers


Fresno


Marcus Wesson


Southern California


Los Angeles


The Night Stalker - Richard Ramirez (also SF Bay area)
Charles Manson
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)
Su
nset Strip Killer - Doug Clark
Michael Hughes
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

Louise Peete


Orange County


The Freeway Killer - Randy Steven Kraft

Bedroom Basher - Gerald Parker

I-5 Killer or I-5 Bandit - Randall Woodfield


San Diego


The Clairemont Killer - Cleophus Prince, Jr.


Riverside

Riverside Killer - William Suff
Dana Sue Gray
Phillip Carl Jablonski (Riverside & SF Bay area)


Sources:

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.

1 comment:

  1. so glad you posted this!! :) I love it.

    <3 Seattle

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