Serial Killers By State 2019

A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people, usually doing so for abnormal psychological gratification, thrill-seeking, attention, or financial gain. The definition of a serial killer differs between authorities where the period of time is changed or the number of murders. The FBI defines a serial killer as someone committing two or more murders as separate events and usually done by one person acting alone.

Serial killings are often attempted in a similar fashion, and victims often have something in common, such as similar demographic profiles. Ted Bundy, for example, targeted attractive, college-aged females.

Serial killers have some common characteristics among them, such as varying degrees of psychopathy, a history of abuse by a family member, may have a fascination with setting fires, or are involved in sadistic activities such as torturing animals.

California has the highest number of serial killings with 1507 total, followed by Texas with a total of 793.

All 50 states have a notorious serial killer. Below is a table with each state’s infamous serial killers.

State Serial Killer Victims Serial Killer Victims per 100,000 People 2019 Pop.
South Dakota7892,631
Hawaii101,416,589
New Hampshire101,363,852
North Dakota11760,900
Vermont11627,180
Delaware14975,033
Rhode Island251,056,738
Wyoming27572,381
Maine301,342,097
Idaho371,790,182
West Virginia371,791,951
Montana411,074,532
Alaska51735,720
Iowa533,167,997
New Mexico642,096,034
Minnesota685,655,925
Mississippi752,987,895
Nebraska761,940,919
Utah773,221,610
Arkansas1033,026,412
Nevada1053,087,025
Wisconsin1185,832,661
Connecticut1223,567,871
Kentucky1344,484,047
Kansas1532,910,931
Colorado1555,770,545
Arizona1567,275,070
South Carolina1625,147,111
Alabama1644,898,246
District of Columbia170711,571
Oregon1704,245,901
Tennessee1796,833,793
Maryland1856,062,917
Massachusetts1956,939,373
Oklahoma1953,948,950
New Jersey2078,922,547
Virginia2388,571,946
North Carolina26610,497,741
Louisiana3004,652,581
Missouri3116,147,861
Indiana3416,718,616
Georgia36510,627,767
Michigan38110,020,472
Washington3907,666,343
Pennsylvania42012,813,969
Ohio43311,718,568
New York62819,491,339
Illinois62912,700,381
Florida84521,646,155
Texas89329,087,070
California1,62839,747,267