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Serial Killers by State 2022

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 is changed or the number of murders. The FBI defines a serial killer as committing two or more murders as separate events and usually done by one person acting alone.

Serial killings are often attempted similarly, 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.

The United States had more serial killers than any other country. California has the highest number of serial killings with 1,628 total, followed by Texas with a total of 893. Alaska has the highest rate of serial killings at 7.01 per 100,000. All 50 states have had a notorious serial killer, such as Florida's Ted Bundy, Illinois's John Wayne Gacy, and New Jersey's Charles Edmund Cullen. Below is a table of each state's serial killings and the rate of serial killings.

Here are the 10 states with the most total serial killer victims:

  1. California (1,628)
  2. Texas (893)
  3. Florida (845)
  4. Illinois (629)
  5. New York (628)
  6. Ohio (433)
  7. Pennsylvania (420)
  8. Washington (390)
  9. Michigan (381)
  10. Georgia (365)

Serial Killers by State 2022

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Serial Killers by State 2022

State Serial Killer Victims Serial Killer Victims per 100,000 People 2022 Pop.
Alaska517.08720,763
Louisiana3006.504,616,106
Kansas1535.242,919,179
Missouri3115.036,184,843
Illinois6295.0212,518,071
Indiana3414.986,842,385
Washington3904.947,887,965
Oklahoma1954.874,007,179
Wyoming274.64582,233
California1,6284.1039,664,128
Oregon1703.934,325,290
Nebraska763.881,960,790
Michigan3813.819,995,212
Florida8453.8122,177,997
Montana413.751,093,117
Ohio4333.6911,727,377
Connecticut1223.443,546,588
Arkansas1033.393,042,017
Georgia3653.3410,936,299
Alabama1643.314,949,697
Pennsylvania4203.2812,805,190
New York6283.2719,223,191
Nevada1053.243,238,601
Maryland1853.056,075,314
New Mexico643.032,109,093
South Carolina1623.035,342,388
Kentucky1342.994,487,233
Texas8932.9730,097,526
Massachusetts1952.826,922,107
Virginia2382.768,638,218
Colorado1552.605,961,083
Tennessee1792.567,001,803
Mississippi752.532,961,536
North Carolina2662.4610,807,491
Rhode Island252.351,062,583
New Jersey2072.338,870,685
Utah772.293,363,182
Maine302.211,359,677
West Virginia372.111,755,715
Arizona1562.047,640,796
Wisconsin1182.015,867,518
Idaho371.951,896,652
Vermont111.77622,882
Iowa531.673,174,426
North Dakota111.42774,008
Delaware141.40998,619
Minnesota681.185,739,781
South Dakota70.78902,542
New Hampshire100.731,378,449
Hawaii100.711,401,709

Serial Killers by State 2022

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