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Serial Killers By State 2021

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 2021

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Serial Killers By State 2021

State Serial Killer Victims Serial Killer Victims per 100,000 People 2021 Pop.
Alaska517.04724,357
Louisiana3006.484,627,002
Kansas1535.242,917,224
Missouri3115.046,169,038
Indiana3415.016,805,663
Illinois6295.0012,569,321
Washington3905.007,796,941
Oklahoma1954.893,990,443
Wyoming274.65581,075
California1,6284.1139,613,493
Oregon1703.964,289,439
Nebraska763.891,951,996
Florida8453.8521,944,577
Michigan3813.819,992,427
Montana413.781,085,004
Ohio4333.7011,714,618
Connecticut1223.433,552,821
Arkansas1033.393,033,946
Georgia3653.3710,830,007
Alabama1643.324,934,193
Nevada1053.303,185,786
Pennsylvania4203.2812,804,123
New York6283.2519,299,981
South Carolina1623.075,277,830
Maryland1853.056,065,436
New Mexico643.042,105,005
Texas8933.0029,730,311
Kentucky1342.994,480,713
Massachusetts1952.826,912,239
Virginia2382.778,603,985
Colorado1552.635,893,634
Tennessee1792.586,944,260
Mississippi752.532,966,407
North Carolina2662.4910,701,022
Rhode Island252.361,061,509
New Jersey2072.338,874,520
Utah772.333,310,774
Maine302.211,354,522
West Virginia372.091,767,859
Arizona1562.077,520,103
Wisconsin1182.025,852,490
Idaho371.991,860,123
Vermont111.76623,251
Iowa531.673,167,974
North Dakota111.43770,026
Delaware141.41990,334
Minnesota681.195,706,398
South Dakota70.78896,581
New Hampshire100.731,372,203
Hawaii100.711,406,430

Serial Killers By State 2021