Serial Killers By State 2020

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 2020 Pop.
South Dakota7903,027
Hawaii101,412,690
New Hampshire101,371,250
North Dakota11761,723
Vermont11628,061
Delaware14982,895
Rhode Island251,056,160
Wyoming27567,025
Maine301,345,790
Idaho371,826,160
West Virginia371,778,070
Montana411,086,760
Alaska51734,002
Iowa533,179,850
New Mexico642,096,640
Minnesota685,700,670
Mississippi752,989,260
Nebraska761,952,570
Utah773,282,120
Arkansas1033,039,000
Nevada1053,139,660
Wisconsin1185,851,750
Connecticut1223,563,080
Kentucky1344,499,690
Kansas1532,910,360
Colorado1555,845,530
Arizona1567,378,490
South Carolina1625,210,100
Alabama1644,908,620
Oregon1704,301,090
Tennessee1796,897,580
Maryland1856,083,120
Massachusetts1956,976,600
Oklahoma1953,954,820
New Jersey2078,936,570
Virginia2388,626,210
North Carolina26610,611,900
Louisiana3004,645,180
Missouri3116,169,270
Indiana3416,745,350
Georgia36510,736,100
Michigan38110,045,000
Washington3907,797,100
Pennsylvania42012,820,900
Ohio43311,747,700
New York62819,440,500
Illinois62912,659,700
Florida84521,993,000
Texas89329,472,300
California1,62839,937,500