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
Hawaii101,412,687
New Hampshire101,371,246
North Dakota11761,723
Vermont11628,061
Delaware14982,895
Rhode Island251,056,161
Wyoming27567,025
Maine301,345,790
Idaho371,826,156
West Virginia371,778,070
Montana411,086,759
Alaska51734,002
Iowa533,179,849
New Mexico642,096,640
Minnesota685,700,671
Mississippi752,989,260
Nebraska761,952,570
Utah773,282,115
Arkansas1033,038,999
Nevada1053,139,658
Wisconsin1185,851,754
Connecticut1223,563,077
Kentucky1344,499,692
Kansas1532,910,357
Colorado1555,845,526
Arizona1567,378,494
South Carolina1625,210,095
Alabama1644,908,621
District of Columbia170720,687
Oregon1704,301,089
Tennessee1796,897,576
Maryland1856,083,116
Massachusetts1956,976,597
Oklahoma1953,954,821
New Jersey2078,936,574
Virginia2388,626,207
North Carolina26610,611,862
Louisiana3004,645,184
Missouri3116,169,270
Indiana3416,745,354
Georgia36510,736,059
Michigan38110,045,029
Washington3907,797,095
Pennsylvania42012,820,878
Ohio43311,747,694
New York62819,440,469
Illinois62912,659,682
Florida84521,992,985
Texas89329,472,295
California1,62839,937,489