How about some serial killer facts and trivia? In my latest book I did some digging, to find some really interesting serial killer trivia and fun facts. Here is a teaser of what I found, I hope there are something new that you didn’t know before. Also, you can get my book with 150 facts about serial killers for FREE, just sign up to my VIP newsletter and you will get a copy of the e-book in your mailbox!


Here are 20 things you probably didn’t know about serial killer

  1. The majority of the world’s serial killers – a whopping 76 percent – come from the United States.
  2. Serial killer Rodney Alcala represented himself at trial, and during questioning morphed into two people. He interrogated himself for five hours on the stand, using a deep voice and calling himself “Mr. Alcala,” then answering in his normal voice. After being sentenced to death in California, he received another 25-year sentence in New York for killing two women.
  3. Edmund Kemper had wanted to become a state trooper, but he was rejected due to his size. (He stood 6.8 feet tall and weighed 300 pounds.) He instead hung out at the popular police hangout The Jury Room, chatting about his own crimes.
  4. “Yosemite Killer” Cary Stayner was the brother of Steven Stayner, who was abducted on his way home from school and held for seven years. Steven escaped when his captor abducted another boy, and was the focus of the best-selling book “I Know My First Name Is Steven.”
  5. Robert Hanson, known as “the Butcher Baker,” would kidnap his victims, then release them in Alaska’s Knik River Valley. He would then hunt his victims, armed with a Ruger and a freshly-sharpened hunting knife.
  6. John Wayne Gacy’s wife Carol lived in the home where he buried most of his 33 victims in the crawlspace, but she only questioned her husband once about the smell. When he told her it was mice, she believed him, and never asked again.
  7. William Heirens confessed to killing three victims after allegedly being interrogated for six days straight without being given food or water. He later recanted his confession, but died while incarcerated after spending 65 years behind bars.
  8. Pakistani serial killer Javed Iqbal was convicted of killing 100 children, disposing of their remains in vats of acid. His sentence? “You will be strangled to death in front of the parents whose children you killed. Your body will then be cut into 100 pieces and put in acid, the same way you killed the children,” the judge decreed. Iqbal killed himself in his cell before his punishment could be carried out.
  9. According to statistics, more serial killers are born in the month of November than any other month of the year.
  10. California, a place where many have been drawn looking for the ultimate American dream, holds the dubious honor of being the state where the most serial killer victims have been discovered.
  11. A month before he was arrested, Robert Berdella was offered a ride home by fellow patrons of a bar where he was drinking when they realized he was too drunk to drive. On the way home, he “confessed” to torturing and killing six men, but no one took him seriously, given his level of intoxication.
  12. Serial killer Richard Chase once attempted to enter the home of a woman but, finding that her doors were locked, walked away. Chase later told detectives that he took locked doors as a sign that he was not welcome, but that unlocked doors were an invitation to come inside.
  13. Pedro Lopez, one of the most prolific serial killers in South American history (who claimed to have killed more than 300 young girls) was released on a $50 bail in 1998.
  14. Donald Gaskins was called “The Meanest Man in America” for his final murder, a contract killing he committed from his prison cell. He killed death row inmate Rudolph Tyler with an explosive device he implanted in a two-way radio that he rigged to go off at an appointed time. “The last thing he heard was me laughing.” Gaskins said.
  15. The youngest known serial killer is an 8-year-old boy from India. Amardeep Sada was charged with three murders in 2007.
  16. “The Racist Killer,” Joseph Paul Franklin, left “Hustler” magazine publisher Larry Flynt permanently paralyzed after an attempted murder in 1978. Flynt made history by publishing photographs of his injuries.
  17. When the Briley brother were finally brought to trial for their crimes, the Richmond judge presiding at one of the trials concluded, “This was the vilest rampage of rape, murder and robbery that the court has seen in thirty years.”
  18. Soviet serial killer and schoolteacher Andrei Chikatilo murdered and mutilated at least 52 women and children over a 12-year period. Before he was executed by firing squad in 1994, he said, “When I used my knife, it brought psychological relief. I know I have to be destroyed. I was a mistake of nature.”
  19. Cannibalism was part of the thrill for Arthur Shawcross, a handsome, smart and well-educated killer who not only ate parts of his victims, sometimes cut small pieces off and forced them to eat a bit of themselves. “I took the right leg of that woman’s body, from the knee to the hip took the fat off and ate it while he stared at the other girl. When I bit into it she just urinated right there,” he said, recalling one diabolical escapade.
  20. There may be more serial killers at work than we know. According to Martha Stout, author of “The Sociopath Next Door,” 1 in 25 Americans is a sociopath who has no conscience. How many neighbors do you have?

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