Serial Killers by State

Every state in the U.S. has produced at least one serial killer. According to the FBI, a serial killer is a person who has murdered three or more people, in separate events. The span of time within which the murders occur is important because it helps to distinguish serial murder from mass murder. 

More serial killers have originated in the United States than in any other country. Although the United States only contains 4.25% of the world’s total population, it has contained 67.58% of all known serial killers, with 3,204 documented serial murderers. In Alaska for instance, despite the relatively small population, it has had the highest density of serial killings occurring within its borders since 1900.

According to the FBI, serial killers act for a number of reasons, although their motives are usually limited to a handful of causes: anger, thrill, attention-seeking, financial gain, and sex. 

You can learn more about serial killers by state by scrolling the data in the charts.

Serial Killer Victims by State

Alabama

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199

#22 in the US

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325

#28 in the US

Alaska

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64

#38 in the US

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90

#42 in the US

Arizona

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188

#24 in the US

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805

#15 in the US

Arkansas

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143

#29 in the US

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484

#21 in the US

California

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1,777

#1 in the US

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3,498

#1 in the US

Colorado

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161

#28 in the US

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488

#20 in the US

Connecticut

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134

#30 in the US

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220

#32 in the US

Delaware

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16

#46 in the US

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98

#40 in the US

District of Columbia

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169

#27 in the US

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339

#27 in the US

Florida

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933

#3 in the US

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2,087

#3 in the US

Georgia

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409

#9 in the US

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834

#14 in the US

Hawaii

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13

#48 in the US

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65

#44 in the US

Idaho

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45

#41 in the US

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68

#43 in the US

Illinois

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680

#4 in the US

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1,137

#5 in the US

Indiana

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349

#12 in the US

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656

#17 in the US

Iowa

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53

#39 in the US

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172

#35 in the US

Kansas

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181

#25 in the US

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143

#38 in the US

Kentucky

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212

#18 in the US

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464

#24 in the US

Louisiana

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344

#13 in the US

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1,065

#10 in the US

Maine

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35

#43 in the US

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39

#48 in the US

Maryland

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213

#17 in the US

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738

#16 in the US

Massachusetts

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200

#20 in the US

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230

#31 in the US

Michigan

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425

#8 in the US

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1,067

#9 in the US

Minnesota

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81

#36 in the US

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323

#29 in the US

Mississippi

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98

#33 in the US

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350

#26 in the US

Missouri

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350

#11 in the US

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1,108

#6 in the US

Montana

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47

#40 in the US

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96

#41 in the US

Nebraska

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82

#35 in the US

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127

#39 in the US

Nevada

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117

#32 in the US

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308

#30 in the US

New Hampshire

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14

#47 in the US

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20

#51 in the US

New Jersey

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232

#16 in the US

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497

#19 in the US

New Mexico

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72

#37 in the US

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193

#33 in the US

New York

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677

#5 in the US

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1,087

#8 in the US

North Carolina

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295

#14 in the US

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1,192

#4 in the US

North Dakota

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13

#49 in the US

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59

#46 in the US

Ohio

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505

#6 in the US

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1,089

#7 in the US

Oklahoma

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200

#21 in the US

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471

#23 in the US

Oregon

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175

#26 in the US

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188

#34 in the US

Pennsylvania

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462

#7 in the US

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433

#25 in the US

Rhode Island

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25

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46

#47 in the US

South Carolina

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198

#23 in the US

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891

#12 in the US

South Dakota

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10

#51 in the US

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62

#45 in the US

Tennessee

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208

#19 in the US

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970

#11 in the US

Texas

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984

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2,993

#2 in the US

Utah

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86

#34 in the US

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147

#37 in the US

Vermont

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11

#50 in the US

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24

#50 in the US

Virginia

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272

#15 in the US

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863

#13 in the US

Washington

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396

#10 in the US

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472

#22 in the US

West Virginia

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43

#42 in the US

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162

#36 in the US

Wisconsin

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118

#31 in the US

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499

#18 in the US

Wyoming

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32

#44 in the US

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27

#49 in the US

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0

#52 in the US