The hideous crimes of these following serial killers still haunt us even today. For the families and friends of loved ones who had their lives taken by the twisted serial killers on this list – they will likely never be at peace.
These are the following 10 most notorious serial killers who are still alive today…
10. Peter ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Sutcliffe (age 74 years)
Between 1975 and 1980, ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’ terrorized the north of England; he murdered 13 women and attempted to murder 7 others. Later identified as former truck driver Peter Sutcliffe, he confessed to creeping up behind his victims and beating them to death with a hammer.
Sutcliffe spent 32 years inside high-security institution Broadmoor until a highly controversial decision ruled he was “no longer mentally ill”. He was previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In 2016, Sutcliffe is reported to have been transferred from Broadmoor to Frankland Prison in northeast England.
9. Robert Pickton (age 70 years)
Canadian serial killer and pig farmer Robert Pickton is believed to have killed 49 women on his property. He lured his victims, mostly sex workers, from Vancouver’s red-light district to his farm with drugs and alcohol.
He confessed in his cell to an undercover police officer posing as his cellmate that he was aiming for a target of 50 victims.
Unaware he was being filmed, Pickton chillingly boasted:
“I filled the syringes up with antifreeze and you inject the stuff and you’re dead in about five to 10 minutes. Adding, “I made my own grave by being sloppy. Doesn’t that just kick you in the ass now. I was just gonna do one more, make it even.”
In 2018, he was transferred from Kent Institution in British Columbia to the Port-Cartier in Quebec where he will serve a life sentence.
8. Dennis ‘BTK’ Rader (age 75 years)
For more than 30 years, Dennis Rader haunted the community in Wichita, Kansas. He tortured and murdered 10 people, including two children. A former Boy Scout leader, Rader was leading a double life – his wife and children were unaware of his crimes.
During his horrific killing spree, he sent letters to the media with details of his sinister crimes. He even signed the letters ‘BTK’ which stands for his murderous method of “Bind, Torture, Kill.”
Finally, he was arrested in 2005 and has no chance of parole for 175 years. In his 80-square-foot cell, Rader will have no television and limited access to reading materials, except for legal documents. He is only permitted to leave his cell in El Dorado for five hours per week and for brief showers.
7. Rose West (age 66 years)
Serial killer couple Fred and Rose West murdered at least 12 girls and women – including their own daughter. In 1995, Fred took his own life but not before he fully confessed to every grisly detail of their crimes. Rose herself claimed she was innocent.
The couple’s home in Gloucester, west of England, where many of the bodies were buried, was later demolished.
In 2019, Rose was quietly transferred from HMP Low Newton when another serial killer, Joanna Dennehy, threatened to kill her.
A prison insider revealed, “Low Newton is the highest security prison for women in the country and they had to send Dennehy there. She’s one of the UK’s most dangerous inmates. She said, ‘Send me there and I’ll f***ing kill Rose West. Prison officials took the threat seriously. They moved West to another prison because they said it was a massive security threat.”
6. Luis Garavito (age 63 years)
One of the most prolific serial killers of all time, Luis Garavito murdered between 138 and 192 young boys. It is believed the real victim count is as many as 300-400. His name is even in the Guinness World Records and is referred to as ‘The Beast’.
Colombian-born Garavito claimed he had himself suffered physical abuse throughout his childhood at the hands of his alcoholic father. His murder spree had begun sometime in 1992; practically all of his victims were boys aged between 6-16 who were orphaned, penniless or homeless.
He was sentenced to 1,853 years in prison. However as Garavito helped police find the victims’ bodies, his sentence was further reduced to just 22 years. This means that he is scheduled for release in 2021.
5. David ‘Son of Sam’ Berkowitz (age 67 years)
David Berkowitz went on a killing spree in New York City that left six people dead and seven wounded. Following his capture, he claimed to be obeying orders of a demon manifested in his neighbor’s dog named Sam. He was dubbed ‘Son of Sam’ by the media.
When it was reported that Berkowitz was offered a substantial amount of money for the rights to his story, the New York Assembly in 1977 passed a law requiring that an accused or convicted criminal can not earn an income from works describing his crime. Now known as ‘Son of Sam’ law.
At Shawangunk Correctional Facility, Berkowitz turned to Christianity and wrote the book, ‘Son of Hope: The Prison Journals of David Berkowitz’. He has since asked to be referred to as ‘Son of Hope.’
4. Rodney ‘The Dating Game Killer’ Alcala (age 76 years)
Rodney Alcala murdered four young women and one girl aged just 12 years old between 1977 and 1979. Although the real victim count is believed to be as many as 130. His murder spree covered stretched across many states including California, New York, Wyoming, and possibly Washington.
Alcala almost got away with the murders until new DNA testing in the early 2000s tied him to four murders. He became known as ‘The Dating Game Killer’ because he had appeared on the TV show during his killing spree.
In 1979, homicide detectives in California found hundreds of photographs of women in a storage locker taken by the murderer. They publicly released Alcala’s photos hoping some of the hundreds of women could be identified or confirmed missing.
Many of these women in the photos still have not been identified. Alcala is currently at California State Prison.
3. Randy ‘Scorecard Killer’ Kraft (age 75 years)
Randy ‘Scorecard Killer’ Kraft tortured and murdered at least 16 young men between 1972 and 1983.
Most of these sinister crimes were committed in California. He often picked up his victims while they were hitchhiking near military bases. Kraft was caught in a car with the corpse of a 25-year-old Marine in the passenger seat next to him.
Kraft gained his nickname from a cryptic list of his victims. Investigators believed, based on the list, that Kraft had killed more than 50 men. Despite the staggering evidence against him, it still took more than 5 years to convict the serial killer; California has footed the bill for his court cases and incarceration which stands at about $15 million.
He has been sitting on death row at San Quentin State Prison for more than 25 years.
2. Edmund Kemper (age 71 years)
Edmund Kemper is a frightening serial killer who murdered 10 people between 1964 and 1973. Known as the ‘co-ed killer’, he targeted mainly female hitchhikers; he also killed his paternal grandparents and his own mother.
Kemper received two large trophies for his dedication to recording books at California Medical Facility. The tapes have gone on to assist blind men, women, and children all over America.
He has spent more than 5,000 hours in a booth before a microphone in the last 10 years and has more than four million feet of tape and several hundred books to his credit.
Kemper said, “I can’t begin to tell you what this has meant to me, to be able to do something constructive for someone else, to be appreciated by so many people, the good feeling it gives me after what I have done.”
1. Gary ‘Green River Killer’ Ridgway (age 71 years)
Gary ‘Green River Killer’ Ridgway murdered many women in the Seattle area between 1982 to 1998. He eventually confessed to more murders than any other serial killer in U.S. history.
In court, he testified, “I killed the 48 women. In most cases, when I murdered these women I did not know their names. I killed so many women, I have a hard time keeping them straight.”
Ridgway knew where he hid the bodies and negotiated a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. He even requested fresh salmon and specific books on serial killers in exchange for more information. Now currently imprisoned at Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla, Washington.
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