America’s Most Famous Serial Killers


The United States has been known for a lot of great things, sports, vacation spots, and unfortunately, serial killers. With so many serial killers in the United States, there are only a few which have become famously known. Below, we have 3 of America’s most famous serial killers to have walked the earth.


Gary Ridgway


Gary Ridgway made national headlines after being labeled the “Green River Killer” in Washington State. Ridgway’s murder spree spread all around the Green River area where he preferred to target area prostitutes. He was found to be responsible for 48 murders although he confessed to murdering 71. Ridgway was also the first serial killer to have DNA evidence used against him. He currently resides at the federal Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.


John Wayne Gacy


Nobody thought that John Wayne Gacy could have been capable of becoming let alone fit the profile of a serial killer, until they saw the murder pictures. That’s because he lived a role model life. Gacy was a member of his local Democratic Party as well as his Chamber of Commerce. You might recall seeing him dressed as a clown as the story broke. His clown suit was what he used to lure his victims to their demise. After confessing to 24 murders and being condemned to death, he was executed by lethal injection in 1994.


Charles Manson


Charles Manson is considered to be the “devil in the flesh.” Starting in the 1960s after Manson formed the “Manson Family” which was a cult following consisting of young, vulnerable women looking for a safe haven. He is most famously known for murdering actress Sharon Tate and three of her friends while at home. Manson then murdered Leno and Rosemary LaBainca for no apparent reason. Manson was originally sentenced to death but his sentence was converted to life in prison after the state Supreme Court in California abolished the death penalty.

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