Serial Killers Fast FactsBy CNN LibraryUpdated 1:55 PM ET, Sat May 17, 2014Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Law enforcement officers meet in San Francisco in 1969 to compare notes on the Zodiac Killer, who is believed to have killed five people in 1968 and 1969. The killer gained notoriety by writing several letters to police boasting of the slayings. He claimed to have killed as many as 37 people and has never been caught.Hide Caption 1 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Authorities said DNA recovered from the body of Mary Sullivan matches that of her suspected killer -- the confessed Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo. After a sample was secretly collected from a relative, DeSalvo's body was exhumed in July 2013 for more DNA testing. From mid-1962 to early 1964, the Boston Strangler killed at least 13 women. DeSalvo was stabbed to death in 1973 while serving a prison sentence for rape.Hide Caption 2 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Ed Gein killed at least two women and dug up the corpses of several others from a cemetery in Wisconsin, using their skin and body parts to make clothing and household objects in the 1950s.Hide Caption 3 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – In 1973, Juan Corona, a California farm laborer, was sentenced to 25 consecutive life sentences for the murder of 25 people found hacked to death in shallow graves.Hide Caption 4 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Joseph Paul Franklin was convicted in 1997 of murdering Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin was also convicted of at least five other murders, receiving a string of life sentences, but he suggested that he was responsible for 22 murders. He was best known for shooting Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed from the attack. Franklin was executed in November.Hide Caption 5 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – In 1977, David Berkowitz, also known as Son of Sam, confessed to the murders of six people in New York City. Berkowitz, now serving six consecutive 25-to-life sentences, claimed a demon spoke to him through a neighbor's dog.Hide Caption 6 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Cousins Kenneth Bianchi, seen here, and Angelo Buono were charged with the murders of nine women between 1977 and 1978. Also known as the Hillside Stranglers, the cousins sexually assaulted and sometimes tortured their victims, leaving their bodies on roadsides in the hills of southern California.Hide Caption 7 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Wayne Williams killed at least two men between 1979 and 1981, and police believed he might have been responsible for more than 20 other deaths in the Atlanta area. Williams was convicted and sentenced to two life terms in 1982.Hide Caption 8 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – After serving 15 years for murdering his mother, Henry Lee Lucas was convicted in 1985 for nine more murders. Lucas was the only inmate ever spared from execution by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.Hide Caption 9 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker, was convicted of 13 murders and sentenced to death in California in 1989. The self-proclaimed devil worshipper found his victims in quiet neighborhoods and entered their homes through unlocked windows and doors.Hide Caption 10 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – During a routine traffic stop, a policeman found a dead U.S. Marine in the front seat of a car driven by Randy Steven Kraft. Kraft was linked to 45 murders and sentenced to death in 1989. He would pick up hitchhikers, give them drugs and alcohol, sexually assault them and then mutilate and strangle them. Hide Caption 11 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Ted Bundy raped and killed at least 16 young women in the early to mid-1970s before he was executed in 1989. A crowd of several hundred gathered outside the prison where he was executed, and they cheered at the news of his death.Hide Caption 12 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Jeffery Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms for the murders of 17 men and boys in the Milwaukee area between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer had sex with the corpses of his victims and kept the body parts of others, some of which he ate. Dahmer and another prison inmate were beaten to death during a work detail in November 1994.Hide Caption 13 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – John Wayne Gacy killed 33 men and boys between 1972 and 1978. Many of his victims, mostly drifters or runaways, were buried in a crawl space beneath his suburban Chicago home.Hide Caption 14 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Joel David Rifkin was stopped by police for driving without a license plate when a body was found in his pickup truck. Rifkin killed 17 women in New York City between 1991 and 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison.Hide Caption 15 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Charles Ng, seen here, and accomplice Leonard Lake tortured, killed and buried 11 people in northern California between 1984 and 1985. After the men were arrested for shoplifting, police found bullets and a silencer in their car and took them into the police station for questioning. Lake killed himself there with a cyanide pill. Ng was later sentenced to death.Hide Caption 16 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Robert Lee Yates Jr. killed 15 people, most of them between 1996 and 1998. He buried one of them in a flower bed by his house in the Spokane, Washington, area. Most of his victims were prostitutes or drug addicts he killed in his van. He is on Washington's death row.Hide Caption 17 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Gary Leon Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, confessed to 48 killings after his DNA was linked to a few of his victims. Remains of his victims, mostly runaways and prostitutes, turned up in ravines, rivers, airports and freeways in the Pacific Northwest.Hide Caption 18 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Aileen Wuornos was executed in Florida in 2002 for the murders of seven men whom she had lured by posing as a prostitute or a distressed traveler.Hide Caption 19 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Derrick Todd Lee was accused of raping and killing six women in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between 2001 and 2003. He was arrested in Atlanta for the murder of Charlotte Murray Pace, convicted in 2004 and sentenced to death.Hide Caption 20 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Danny Rolling pleaded guilty to the 1990 murders of five students he raped, tortured and mutilated in Gainesville, Florida. Rolling was also responsible for a separate 1991 triple homicide in Shreveport, Louisiana, and he was executed in 2006.Hide Caption 21 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Angel Maturino Resendez, also known as the Railway Killer, was a drifter from Mexico. During the 1990s, he would rob and kill his victims near railroad tracks on both sides of the border, then hop rail cars to escape. Resendez was executed in 2006.Hide Caption 22 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Pig farmer Robert Pickton was charged with 26 counts of murder after police found the bodies of young women on his farm in Port Coquitman, British Columbia, Canada. He was convicted of six murders in 2007, and he is serving a life sentence.Hide Caption 23 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – The BTK Strangler, Dennis Rader, killed 10 people between 1977 and 1991 in the Wichita, Kansas, area. He was convicted to 10 consecutive life terms in 2005. Rader named himself BTK, short for "bind, torture, kill."Hide Caption 24 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Police found the decomposing and buried bodies of 10 women, and the skull of another woman, at the Cleveland home of ex-Marine Anthony Sowell. Sowell was convicted and given the death penalty in 2011.Hide Caption 25 of 26Photos: Infamous serial killers 26 photosInfamous serial killers – Chester Dewayne Turner was charged with murdering 10 women and one unborn fetus in the Los Angeles area between 1987 and 1998. In 2007, Turner was sentenced to death for the murders and charged with four more murders in 2011.Hide Caption 26 of 26Here's a selected list of people convicted of being serial killers and a short list of famous, unsolved serial killings.David Berkowitz, aka Son of SamKilled six people and wounded seven others in New York City between 1976 and 1977. Most of the victims were young women or couples in cars on secluded streets.Claimed a demon spoke to him through a neighbor's dog.Called himself the "Son of Sam" in letters he wrote to newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin.He once worked as an auxiliary policeman in the Bronx.He confessed to the murders in 1977 and is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.Ted BundyRaped and killed at least 16 young women in the early to mid-1970s.Convicted of three Florida slayings, including that of a 12-year-old girl.Later confessed to killing more than 30 women and girls.Was a Boy Scout and then a law student.He escaped from jail in Colorado twice while on trial for murder. He headed to Florida, where he was eventually caught and tried for three other murders.Would lure young women to his car, and then beat them to death.During his nationally televised trial in Florida, he represented himself. He was executed January 24, 1989 after a long legal battle to keep him alive. A crowd of several hundred gathered outside the prison where he was executed, and they cheered at the news of his death.Blood stored as part of his case file was entered into the FBI's DNA database with hopes of linking Bundy to cold cases from as early as 1961.Angelo Buono Jr. and Kenneth A. Bianchi, aka the Hillside StranglersMurdered nine women in California between 1977 and 1978.Buono and Bianchi were cousins.The victims were sexually assaulted and sometimes tortured. Their naked bodies were left by the side of various roads in the hills of southern California.A suspect in a rape and strangulation case in Washington state, Bianchi implicated his cousin in the California cases. Bianchi pled guilty to five murders. Buono was convicted of killing all nine victims. He died in September 21, 2002, at Calipatria State Prison in California.Bianchi is serving five life terms in prison.Juan CoronaMurdered 25 farm laborers in California in 1971. Most of the victims had been stabbed to death and then buried in orchards. Some were never identified.Corona had worked as a labor contractor, providing farm laborers to orchards and farms.In 1973, Corona was convicted and was sentenced to serve 25 consecutive life sentences.Jeffrey DahmerKilled 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 in the Milwaukee area.Dahmer had sex with the corpses of his victims, kept body parts of others, and ate the body parts of some.Sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms. He was killed in prison November 28, 1994.John Wayne GacyKilled 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978.Many of his victims were drifters or runaways. Police suspected Gacy might have killed more than were discovered.Most of the victims were buried in a crawl space beneath Gacy's house in suburban Chicago.Before he was arrested, he had been active in the Democratic Party and had dressed as a clown to entertain children at parties.While on death row, he took up painting. His paintings of clowns sold for between $200 and $20,000 dollars.He was executed May 10, 1994.Ed GeinKilled at least two women in the 1950s in a small town in Wisconsin.Dug up the corpses of several other women in the local cemetery to use their skin and body parts to make clothing and household objects.Inspired multiple movies, including "Psycho," "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and "The Silence of the Lambs."Died July 26, 1984, at the age of 77, in Central State Hospital in Wautoma, Wisconsin.Randy Steven KraftMurdered dozens of young men between 1972 and 1983.Prosecutors linked him to 45 murders, but a "death list" created by Kraft claimed 61 killings. It is believed he killed up to 65 though.Kraft picked up hitchhikers, gave them drugs and alcohol, sexually assaulted them, then mutilated and strangled them.On May 14, 1983, Kraft was arrested by California Highway Patrol, who stopped him for weaving across a lane on the interstate. The CHP found a dead Marine in the front seat of Kraft's car.Convicted in 1989 and sentenced to death.Derrick Todd LeeAccused of raping and killing six women in or around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between September 2001 and March 2003.Police say all six murders are linked by DNA evidence. Arrested in Atlanta on May 27, 2003.He was indicted on June 25, 2003, for the May 2002 murder of Charlotte Murray Pace. He had a record for being a stalker and a peeping tom.His victims are believed to include Gina Wilson Green, Charlotte Murray Pace, Pam Kinamore, Trineisha Dene Colomb, Geralyn DeSoto, and Carrie Lynn Yoder.2004 - Convicted and sentenced to death.Henry Lee LucasKilled several people between 1975 and 1983.Confessed to 600 murders but later recanted and claimed he had killed only three people.The exact number of murders he committed may never be known.Convicted of murdering his mother in 1960 and served 15 years.Convicted of nine murders in 1985.Lost an eye in childhood in a fight.He was the only inmate ever spared from execution by then Texas Governor George W. Bush. Bush claimed doubts about Lucas's guilt in the case for which he was to be executed.Died in prison on March 11, 2001.Charles Ng and Leonard LakeKilled 11 people in northern California between 1984 and 1985.Tortured, killed, and buried the victims in their hideaway in Wilseyville, California.Arrested for shoplifting in San Francisco. Police found bullets and a silencer in their car.Lake killed himself with a cyanide pill at a police station.Ng fled to Canada but was captured and extradited to the U.S. He was later found guilty of 11 murders in 1999 and sentenced to death.Robert Pickton2002 - Pickton is charged with 26 counts of murder after police found the bodies of young women on his Port Coquitman, British Columbia, pig farm.His trial centered on six victims.December 2007 - Is sentenced to six concurrent life sentences with no possibility of parole for 25 years.Richard Ramirez, aka the Night StalkerKilled 13 people in southern California in 1984 and 1985.A self-proclaimed devil worshipper, from El Paso, Texas.Found his victims in quiet neighborhoods near freeways, and entered victims' houses through unlocked windows and doors.After he was tied to the case through fingerprints, his photo was released. Citizens in East Los Angeles captured him.Convicted of 13 murders and sentenced to death in 1989.June 7, 2013 - Dies at age 53 of natural causes. Dennis Rader, aka the BTK StranglerWichita, Kansas serial killer active from 1977 through 1991, killing 10 people.Named himself BTK - "bind, torture, kill"Contacted the media taking responsibility for several murders and sent a poem about woman he waited to kill, but she didn't come home.February 2005 - Is arrested on eight counts of first degree-murder and two other homicide charges.July 2005 - Changes his plea from not guilty and waives his right to a jury trial and pleads guilty to all 10 counts of murder.August 2005 - Sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms with the possibility of parole after at least 40 years.Angel Maturino Resendez, aka Rafael Resendez Ramirez, aka the Railway Killer or Boxcar KillerCommitted at least nine murders in Texas, Illinois, and Kentucky between 1997 and 1999. Some reports indicate he confessed to 11 murders.Robbed and killed his victims by railroad tracks, then would hop rail cars to escape.Resendez, a drifter from Mexico, was in the custody of the border patrol but was let go. He killed four more people after being let go.Convicted in the assault and murder of a female victim in Texas. Sentenced to death in 1999.June 27, 2006 - Resendez is executed.Gary Leon Ridgway, aka the Green River KillerKilled at least 48 women in the Seattle-Tacoma area, between 1982 and 1998. Ridgway targeted runaways and prostitutes. The first victims turned up near the banks of the Green River south of Seattle. The remains of dozens of women turned up near Pacific Northwest ravines, rivers, airports and freeways in the 1980s. Investigators officially listed 49 women as probable victims of the Green River Killer. He was arrested in 2001, after DNA linked him to three victims.Confessed to 42 of the 49 listed killings, plus six not on the list.Ridgway's pleas to 48 counts give him more convictions -- though not necessarily more slayings -- than any other serial killer in U.S. history. Sentenced to 48 life sentences and fined $10,000 for each victim in 2004. February 18, 2011 - Ridgway pleads guilty to a 49th murder as part of his plea deal to avoid receiving the death penalty.Joel David RifkinKilled 17 women in New York City between 1991 and 1993.All of the victims were prostitutes.Was stopped by police for driving without a license plate. Police found a body in his pickup truck.Convicted in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison.Danny RollingKilled four women and one man in Gainesville, Florida, over four days in August 1990. Also is responsible for a 1991 triple homicide in Shreveport, Louisiana. In Gainesville, all five victims were students, and four were students at the University of Florida. Rolling raped, tortured, and mutilated some of his victims, decapitating one.Rolling was arrested for armed robbery in Ocala, Florida and a triple-homicide in Shreveport. Evidence, including DNA, later linked Rolling to all murders.Pled guilty to the murders on the first day of his trial in 1991. October 25, 2006 - Rolling is executed.Anthony SowellPolice find the decomposing and buried bodies of 10 women and the skull of one, at 12205 Imperial Ave., the Cleveland, Ohio, home of ex-Marine, Anthony Sowell, between October 27 - November 3, 2009. The women were strangled to death from 2007 through 2009.July 22, 2011 - Sowell is found guilty on 82 of the 83 counts against him and acquitted of one - aggravated robbery of the surviving victim Gladys Wade.August 12, 2011 - A judge upholds the jury's recommendation for the death penalty.Chester Dewayne TurnerCharged with murdering 10 women and one unborn fetus in south and downtown Los Angeles over an 11-year period between 1987 and 1998.Was identified as a suspect in 2002 after a DNA test was taken upon his rape conviction. The DNA test also led to the release of a man who had been convicted of three of the murders.July 2, 2007 - Turner is sentenced to death for the murders.February 1, 2011 - Turner is charged with four more murders, linked to him by DNA.Wayne WilliamsKilled at least two men in the Atlanta area between 1979 and 1981.Police believed he might have been responsible for more than 20 other deaths in the Atlanta area.Was a music promoter and freelance TV cameraman at the time.Several of the bodies were found in the Chattahoochee River.Williams became a suspect after police saw him on a bridge they had been staking out. Williams was linked to several victims by fibers and hairs found in house. He was linked to other victims by witnesses.Some of the victims' parents did not believe Williams was guilty. Others thought the Ku Klux Klan might have been behind the killings.Was convicted and sentenced to two life terms in 1982.Williams maintains his innocence, and his appeals for a re-trial have been rejected.Aileen WuornosKilled seven men in 1989 and 1990 in Florida. The body of the seventh was never found.Lured her male victims by posing as a prostitute or a traveler in distress. Claimed to be a prostitute working freeway exits and back roads of Florida.A drug addict and alcoholic, she stole to support herself.Has been the subject of three movies, an opera, and several books.Voluntarily ended her appeals, saying she wanted to end a life of violence.Executed on October 9, 2002.Robert Lee Yates, Jr.Killed 15 people between 1975 and 1998 in the Spokane, Washington, area.Most of his victims were prostitutes or drug addicts. Killed most of the victims in his van.Buried one victim in the flowerbed by his house. 2000 - Confessed in a plea agreement to 13 of the killings and was sentenced to life in prison.Was tried and convicted for the other two killings, and was sentenced to death.Unsolved Cases:Boston Strangler11 women were raped and strangled in Boston between 1962 and 1964.Alberto DeSalvo confessed to the 11 Boston Strangler killings, plus two additional murders but was never convicted of them. He later died in prison.F. Lee Bailey was DeSalvo's lawyer.Some critics charge DeSalvo got some of the details he confessed from news reports or police.One book argues that the Boston Strangler was actually six different killers.Jack the RipperFrom August to November 1888, five prostitutes were killed in London.A knife had been used to slash their throats and cut their bodies.A letter sent to the police was signed "From Hell." The case continues to inspire movies and books.The Zodiac KillerThe Zodiac Killer is believed to have killed 5 people in northern California in 1968 and 1969.Has never been caught.The killer wrote several letters to the police, boasting of the murders. Some of the letters contained swatches of bloody clothing to verify the killer's claims. He/she claimed to have killed as many as 37 people.More from usSkydiver 'shocked' by footage of his midair seizureReport: Hillary Clinton used personal email for work Homeless man shot by LAPD: Who was 'Africa'?