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Serial Killer Statistics and Demographics

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Serial Killer Statistics Data
Number of classified Serial Killers worldwide since 1980 154
Number of classified Serial Killers in the U.S. since 1980 87
Number of active serial killers at any given time in the U.S. 35
Number of serial killer suspects currently on the FBI list 271
Percent of serial killers who experienced problems related to substance abuse 72.5 %
Percent of psychopath’s that show abnormal brainwave patterns, or EGGs 38 %
Percent of serial killers who received extensive head injuries as children 70 %
Percent of serial killers who will still wetting their beds as adolescents 60 %
Percent of serial killer victims that were chosen completely at random 15 %
Average IQ of serial killers 94.7
Average age of Victims 33.5
Demographics of Serial Killer Percent
By Race  
White 52.21 %
Black 40.3%
Hispanic 6.1%
Asian 0.7%
Native American 0.8%
By Sex  
Men 90.8%
Women 9.2%
Ex Military  
No Military 79.2%
Military 20.8%
Demographics of Serial Killers’ Victims Percent
By Race  
White 68.21%
Black 23.81%
Hispanic 6.53%
Asian 1.46%
By Sex  
Men 53.81%
Women 46.19%
Motives for killing Percent
Enjoyment (thrill, lust, power) 46.11 %
Financial Gain 31.68 %
Multiple Motives 8.12 %
Anger 7.84 %
Gang Activity/ Criminal Enterprise 3.28 %
Avoid Arrest 1.21 %
Attention 0.62 %
Convenience 0.73 %
Hallucination 0.41 %
Cult 0.21 %
Serial Killers With the Highest Known Victim Count Country Years Active Proven Victims
Dr. Harold Shipman England 1975-1998 250
Luis Garavito Colombia 1990s 138
Pedro Lopez Colombia, Ecuador, Peru 1969 – 1980 110
Daniel Camargo Colombia, Ecuador 1974 0 1986 72
Pedro Rodrigues Filho Brazil 1967 – 2003 71
Kampatimar Shankariya India 1977 – 1978 70
Yang Xinhai China 2000 – 2003 67
Abul Djabar Afghanistan 1970s 65
Andrei Chikatilo Russia 1978 – 1990 53
Anatoly Onoprienko Ukraine 1989 – 1996 52
Gary Ridgway United States 1982 – 2000 49
Alexander Pichushkin Russia 1992 – 2006 48
Notable U.S. Serial Killers Country Years Active Proven Victims
Ted Bundy United States 1974 – 1978 33
John Wayne Gacy United States 1972 – 1978 33
Dean Corll United States 1970 – 1973 28
Juan Vallejo Corona United States 1971 25
Wayne Williams United States 1979 – 1981 24
Ronald Dominique United States 1997 – 2006 23
Earle Nelson United States 1926 – 1927 22
Top Serial Killers Before 1900 Country Years Active Claimed Victims
*Note, this list is for highest "claimed victims"
Catherine Monvoisin France 1660-1679 2500
Hyeronima Spara and Giulia Tofana Spain 1650-1719 1000
Peter Niers Roman Empire 1566-1581 544
Gilles de Rais France 1432-1440 140
Thug Behram Mughal Empire 1790-1840 125
Liu Pengli Eastern Han 144-116 BC 100
Elizabeth Bathory Royal Hungary 1585-1610 650
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigations, Radford University, Schechter, Harold and David Everitt. 2006. The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
Research by Aaron Guo
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: February 1, 2016

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