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Serial Killer Statistics and Demographics

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Serial Killer StatisticsData
Number of classified Serial Killers worldwide since 1980154
Number of classified Serial Killers in the U.S. since 198087
Number of active serial killers at any given time in the U.S.35
Number of serial killer suspects currently on the FBI list271
Percent of serial killers who experienced problems related to substance abuse72.5 %
Percent of psychopath’s that show abnormal brainwave patterns, or EGGs38 %
Percent of serial killers who received extensive head injuries as children70 %
Percent of serial killers who will still wetting their beds as adolescents60 %
Percent of serial killer victims that were chosen completely at random15 %
Average IQ of serial killers94.7
Average age of Victims33.5
Demographics of Serial KillerPercent
By Race 
White52.21 %
Black40.3%
Hispanic6.1%
Asian0.7%
Native American0.8%
By Sex 
Men90.8%
Women9.2%
Ex Military 
No Military79.2%
Military20.8%
Demographics of Serial Killers’ VictimsPercent
By Race 
White68.21%
Black23.81%
Hispanic6.53%
Asian1.46%
By Sex 
Men53.81%
Women46.19%
Motives for killingPercent
Enjoyment (thrill, lust, power)46.11 %
Financial Gain31.68 %
Multiple Motives8.12 %
Anger7.84 %
Gang Activity/ Criminal Enterprise3.28 %
Avoid Arrest1.21 %
Attention0.62 %
Convenience0.73 %
Hallucination0.41 %
Cult0.21 %
Serial Killers With the Highest Known Victim CountCountryYears ActiveProven Victims
Dr. Harold ShipmanEngland1975-1998250
Luis GaravitoColombia1990s138
Pedro LopezColombia, Ecuador, Peru1969 – 1980110
Daniel CamargoColombia, Ecuador1974 0 198672
Pedro Rodrigues FilhoBrazil1967 – 200371
Kampatimar ShankariyaIndia1977 – 197870
Yang XinhaiChina2000 – 200367
Abul DjabarAfghanistan1970s65
Andrei ChikatiloRussia1978 – 199053
Anatoly OnoprienkoUkraine1989 – 199652
Gary RidgwayUnited States1982 – 200049
Alexander PichushkinRussia1992 – 200648
Notable U.S. Serial KillersCountryYears ActiveProven Victims
Ted BundyUnited States1974 – 197833
John Wayne GacyUnited States1972 – 197833
Dean CorllUnited States1970 – 197328
Juan Vallejo CoronaUnited States197125
Wayne WilliamsUnited States1979 – 198124
Ronald DominiqueUnited States1997 – 200623
Earle NelsonUnited States1926 – 192722
Top Serial Killers Before 1900CountryYears ActiveClaimed Victims
*Note, this list is for highest "claimed victims"
Catherine MonvoisinFrance1660-16792500
Hyeronima Spara and Giulia TofanaSpain1650-17191000
Peter NiersRoman Empire1566-1581544
Gilles de RaisFrance1432-1440140
Thug BehramMughal Empire1790-1840125
Liu PengliEastern Han144-116 BC100
Elizabeth BathoryRoyal Hungary1585-1610650
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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: September 23, 2017

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