Discover the top 10 most notorious serial killers that never got caught !.
The Zodiac Killer
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Number of victims: 5 confirmed dead, 20-28 presumed, 2 survived
Beginning the late 1960s, a serial killer was on the loose the San Francisco Bay area, claiming the lives of two men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29. On August 7, 1969, he dubbed himself “Zodiac” in a letter sent to various newspapers. A series of mysterious letters followed, containing four different cryptograms, only one of which was solved. It read:
I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN IT IS MORE FUN THAN KILLING WILD GAME IN THE FORREST BECAUSE MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUE ANAMAL OF ALL TO KILL SOMETHING GIVES ME THE MOST THRILLING EXPERENCE IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF WITH A GIRL THE BEST PART OF IT IS THAE WHEN I DIE I WILL BE REBORN IN PARADICE AND THEI HAVE KILLED WILL BECOME MY SLAVES I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY NAME BECAUSE YOU WILL TRY TO SLOI DOWN OR ATOP MY COLLECTIOG OF SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI
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The Freeway Phantom
Location: Washington D.C.
Number of victims: 6 confirmed dead
Between April 1971 and September 1972 six African American girls between the age of 10 and 18 were found raped and murdered in Washington D.C. Most of the victims had been sent to run errands and never returned. The press quickly dubbed the killer the “Freeway Phantom.” His fifth victim, Brenda Woodward, was found dead in a patch of grass with the following note stuffed in her pocket:
This is tantamount to my insensititivity [sic] to people especially women, I will admit the others when you catch me if you can!
Police believe that the note, which was written on paper ripped from the victim’s notebook, was dictated to and handwritten by her.
The Highway of Tears Killer
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Number of victims: 18 confirmed dead, over 40 presumed
Along a desolate stretch of British Columbia’s Highway 16, multiple young women have disappeared or turned up dead. The first murder occurred in 1969, while the most recent incident occurred in 2006. All of the victims save for one were members of the First Nations community, and many were hitchhiking alone in the remote area.
Authorities have confirmed 18 victims, but First Nations organizations estimate that over 40 women have fallen prey to the killer or killers stalking this long stretch of road. Many allege that institutionalized racism contributed to a shoddy investigation and tragic lack of media coverage.
Mysterious serial killers
The Servant Girl Annihilator
Location: Austin, Texas
Number of victims: 8 confirmed dead, 8 survived
Between 1884 and 1885 seven women and one man were brutally assaulted while asleep in their beds in Austin, Texas. Of the female victims, five were dragged from their sleeping quarters, battered but still alive, and murdered outdoors. Some of these bodies were mutilated or posed in grisly positions. Another eight victims – six women and two men – were also attacked during the spree, but survived.
According to a front-page article in The New York Times, authorities arrested roughly 400 men in connection with the murders, but all leads fell flat. The unsolved murders represent one the earliest instances of prolific serial killing in the United States.
The unsolved Alphabet Murders
Location: Rochester, New York
Number of victims: 3 confirmed dead
In the early 1970s in the blue collar city of Rochester, New York, three young girls, ages 10-11, were raped and strangled. The attacks seemed to be linked by the alphabet – each of the girls’ first and last names started with the same letter, and their bodies were found in nearby towns that began with these letters. Hundreds of suspects were questioned, yet a killer was never charged.
In 2011, a Rochester man named Joseph Naso was found guilty of a similar set of “alphabet murders” that occurred in California in the late 1970s. Despite the eerie parallels, police have never been able to link Naso to the lettered murders in his hometown of Rochester.
Read about the strange The double initial Murders
The Mad Redhead Murderer
Location: Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Pennsylvania
Number of victims: 8 confirmed dead, possibly others
The unifying factor to these unsolved murder cases is that all of the female victims had red hair. The first was discovered in Wetzel County, West Virginia in 1983 – though an earlier killing might date the beginning of the spree in 1978. It’s most likely that the women, many of whom remain unidentified, were either hitchhiking or engaged in prostitution.
The Colonial Parkway Killer
Number of victims: 8 confirmed dead
Four separate couples met grisly ends along the asphalt of Colonial Parkway in Virginia. Starting with a couple in 1986, the mystery killer continued to target lovebirds oblivious to the dangers around them. One pair – the third to go missing – has never been found. The only evidence left by the killer is a tuft of hair in the hand of the first victim. Police believe that the killer may very well be a law enforcement officer, or even a CIA operative gone rogue.
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The Long Island Killer
Location: Long Island, New York
Number of victims: 10 to 17
Casting a long shadow across Long Island is a series of unsolved murders occurring along its shores. The remains of four separate victims, all of whom were sex workers advertising on Craigslist, were found in 2010. Additional victims were found in 2011 not to far from the others. The disappearances date back to 1996 and the killer’s dumping ground stretches from Jones Beach to Gilgo Beach. Police believe, however, that since many of the bodies were found in burlap sacks, that the murders occurred elsewhere.