You never quite know what kinds of secrets the most ordinary-looking people may be hiding, as our list of the top 10 most wanted serial killers proves. From the typical family man to the hardcore gang member, the killers most wanted by law enforcement come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Shop our true crime tees here, or read on for more!
William Bradford Bishop, Jr.
William Bradford Bishop, Jr. seemed like your typical family man. He had three sons, a lovely wife, and was an avid sportsman. In the spring of 1976, however, that all changed. Bishop beat his wife, three sons and mother to death, buried the bodies somewhere out of town, and lit the corpses on fire in a shoddy attempt to conceal his crime. He is still on the run to this day, and the FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest.
The Gilgo Beach Killer
Originally working out of Long Island, NY, this killer sought out and killed prostitutes advertising their "services" on Craigslist. Police didn't initially know about this serial killer's existence; they accidentally discovered this killer when investigating the case of Shannan Gilbert. They found 10 bodies during their investigation, which lasted into 2011. Experts believe this mysterious killer simply left town once the media began talking about the murders. In a cruel twist of fate, Shannan's mother Mari was also murdered, but by Shannan's sister, Sarra.
The Jeff Davis Eight Killer
In May of 2005, eight women were killed just outside of Jennings, LA, a tiny town of about 10,000 residents. Their bodies were dumped in a local canal, where they were later found by a fisherman. The victims all had one thing in common: they were prostitutes. Part of why this case has not been solved is due to corruption at the local police department, and families are rightfully angry. In fact, it is even theorized that these women were not killed by the same killer, but by multiple killers, though the police department insists that one person killed these women. Because of this murkiness, the truth may be shrouded in mystery forever.
The Frankford Slasher
The Frankford Slasher case has captured the minds of both professional and amateur sleuths for decades. Police arrested and tried a suspect, Leonard Christopher, in 1990, but two major facts point away from him as the killer. The first fact is that witnesses say the killer was white and the second fact is that, after Christopher's incarceration, another murder matching one of the Frankford Slasher's took place. After that, the killings ended.
Despite the ridiculous name, The Doodler was notoriously cunning and manipulative. In the 1970s, long before it was even remotely permissible to declare yourself as openly gay, The Doodler showed up at gay bars, offering to draw people. He would use this to gain their trust and then, quite literally, stab them in the back after getting them alone. As many as 14 men were killed, and three survived, but none of the survivors ever came forward to tell their stories. This may be due to the fact that one survivor was a diplomat and the other a well-known entertainer, fearing the ruination of their careers.
The Serial Street Shooter
One of the most wanted serial killers in Arizona is a person known only as the Serial Street Shooter. From March to July of 2016, the Serial Street Shooter killed seven people and wounded three others, terrorizing the city of Maryvale, AZ. The shooter's identity, motive, and even vehicle are all a complete mystery. If you have any information about this crime, authorities are offering a $30,000 reward for information.
The Smiley Face Killer
This case is an interesting one because the Smiley Face Killer may be a group of people rather than one person. In any case, all 40 victims, who died between 1997 and 2002, have the same things in common. They were all white male college students who got heavily drunk. All of these victims were also drowned, and a smiley face was painted on a wall or object near the scene of the murder. Some organizations question whether these deaths are all one gruesome coincidence, but the truth is mired in mystery to this day.
Pedro Lopez of Colombia is one of the most prolific serial killers in human history with more than 300 victims to his name. His punishment? A mere 14 years in jail, deportation, institutionalization and then freedom. That's right – despite being jailed for these murders, Lopez walks free. Even after all of this, Lopez is suspected of still being active, as it is thought he is connected to a murder carried out in 2002. Lopez's whereabouts are currently unknown.
The Gage Park Killer
On a cold February day, six people were discovered dead in their Chicago home after a concerned relative requested the police perform a wellness check on the family's residence. The victims were all members of the same family, consisting of an uncle, a mother, her two sons and their grandparents. Worst of all, officials believe the family may have been targeted by mistake, pointing to the possibility of a professional hit gone wrong. No further details are known.
The Predator of Ciudad Juarez
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, so it only makes sense that a serial killer would turn the city into a killing field. Over 400 of the city's women have been tortured and killed, only to have their bodies unceremoniously dumped in the desert to rot. To make matters worse, numerous people have been falsely accused of and punished for these murders in an attempt to allay citizens' fears. This is one mystery that may never be solved, and why this killer is one of the top 10 most wanted serial killers.
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