Can You Identify These Serial Killers From One Fact?

By: Becky
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Can You Identify These Serial Killers From One Fact?
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About This Quiz

Are you an expert on serial killers? Prove it.

Anyone who watches "Criminal Minds" knows that the episodes are often based on real-life serial killers. And, since the show has run for nearly 300 episodes, it is clear that the minds of these criminals have given the show plenty of fodder to choose from. Certainly we know that serial killers have existed since the beginning of time, yet the term "serial killer" is relatively new. In general, a serial killer is one who kills more than three people over a period of time. This distinction is different from a spree killer, who may kill several people, but who does so over a short period of time, and the mass killer, who kills several people (or more) at the same time. Serial killers were once called mass killers, until this new definition was put into place.

Serial killers kill for many reasons, including anger, thrills and money, but their reasons nearly always involve some sort of psychological component. Serial killers also tend to have a specific signature, or way of doing things, that remains relatively constant across each of their crimes.

Thinks you know all there is to know about serial killers? See if you can identify each of these.

He killed 30 women from 1974-1979.
Charles Manson
Jeffrey Dahmer
Ted Bundy
Frankenstein
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Ted Bundy killed 30 women from 1974-1979. He was executed in 1989.

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The Killer Clown
Ted Bundy
Charles Manson
Dracula
John Wayne Gacy
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John Wayne Gacy was known as the Killer Clown. He was executed in 1994.

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He ate his victims.
Ted Bundy
Charles Manson
John Wayne Gacy
Jeffrey Dahmer
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Jeffrey Dahmer was known to eat his victims. He died in prison in 1994.

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Northern California astrological killer
The Zodiac Killer
Charles Manson
Jeffrey Dahmer
Ted Bundy
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The Zodiac Killer's territory was Northern California. He was never caught.

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1893 World's Fair killer
Charles Manson
Dracula
Frankenstein
H.H. Holmes
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Dr. H.H. Holmes selected his victims from the World's Fair in Chicago. He was executed in 1896.

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The Green River Killer
Charles Manson
Dracula
Gary Ridgway
Ted Bundy
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Gary Ridgway was The Green River Killer. He is currently serving time in Washington.

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The Night Stalker
Richard Ramirez
Charles Manson
HH Holmes
Ted Bundy
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Richard Ramirez was the Night Stalker. He died in 2013 while awaiting execution.

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The Co-ed Killer
Ted Bundy
John Wayne Gacy
Edmund Kemper
Charles Manson
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Edmund Kemper was the co-ed killer. He is currently serving time in California.

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BTK Killer
Ted Bundy
Dennis Ramirez
Dennis Rader
Charles Manson
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Dennis Rader was the BTK Killer. He is serving time in Kansas.

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The Mad Butcher
Ed Gein
John Wayne Gacy
Richard Ramirez
Ted Bundy
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Ed Gein was the Mad Butcher. He died in 1984.

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Son of Sam
Ed Gein
Charles Manson
John Wayne Gacy
David Berkowitz
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David Berkowitz was the Son of Sam. He was arrested in 1977.

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Prostitute turned killer
Charles Manson
Dracula
Aileen Wuornos
Frankenstein
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Aileen Wuornos was a prostitute who killed seven johns. She was executed in 2002.

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Toy box killer
Charles Manson
Ted Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
David Parker Ray
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David Parker Ray was the Toy Box Killer. His crimes earned him a 224-year sentence.

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The Boston Strangler
Albert DeSalvo
Charles Manson
Ted Bundy
John Wayne Gacy
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Albert DeSalvo was The Boston Strangler. He confessed to the murders of 13 women.

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The Hillside Stranglers
Kenneth Bianchi
Ted Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
Charles Manson
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Kenneth Bianchi was one of the Hillside Stranglers. He worked with his cousin, Angelo Buono.

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The Genesee River Killer
John Wayne Gacy
Charles Bianchi
Charles Manson
Arthur Shawcross
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Arthur Shawcross was the Genesee River Killer. His crimes earned him a 255-year sentence.

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The Dating Game Killer
Dracula
Rodney Alcala
Frankenstein
Attila the Hun
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Rodney Alcala was The Dating Game Killer. He has been sentenced to death.

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Double Initial Murders
Joseph Naso
Ted Bundy
Charles Manson
Jeffrey Dahmer
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Joseph Naso committed the Double Initial Murders. He may also be responsible for the Alphabet Murders in New York.

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Happy Face Killer
Ed Burns
Brad Pitt
George Clooney
Hunter Jesperson
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Hunter Jesperson was the Happy Face Killer. He is currently serving a life sentence.

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The Confession Killer
Hunter Jesperson
Richard Ramirez
Henry Lee Lucas
Charles Manson
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Henry Lee Lucas was the The Confession Killer. He died in 2001.

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Joel the Ripper
Joel Rifkin
Frankenstein
Dracula
Attila the Hun
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Joel Rifkin was known as Joel the Ripper. His crimes earned him a sentence of 203 years.

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Spokane Serial Killer
Charles Manson
Robert Lee Yates
Jeffrey Dahmer
Ted Bundy
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Robert Lee Yates was the Spokane Serial Killer. He was arrested in 2000.

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The Vampire of Sacramento
Richard Ramirez
Richard Chase
John Wayne Gacy
Charles Manson
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Richard Chase was The Vampire of Sacramento. He was once diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

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The Butcher Baker
Robert Hansen
Jeffrey Dahmer
Dracula
Charles Manson
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Robert Hansen was The Butcher Baker. His crimes earned him a sentence of 461 years.

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The Meanest Man in America
Donald Henry Gaskins
Charles Manson
Richard Ramirez
John Wayne Gacy
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Donald Henry Gaskins was The Meanest Man in America. He was executed in 1991.

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The Lonely Hearts Killer
Nannie Doss
Aileen Wuornos
Charles Manson
Jeffrey Dahmer.
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Nannie Doss was the The Lonely Hearts Killer. She died in prison serving a life sentence.

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The Cross Country Killer
Charles Manson
Dracula
Frankenstein
Glen Edward Rogers
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Glen Edward Rogers was the The Cross Country Killer. He was arrested in 1995.

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The Casanova Killer
Paul John Knowles
Jeffrey Dahmer
John Wayne Gacy
Charles Manson
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Paul John Knowles was the The Casanova Killer. He was arrested in 1974.

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The Freeway Killer
William Bonin
Jeffrey Dahmer
Dracula
Frankenstein
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William Bonin was The Freeway Killer. He was executed in 1996.

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The Gainesville Ripper
Richard Ramirez
Danny Rolling
Charles Manson
Ty Davis
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Danny Rolling was The Gainesville Ripper. He was executed in 2006.

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The Butcher of Elmendorf
Joe Ball
Charles Manson
John Wayne Gacy
The Clown Killer
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Joe Ball was the Butcher of Elmendorf. He killed between 1936 and 1938.

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The Racist Killer
Richard Ramirez
Joseph Paul Franklin
Bruno Buono
Charles Manson
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Joseph Paul Franklin was the The Racist Killer. He was executed in 2013.

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The Death House Landlady
Aileen Wuornos
Dorothea Puente
HH Holmes
Charles Manson
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Dorothea Puente was The Death House Landlady. She died in prison in 2011.

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The Angel of Death
Dorothea Puente
Aileen Wuornos
HH Holmes
Kristen Gilbert
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Kristen Gilbert was The Angel of Death. She is currently serving a life sentence.

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The Scorecard Killer
Randy Steven Kraft
HH Holmes
Richard Ramirez
Jeffrey Dahmer
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Randy Steven Kraft was The Scorecard Killer. He is currently on death row in California.

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