The Ultimate True Crime Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The Ultimate True Crime Quiz
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About This Quiz

Sometimes real-life crimes are weirder and wilder than any fictional evil. How much do you know about these true crimes?
Which serial killer enjoyed dressing up as a clown and working charity events?
Ian Brady
Dennis Rader
John Wayne Gacy
He went by the name Pogo the Clown.

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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre is associated with which famous criminal?
Al Capone
Capone's men killed eight people that day.
John Dillinger, Jr.
George Moran

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Which man was the most prolific known serial killer in United States history?
Gary Ridgway
He was known as the Green River Killer and netted at least 49 victims.
Jeffrey Dahmer
Paul Knowles

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In Chicago, criminal H.H. Holmes had a house in Chicago that eventually bore which nickname?
The Dungeon
Murder Castle
He may have been responsible for hundreds of murders.
Fraudville

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Which serial killer claimed that a demonic dog commanded him to commit murder?
Dennis Rader
David Berkowitz
He was known as the Son of Sam, and he killed six people.
Bobby Joe Long

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How did The Angel of Death kill most of his elderly patients?
He drugged them.
He was a nurse, and he claimed that he was relieving patients of suffering.
He smothered them.
He drained them of blood.

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How long did it take to exonerate the Central Park Five of rape?
13 years
They were finally freed after being accused of attacking the famous Central Park jogger.
7 years
5 years

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What was the IQ of the Trash Bag Killer, who confessed to 32 murders?
70
100
180
His high intelligence helped him elude capture for years.

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William Heirens became famous for leaving messages written in what?
lipstick
One message told the cops to catch him before he killed again.
blood
feces

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Serial killer Ted Bundy once worked at which organization?
a funeral home
a suicide prevention hotline
He was a master manipulator.
a heart hospital

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Sharon Tate was murdered by which criminal?
Myra Hindley
Charles Manson
He hoped the murders of Tate and her friends would spark a race war.
Jeffrey Dahmer

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How many people have been named as Jack the Ripper suspects?
100
None of the speculation ever ended with a conviction.
200
300

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Metal Fang was a serial killer known for what?
His kennels full of vicious dogs.
His white metal teeth.
He was also a cannibal.
His pet wolf.

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How did the Giggling Granny kill numerous members of her family?
poison
She killed 11 family members, including four husbands
a knife
a car

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John Dillinger escaped from jail using what object?
a sharpened toothbrush
a wooden gun
He supposedly whittled the gun himself.
a key

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Billy the Kid was said to have killed 27 people but in reality probably killed how many?
8
He was eventually hunted down and shot to death.
3
1

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Which serial killer kept victims' heads in his freezer?
The Casanova Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
He reportedly kissed and had conversations with the heads.
BTK

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How did Andre Kehoe kill 43 people at a school in 1927?
fire
bomb
His victims included 38 children.
machine gun

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Ted Kaczynski earned which nickname for himself?
The Unabomber
He mailed homemade bombs to numerous people before being nabbed.
El Chapo
Scarface

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What prison sentence did Luis Garavito receive for murdering 139 boys in Columbia?
30 years
The government scrambled to find other ways to keep him locked up.
30 life sentences
death

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Which serial killer was known for dismembering and beheading his victims?
Son of Sam
BTK
Cleveland Torso Murderer
He killed at least 12 people in the 1930s and was never caught.

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Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people because he was mad at the government for what?
The Ruby Ridge incident
The Branch Davidian siege
19 children were killed by the bomb he set off in Oklahoma City.
The Iraq War

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Which Wild West figure worked as an authority figure until being linked to more than 17 murders?
Frank Dalton
Tom Horn
Stripped of his bounty hunter badge, he became a hired mercenary and kept killing.
Bat Masterson

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How did mobster John Gotti die?
stabbed in the back
in prison
His flamboyant and infamous career came to a boring end.
in a hail of police gunfire

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"Bugsy" Siegel got his nickname because of what characteristic?
He had bug eyes.
He went into murderous rages.
People who used the nickname in his presence risked their lives.
He looked like Bugs Bunny.

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How many children "committed suicide" at the People's Temple in an act led by Jim Jones?
93
128
303
909 people died following the cult leader.

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Which serial killer sent complex coded messages to the media?
Metal Fang
Green River Killer
The Zodiac Killer
He was never apprehended, and no one knows his identity.

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He was convicted of 48 murders, but how many did the Green River killer confess to?
around 60
around 70
around 100
Many of his victims were prostitutes in the Northwest United States.

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Which famed gangster earned the nickname "Jackrabbit?"
John Dillinger
Daring escapes were one of his trademarks.
Lester Gillis
Charlie Luciano

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Before she was executed, what were Aileen Pittman's last words?
"They deserved it"
"I'll be back"
She worked as a prostitute and killed her customers.
"Thank goodness it's over"

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