Criminal Minds, Hannibal, CSI – all these shows give us insights into horrific serial killers that terrify us rotten. But all these serial killers are nothing compared to the real-life unsolved serial killers that roam our streets.
Are you ready to be terrified? Here are 8 horrifying serial killers who haven’t been caught:
The Zodiac Killer
“I like killing people because it is so much fun.”
The terrifying line that the Zodiac Killer sent to San Francisco newspapers. From late 1968 to 1969 the people of San Francisco were terrorised by the serial killer named the Zodiac Killer. This serial killer murdered at least 5 people (he’s suspected to have killed around 20 people) and terrified countless more. But what was most bizarre about this killer was his obsession with the press who he would send details of his murders along with coded messages (he used a circle with a line through it as his symbol) and even sent in a bloody piece of material from a victim’s shirt.
Many people have been questioned about the Zodiac Killing over the years, but the police are yet to identify the killer.
The Alphabet Murders
In Rochester, New York in the early 1970’s there were three brutal murder of girls ages 10-11. In each case the girl was raped an murdered. Each victim had the same letter starting their first and last name, the girls were also found in a nearby town with the same letter. This eerie pattern earned the serial killer the nickname The Alphabet Killer.
Despite no one ever being charged with the murders there was a very similar case in the late 70’s with apparent ‘alphabet killings’ too. For these murders a man called Joseph Naso was found guilty in 2011. Despite similarities police are unable to link the two.
February 9 Killer
The February 9 killer is responsible for two known horrific murders – both were killed on February 9th one in 2006 and the other in 2008. The first murder was particularly awful as victim Sonia Mejia was pregnant at the time.
In both cases there was no sign of forced entry and DNA was left at the scene. Police have been unable to match this DNA profile to a suspect and it could be they never find him unless he’s arrested for another offence.
Highway of Tears Killer
The Highway of Tears killer is confirmed to have killed 18 woman but is presumed to have killed over 40 in British Columbia, Canada. The murders have spanned from 1969 to as late as 2006 with no arrest.
All the victims were hitchhiking in a remote area when they were taken. It’s suspected that a lack of media coverage and racism in the police force have allowed the killer to remain anonymous.
The Servant Girl Annihilator
This serial killer was active in 1884 and 1885 in Austin, Texas where he killed 8 people and attacked 8 more who survived. Victims were brutally assaulted in their beds and 5 of the female victims were pulled outside to be murdered and posed.
At the time police were said to have 400 suspects but none led to an arrest.
The Freeway Phantom
In Washington D.C. between April 1971 and September 1972 six African American girls were raped and murdered. All were aged between 11 and 18 and went missing while on errands and never returned.
The fifth victim had a note in her pocket (which police believe was dictated by the killer and the victim made to write) which said:
“This is tantamount to my insensititivity [sic] to people especially women
I will admit the others when you catch me if you can!
Long Island Killer
The Long Island Serial Killer is thought to have killed around 17 victims and been dumping bodies on the shores of Long Island for twenty years. The victims tend to sex workers that advertised on Craiglist and although bodies were found on the beaches of Jones Beach and Gilgo Beach police have suggested that they may have been killed elsewhere.
Colonial Parkway Killer
The Colonial Parkway serial killer went after four couples in Virginia starting in 1986. One of couples (the third) have never actually been found. The killer’s ability to sneak up on unsuspecting victims has led authorities to believe the killer might have police training or even be a rogue CIA agent.