Monthly Archives: January 2012

Is There a Serial Killer Near You?

No one can say how many active serial killers are operating in America today. Why don’t we know? And what can we do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe?

It was a small but horrifying item in the Los Angeles Times:

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying what they call a ‘serious, dangerous serial killer operating in Orange County. Police believe one person is responsible for stabbing three middle-aged homeless men. He is (considered) extremely dangerous to the public.

Another serial killer, I thought. And then the question: How many serial killers are out there in America?

John Douglas, a former Chief of the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit and author of Mind Hunter says, “A very conservative estimate is that there are between 35-50 active serial killers in the United States” at any given time. Often, Douglas told me, they will, “kill

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