Horror movies are often terrifying precisely because of details leeched from real life atrocities. This can hit - quite literally - closer to home if there's a link to the state you're from. I mean, if you're from Vermont, chances are that you whispered to each other as kids about Ted Bundy; pretty much the worst person to ever be born in your state.
With that in mind, here's a handy infographic for those horribly fascinated by true crime - the guys at Mandatory created this handy infographic - telling you the worst person from your state...
Let's expand on that a little bit. Several of the 'worst people' given here are not actually serial killers - for example, they may be spree killers or gangsters - I'll make a note of this.
Disclaimer: I'm just breaking down this particular map, and some bad people have been assigned to states based on either birth state or area of operation, the compilers have taken both these as justification.
If you have a better suggestion for the worst person of a specific state, please let us know in the comments!
The Ones Everyone's Heard Of
Some, such as the Zodiac Killer (California), Jeffrey Dahmer (Wisconsin) and Albert Fish (Washington D.C.) are notorious enough to be portrayed in movies and popular culture.
1. Ohio: Charles Manson
Note: Cult Leader
2. Wisconsin: Jeffrey Dahmer
Note: Infamous necrophile and murderer Ed Gein was also from Wisconsin
3. Washington D.C.: Albert Fish
4. Texas: Richard Ramirez
5. Kansas: Dennis Rader (BTK)
6. California: The Zodiac Killer
Victims: 5 confirmed
Note: Richard Trenton Chase 'The Vampire of Sacramento' also killed in California, as did prolific killer Rodney Alcala.
7. Utah: Gary Ridgway
Note: Ridgway was born in Utah but killed along the Green River in Washington
8. Indiana: Jim Jones
Notes: Cult leader, persuaded followers to drink cyanide
9. Illinois: John Wayne Gacy
The Lesser Known Killers
10. Missouri: Terry Blair
Note: Diagram cites outlaw Jesse James for Missouri
11. South Dakota: Jerry Brudos
Note: Diagram cites 30s gangster Vernon C. Miller
12. North Dakota: Eugene Butler
Note: Diagram cites 80s cop killer Gordon Kahl
13. Montana: Kyle Huff
Note: Mass Murderer, born in Montana. The Unabomber also orchestrated his attacks from a remote cabin in Montana.
14. Nebraska: Charles Starkweather
Note: Spree Killer
15. Colorado: Dylan Harris & Eric Klebold
Note: Mass Murderers
16. Connecticut: Michael Bruce Ross
Note: Diagram cites US war traitor Benedict Arnold
17. Iowa: The Villisca Ax Murderer
Note: Diagram cites Robert Hansen, as he was born there
18. Nevada: Carroll Edward Cole
Note: Diagram cites outlaw Long-haired Sam Brown. Cole killed in more than one state.
19. Arizona: Mark Goudeau
Note: Diagram cites outlaw The Apache Kid
20. New Mexico: David Parker Ray
Victims: 14 - 60
21. Oklahoma: John Robert Williams
Notes: Diagram cites spree killer Cameron Willingham
22. Wyoming: Everett E. Conant III
Notes: Spree killer. Diagram cites hate crime killer Aaron McKinney
23. Mississippi: Donald Leroy Evans
Victims: 3 confirmed, 70 claimed
Notes: Diagram cites outlaw L.H. Musgrave. Evans killed in many states, but was incarcerated in Mississippi and murdered by another inmate there.
24. Alabama: Michael McLandon
Notes: Spree killer
25. Georgia: Wayne Williams
Victims: 2 - 31
Note: Diagram cites gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. There continues to this day doubt about Williams' conviction, including a suggested KKK cover-up for the murders.
26. Tennessee: Paul Dennis Reid
Notes: Diagram cites outlaw Machine Gun Kelly
27. Virginia: Briley Brothers
Notes: Spree killers
28. Maryland: Melvin Rees
Note: Diagram cites assassin John Wilkes Booth
29. New Jersey: Charles Edmund Cullen
Note: Diagram cites US traitor Aaron Burr
30. Louisiana: Sean Vincent Gillis
Note: Diagram cites assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
31. Pennsylvania: Harvey Miguel Robinson
Note: Diagram cites outlaw The Sundance Kid
32. Rhode Island: Craig Price
Note: Diagram cites infamous pirate Thomas Tew
33. New Hampshire: H. H. Holmes
Victims: 9 confirmed, 27 confessed
Note: Holmes was born in NH but erected his infamous Murder Castle in Chicago
34. New York: Timothy McVeigh
Victims: 168 killed, 600 injured
35. Michigan: Benjamin Atkins
Note: Diagram cites Aileen Wuornos for Michigan (victim count 7)
36. Idaho: Dayton Leroy Rogers
37. Delaware: Steven Pennell
38. Washington: Dr. Michael Swango
39. Oregon: Randall Woodfield
40. Florida: Gerard Schaefer
Note: born in Wisconsin, moved to Florida at 14
41. Maine: Arthur Shawcross
42. North Carolina: Antwan Pittman
Victims: 8 suspected, convicted of one murder
43. South Carolina: Henry Louis Wallace
44. Minnesota: Carl Panzram
45. Alaska: Robert Hansen
Note: Diagram cites Robert Hansen for Iowa as he was born there, gives gangster Soapy Smith for Alaska
46. Kentucky: Donald Harvey
Note: Harvey was actually born in Ohio, but moved to Kentucky when he was still an infant.
47. Hawaii: Raymond Fernandez
48. Arkansas: Mack Ray Edwards
49. West Virginia: Bobby Joe Long
50. Massachussetts: Albert DeSalvo, 'The Boston Strangler'
Who's the worst serial killer from your state?
Sources: Mandatory, Murderpedia