BySam Warrington, writer at Creators.co

When we normally read about serial killers, we read about a particular person and their shocking crimes.

We might read about the grotesque Jeffrey Dahmer, who cannibalized his victims or John Wayne Gacy who buried his victims in the crawl space under his house.

Something that is also chilling is the statistics compiled about serial killers, the facts and figures that not only show the severity of their crimes, but also how widespread and common serial killers are.

Take a look at this list of facts you will wish you had never found out!

1. The United States of America Has The Highest Amount Of Serial Killers.

Jeffrey Dahmer US Serial killer
Jeffrey Dahmer US Serial killer

There are 2625 known serial killers that have been active in the US.

Peter Sutcliffe, serial killer in UK
Peter Sutcliffe, serial killer in UK

The United Kingdom is second with 142, and South Africa in third with 101.

2. Most Serial Killers Are White

Edmund Kemper, killed members of own family
Edmund Kemper, killed members of own family

White serial killers amount for a huge 52.1%

3. Most Serial Killers Are Men

A landslide majority of 90.8%, with 9.2% being women.

4. The Most Common Motive Is Enjoyment

Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy

Scarily, 46.11% kill just because they like it, or for sexual gratification. The second most common is for financial gain at 31.6%

5. The Decade With the Highest Amount of Serial Killers Is the 1980s.

Bobby Jo Long murdered at least 9 women in the 80's
Bobby Jo Long murdered at least 9 women in the 80's

The total was 872 record serial killers in the 1980s, 680 of which were in the US.

6. The Most Common Age to Be Murdered by a Serial Killer Is...

John Wayne Gacy AKA The Clown Killer murdered teens
John Wayne Gacy AKA The Clown Killer murdered teens

The tender age of just 19.

7. The State With the Highest Amount of Serial Killers

Richard Ramirez LA Serial Killer
Richard Ramirez LA Serial Killer

Is California with 1491 recorded serial killers, second is Texas with 794 with Florida in third with 778.

8. The Most Common Method of Killing Is...

Aileen Wuornos shot seven men
Aileen Wuornos shot seven men

By shooting, with 3,543 victims being shot meaning a percentage of 41.74%

1981 victims were strangled which accounts for 23.34% of victims, with 1289 being stabbed, making it the third most popular method of murder by serial killers at 15.19%

9. The Year With the Highest Amount of Serial Killer Victims Is 1987

Billy Glaze killed at least 20 women
Billy Glaze killed at least 20 women

With a total of at least 355 people falling prey to a serial killer.

10. 2014 Was an Exceptionally Low Year for Victims.

Miranda Barbour killed people she met on Craigslist
Miranda Barbour killed people she met on Craigslist

With just nine victims recorded.

source: maadot

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