The odds of you or someone you love being murdered by a serial killer are pretty low. According to the FBI, serial killings are relatively uncommon occurrences, accounting for less than 1% of all murders in a given year. However, many of us can’t help but wonder if our chances are increased based on where we live. There are also questions of whether ones location can influence his or her chances of becoming a serial killer. Many have suggested that states in the Pacific-Northwest have an unusually high number of serial killers. Perhaps it the gray, rainy weather. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence.
According 24/7 Wall St., these are the top 10 states with the highest serial killing rate.
- Adjusted number of serial killings per 1 million: 5.86
- Total no. of serial killings: 174
- Worst decade for serial killings: 1980’s
Notable serial killers from Oklahoma include Roger Dale Stafford, who murdered 9 people in a spree killing in 1978. He was executed in 1994. More recently, William Reece has come forward and led police to remains of a young woman he killed in 1997. Authorities believe he killed at least 5 other young women during this time period.