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“There’s always this rage and anger factor, and about half do die at the scene,” Bonn said.“What’s happening in our country is a natural environment for these sort of alienated, frustrated fearful individuals to emerge.” Notorious California Serial Killers Zodiac Killer: So called for taunting letters to the press, believed to have killed at least five people in 19 in the Bay Area and perhaps many more. Co-ed Killer: Edmund Kemper was convicted of 10 murders from 1964 to 1973 including his mother, grandparents and Santa Cruz area students and hitchhikers. Herbert Mullin: Confessed to killing 13 people mostly in the Santa Cruz area in 19, which he believed would stave off a big earthquake. The Hillside Strangler: So called for where the victims were found in the Hollywood Hills.He killed 17 people — one of whom died decades later — before police killed him.And more recently in Florida, the Daytona Beach Killer methodically murdered four women from 2005 to 2007 and remains unknown.19, 2018 file photo, Nikolas Cruz, accused of murdering 17 people in a Florida high school shooting, appears in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File) Of course, both types of mass murderer have always been around.
“BTK” killer Dennis Rader — who is said to have bound, tortured and killed 10 people in Kansas from 1974 to 1991 — would write to police demanding publicity.Serial killers were as much a part of the tapestry of that decade as wide-collar polyester shirts and Bee Gees albums, shadowy stalkers who became household names as they left a trail of bodies across the country.Ted Bundy, David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, the Freeway Killer, the Co-ed Killer, and the Hillside Strangler — who turned out to be a pair of cousins.But crime experts agree that mass shooters have largely replaced the serial killer. “But the trend of serial killers has dissipated in the last 25 years, whereas a pattern of mass public shooters has increased in the last 25 years.They’re still relatively rare, but we’re seeing on average one every four weeks.” Jack Levin, professor emeritus at Northeastern University, co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict and co-author of “Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder,” said that while serial killers and mass shooters are “very different, the number of mass killers has not increased since the 1970s.” “There’s no epidemic,” Levin said.