Serial Killers Quiz


A serial killer murders three or more people with "cooling off" periods in between. Test your knowledge of some of America's most notorious serial killers.

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Question 1 of 9

H.H. Holmes is considered America's first known serial killer. In what city did he operate?

Baton Rouge

... The correct answer is A: Chicago. Holmes killed guests of the hotel he opened to serve the 1893 World's Fair, which was held in Chicago. He also supposedly tortured and killed several of his lovers and employees.


Question 2 of 9

According to the FBI, approximately how many serial killers have there been in the U.S. in the past century?


... The correct answer is B: 400. The estimated number of serial-killer victims is between 2,526 and 3,860.


Question 3 of 9

The 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film "Psycho" was baed on which serial killer?

Ed Gein
Joe Ball, the Alligator Man
The Boston Strangler
Jack the Ripper

... The correct answer is A: Ed Gein. Ed Gein was a necrophiliac serial killer who made furniture and clothing out of his victims skins.


Question 4 of 9

True or False: Based on criminal profiling, the majority of serial killers are disorganizaed and asocial.


... The correct answer is B: False. The majority of serial killers are organizaed and nonsocial. Many are also highly functioning members of society, who are married or in long-term relationships.


Question 5 of 9

The MacDonald triad is a set of three behaviors that many serial killers display in childhood. What are they?

Hyperactivity, arson and cruelty to other children
Bed-wetting, arson and cruelty to animals.
Bed-wetting, thumb-sucking and speech delay
Hyperactivity, impulsiveness and cruelty to animals

... The correct answer is B: Bed-wetting, arson and vuelty to animals. They are also likely to have come from broken homes and been abused or neglected.


Question 6 of 9

Which serial killer was the subject to the subject of the 2003 film "Monster"?

Dana Sue Gray
Aileen Wuornos
Blanche Taylor Moore
Mary Bell

... The correct answer is B: Aileen Wuomos. Prostitute Aileen Wuomos was convicted of killing seven men in Flordia. She was executed by lethal injection in 2002.


Question 7 of 9

Which of the following serial killers did not actually touch any of his victims?

David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam"
Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer"
Dennis Rader, the "BTK Killer"
John Wayne Gacy, the "Killer Clown"

... The correct answer is A: David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam". Berkowitz shot his victims from a distance. Of his victims, six died and nine were injured.


Question 8 of 9

John Wayne Gacy Jr. was a successful businessman in Chicago who raped, tortured and killed at least 33 mean and boys in the 1970s. Where did he hide the remains of most of his victims?

In an abandoned well on his property
In a crawl space under his house
In a trunk in his attic
In a freezer at his office

... The correct answer is B: In a crawl space under his house. After Gacy's arrest and confession, police recovered the remains of the 27 bodies from beneath his house.


Question 9 of 9

True or False: Serial killers alamost always kill people of their same race.


... The correct answer is A: True. Serial killers rarely soose victims outside their race. An exception is the case of the Washington-area snipers, whose victims seemed to be choosen based on opportunity, rather than race or other characteristics.