Usually when a serial killer is caught, there’s a plausible assumption that the justice system will take care of the problem accordingly. The murderer will be found guilty by the courts and hopefully be sentenced to life in prison, allowing the streets to once again be safe to walk on without fear of becoming victim to a serial killer’s vicious impulse. However, that perfect idea of justice is not always reality.
Sometimes, murderers don’t spend the rest of their days in prison. In some cases, they have been released and now live among your loved ones and the rest of the non-lethal population, and quite often some are never caught at all. The serial killers on this list are not currently serving any time behind bars. In fact, most of these serial killers are still a threat to society having never been caught for the heinous crimes they committed.
Thankfully, we live in a time where modern technology and policing methods are extremely advanced and most murder cases are solved using high tech DNA testing and surveillance systems, making it quite difficult for murders to walk away freely.
Here's our list of the top 10 most dangerous serial killers still at large:
10 The Flat-Tire Killer
Five women were killed by a man in Dade County, Florida in 1979. The killer would lurk around parking lots, waiting for his victims left their cars. He would then deflate their tires and then ask them if they needed help. After gaining their trust he would kidnap them. One of the women he abducted was 23-year-old Barbara Stephens, who he stabbed to death using his flat-tire scheme. In total there were 33 similar deaths throughout the country. The infamous Ted Bundy eventually confessed to some of the murders but the deaths in Florida still remain unsolved to this day.
9 The West Mesa Bone Collector
In February 2009, the remains of 11 women were found buried in a desert area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The women were all prostitutes and the murders were believed to have been committed by one killer known as the West Mesa Bone Collector. The ages of the victims ranged from 15 to 32 and all seemed to have disappeared in a two year span, from 2003 to 2005. There were never any witnesses or even any DNA to connect the murders to anyone. Certainly a cryptic tale, and one that doesn't bode well for female escorts still working in the area.
8 The Monster Of Udine
The Italian city of Udine was shocked between the years of 1971 and 1991 with the murders of 11 women. The killer mainly murdered prostitutes, with the exception of one school teacher named Marina Lepre. Five of the victims were found with a gaping incision in their stomach, cut and cleaned with extreme care, most likely with a scalpel, which ran from the pubis to the chest. The incision of the cut was very close to that of a Cesarean, which convinced police that the killer was a doctor, but the police never had any real leads in the case and the Monster of Udine is still at large.
7 The Edgecombe Killer
Between 2005 and 2010 a serial killer murdered one man and nine women in and around Edgecombe, North Carolina. All of the killer's victims were African Americans with a history of prostitution and drug use. Almost all of the bodies were eventually found in the woods outside of Edgecombe County. The women were all stabbed to death and the male victim who was a transvestite named Travis Harrison, was dismembered. In 2009 a man by the name of Antwan Maurice Pittman was convicted of the murders, but many people who live in the county are reluctant to believe he was the real killer. Many citizens are convinced the Edgecombe County Serial Killer is still out there.
6 The Hwaseong Murders
Probably the most notorious serial killer in South Korea's history murdered 10 women in a span of 5 years, which began in 1986. The victims' ages ranged anywhere from 13 to 71. The killer would strangle them with their own clothes and raped many of them. There was a nationwide man hunt for the murderer but authorities had little evidence to go on, their only clues being witness accounts that he was slender and in his early 20s. The number of officers involved and suspects interviewed continued to grow into the thousands until in 2006 the statute of limitation on the case ran out. The case remains unsolved.
5 The Monster of Florence
The Monster of Florence is believed to be responsible for 16 different murders that took place between 1968 and 1985. The killer would sometimes follow couples and kill them with a .22 caliber pistol. The police have never given up trying to find the killer, and have arrested several suspects over the years, only to find that the killer has struck again. It has now been over 30 years since the Monster of Florence's last murder and with no evidence after all this time, if he is still alive, he will most likely live the rest of his life a free man.
4 The Vending Machine Killer
The vending machine murders took place in Japan back in 1985. The killer still at large, poisoned dozens of bottles and hid them in various vending machines all over Japan. The killer used a herbicide poison named paraquat and placed the bottles in the dispensing chute. The poison would quickly set in after a few mouthfuls. Nausea occurred, and after 1 or 2 days the victim would stop breathing all together. A total of ten people died and close to 35 people were poisoned but survived.
3 The Rainbow Maniac
A total of 13 gay men were murdered in Brazil, in an area called Paturis Park between February 2007 and August 2008. All were between the ages of 20 and 40 and all of them died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police believe that the murderer may have been a former police officer and may also be responsible for many other deaths in nearby areas. Francisco Franco, a former cop, was arrested in 2008, but he was never convicted and the crimes are still unsolved.
2 The Stoneman
The horrific Stoneman killer may be India’s most notorious serial killer. He is believed to have murdered 13 homeless people in the short span of just six months. The nickname Stoneman came from the fact that he would find homeless people sleeping in abandoned areas and brutally bash their heads in with a large stone. The Stoneman would go back and forth between Bombay and Calcutta killing these unfortunate homeless people, hoping to throw off the authorities. Eventually the murders stopped, but all that means is there is yet another killer still out there, escaping charges, leaving family members without justice for their loved ones.
1 The Babysitter
Oakland County, Michigan between 1976 and 1977 was plagued by a serial killer who was responsible for the murders of at least four children in the area. The mysterious killer would kidnap and then murder these young kids, leaving their bodies scattered in different locations. The county was overcome with fear, and parents were afraid to let their children leave their side. The police force had several suspects, but nothing ever stuck. Some people even thought The Babysitter could have been John Wayne Gacy since he was in Michigan at the time of the murders, but DNA tests proved otherwise. The case remains open to this day.