I’m a self-admitted true crime junkie. Thanks to Netflix specials and podcasts like Serial and Crime Junkie, I know way too much about serial killers, crazy ex-husbands, and the many other classifications of murderers out there.
Does anyone else find the sound of the Forensic Files narrator’s voice soothing? My husband thinks I’m crazy falling asleep to stories filled with horror and murder, and yet I can’t help myself!
I know so many other crime junkies out there can relate. Just like you will relate to the following crime junkie memes!
In 2017, experts estimate that there were 17,284 murders in the US. That’s a 0.7% decrease from 2016 and a 20.7% increase from 2013.
Los Cabos, Mexico is home to the highest number of murders in the whole entire world, followed by Caracas in Venezuela.
2. This is literally the story of my life
St. Louis, Missouri is considered the murder capital of the US. In 2017, there were 205 homicides.
That same year there were 341 homicides in Baltimore, Maryland. But there are more people living in Baltimore so that means you’re more likely to get slayed in St. Louis.
3. Clearly, it’s not just me!
In 2007, there were 2,340 people murdered by their intimate partner, 70% of which were female victims.
FBI statistics from 2011 show that over 82% of female victims were killed by someone they knew.
The story gets even bleaker for women over 18, of which 79.2% were murdered by a current lover, and 14.3% were killed by a former partner. Be careful who you date, people!
“In 2015, there were 500 wives murdered by their husbands nation-wide. Add another 500 for the girlfriends,” said Giacalone, a former NYPD sergeant with experience working on hundreds of cases involving murder, suicide, and missing-persons.
The most common motive for someone to kill their partner is anger, followed by fear of abandonment and loss. The third most common motive is sexual jealousy.
Less common motives include collecting insurance payouts, mercy killing, mental breakdowns, and replacing one partner with another.
Need another reason to stay home? The FBI estimates that there are anywhere from 25 to 50 active serial killers in the US at any given time.
Serial murders don’t have that much in common with one another. Their chosen victims, motives, locations, and methods of killing vary greatly.
Intelligence doesn’t seem to be much of a linking factor either. Although, one study found that the IQ of a typical serial killer is just below average at 86.
The title of ‘worst serial killer of all time’ belongs to Luis Garavito who murdered 138 proven victims in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
In America, Ted Bundy claimed the most victims with 35 proven kills. Thankfully, this monster was executed by the electric chair in 1989.
Samuel Little is next in line with 34 proven kills, but up to 90 possible murders are attributed to his name. His crimes, which took place from 1970 to 2005, are still being investigated to this day.
You are at least two times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than you are to die by murder. Although, your background and personal lifestyle can substantially increase your risk for getting murdered.
Hitchhikers and prostitutes, for instance, are among the greatest ‘at risk’ groups because they have frequent interactions with strangers.
In proof, nearly eight million people tuned in to watch the season finale of “Making a Murderer” within one month of its release date in December 2015.
Some experts believe that we love true crime so much because it triggers our basic primal human instincts and curiosity for the bizarre. We all fear the monsters hiding in our closets and we need to know what separates us from the murderers out there.
According to FBI statistics, more serial killers pop up in certain states than others. Alaska is at the top of that list with 15.65 serial killings per one million people.
51 serial murders occurred in Alaska between 1900 and 2014, more than half of which occurred between 1980 and 1990.
Next up, Nevada is home to the second highest number of serial killings in the US. There have been 98 documented serial murders since 1900, 33 of which occurred in the 1980s.
Third on the list? You guessed it – Florida! Something about the gator-infested state seems to attract serial murders with 9.92 serial murders per one-million occupants.
Other US states to make the list include (in order):
Craving more true crime?
Top true crime Netflix shows worth watching:
- Evil Genius
- The Investigator: A British Crime Story
- Amanda Knox
- The Keepers
- Forensic Files (a classic!)
- The Staircase
- Abducted in Plain Sight
- The Innocent Man
- Long Shot
- The Confession Tapes
- Out of Thin Air
- Wild Wild Country
- I Am a Killer
Top true crime podcasts worth checking out:
- Dirty John
- In The Dark
- My Favorite Murder
- Over My Dead Body (Wondery)
- The Teacher’s Pet
- Atlanta Monster
- Up And Vanished
- Someone Knows Something
- Crime Junkie