Race Among Serial Killers

Data Collected from [16]
Note: Numbers depict recorded body count killed by each race. 

It is shown in the graph above that each race has committed serial killings, just some more than others. Known serial killers come from all ethnic groups, races, and different cultural groups. Racial diversity of serial killers mostly reflects on the United States population. Whites have the greatest percentage in population followed by African-Americans and Hispanics. African-Americans are the largest racial minority in the United States and also among serial killers. The graph above depicts subjects race and body count from the years 1900-2015. The subject races span from Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asian, Native American, and Other. Whites have a staggering body count of 1, 660, followed by Blacks with 859, Hispanics count is 148, Asians count is 160, Native Americans at 16, and Other at 2.  It is a common misconception that all serial killers are white males. Law enforcement, the public, and especially media has a tendency to overplay and stereotype the white serial killers and their victim selection and make them become fascinating, popular icons. It creates an exaggerated and almost “celebrity status” for these killers and want to be killers.

In upcoming slides it is written in great detail about white serial killers. An infamous African American killer is Wayne Williams. He is suspected of killing 27 black kids from the ages of 7-14 in Georgia. He was only convicted of two murders. A Hispanic serial killer is Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker”. He shot, stabbed, and beat up to 16 victims in the California area. Ramirez was sentenced to death in 1989. Charles Ng, a Chinese American, is suspected of killing up to 25 women in California and is on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Billy Richard Glaze is a well known Native American serial killer. He believed that other native women should be raped, stabbed, and murdered. He is suspected of at least 50 murders, but only convicted of three and police are investigating a fourth.

As seen, there are many variables that influence somebody to become a serial killer. Such as dysfunctional environments, childhood trauma, lack of education, and demographics. Each plays a significant role on the upbringing and every day living of these types of people. The environment determines who is going to be around them and influence them. Childhood trauma is one of the greatest factors in why serial killers become killers. Many have been abused; mentally, physically, and/ or sexually, and the trauma then carries into their adulthood. Education also plays a large factor in whether or not crime carries into ones life.   

Works Cited [16, 2, 1, 5]