According to the FBI, there are up to 50 serial killers active in the United States at this moment. Whether the following 10 entries are among them is hard to tell because they have never been identified.
Sure, police have strong suspicions in some cases. It’s even possible that one or more of these cases will be closed by the end of 2017. As it stands, though, these 10 serial killers are at large, prowling the streets of America.
10. Jeff Davis 8
When a small city with a population of 10,000 has eight murder victims found in the same area within a span of five years, it’s normal to assume that a serial killer might be at work. That is what happened in Jennings, Louisiana. Between 2005 and 2009, eight women were murdered and dumped in swamps and ponds surrounding the city.
The victims had a lot in common. They lived in the same area, and all of them had criminal records, mainly for prostitution. Most of them died of asphyxiation. The signs point to the work of a serial killer, but it’s been over a decade without a solid suspect.
This has led to allegations of misconduct on behalf of local law enforcement. Investigative reporter Ethan Brown wrote a book on the subject and claimed that Jennings police officers had sex with some of the victims. Their investigation was tainted by evidence being mishandled and people being fired after trying to speak up. Brown believes that the evidence doesn’t point to one killer guilty of all murders but rather to a cover-up.
Brown’s biggest revelation involves the Boudreaux Inn, a sleazy motel where the women would take clients. The reporter uncovered that one of the co-owners was a field representative for Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany. Locals claimed to have witnessed the Congressman visit the motel with several of the victims.
This still begs the question: Who killed the Jeff Davis 8? Was it the work of one serial killer who eludes justice thanks to an incompetent or corrupt task force? Or did local police officers go so far as to murder up to eight women to protect people in power?
9. The Oakland County Child Killer
In 1976, Oakland County, Michigan, had a child killer on their hands. Four children, two boys and two girls, were murdered within a one-year span. They were all abducted and held captive for several days before their bodies were found placed carefully at various locations.
A task force led by the Michigan State Police investigated the murders. They had several leads: a composite sketch, a profile from witness descriptions, and a car model (blue AMC Gremlin). Police checked out thousands of tips and made dozens of arrests on unrelated charges but never apprehended the Oakland County Child Killer (OCCK).
There were several intriguing suspects. One was Chris Busch, son of a General Motors executive. He was suspected of several sex crimes involving children and committed suicide in 1978. This could explain why OCCK never killed again.
Another suspect came courtesy of a letter sent to psychiatrist and task force member Dr. Bruce Danto. The author identified himself as Allen and said his roommate, Frank, was the killer. Frank was angry about Vietnam and wanted to make rich people suffer. Allen was supposed to meet Dr. Danto in a bar. But he never showed up, and police never heard from him again.
For a time, police considered notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy as the possible murderer.
Then, in 2007, investigators revealed that Ted Lamborgine was their chief suspect in the crimes. He received life in prison for multiple child-related sex crimes going back to the ’70s. He also refused a reduced sentence in exchange for a polygraph test regarding OCCK.
8. The Bear Brook Murderer
Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire, was the location for two gruesome discoveries 15 years part. In 1985, the remains of a woman in her twenties and a child were found in a barrel. In 2000, police searching the area again found another barrel with the bodies of two girls.
DNA profiling revealed the woman and two of the children were related maternally. They had all been killed between 1977 and 1985. The skeletal remains have been used for reconstructions several times since their discovery, but the victims still remain unidentified.
Although the crimes are almost four decades old, police announced in early 2017 that they had a very strong suspect in the Bear Brook murders. His name was Robert Evans, and he was the biological father of the girl not related to the other victims. Although there is no evidence tying him conclusively to the barrel murders, Evans died in prison in 2010 while serving time for killing and dismembering his wife, Eunsoon Jun.
Moreover, police suspected Evans in the 1981 disappearance and probable murder of his then-girlfriend Denise Beaudin and contended that he was, in fact, a serial killer. They believe he also murdered the mother of his daughter. At the moment, police are focused on identifying the barrel victims instead of proving Evans’s guilt conclusively.