The phrase “serial killer” conjures up a lot of names. The likes of Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, BTK and a host of others.
Whether nicknames or real, they all create images of fear.
But many can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the deranged killers were caught. While what they did was unthinkable, at least they are locked up or have faced execution.
That’s not true for all serial killers. Some haven’t been caught and others remain active today. While the idea of a serial killer is less common than 50 years ago, they are still around. They are still out there looking for their next victim.
Here are four active serial killers among the rest of us.
Between October and November 2006, four women who worked as prostitutes in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were found dead. The four victims were Barbara V. Breidor, Molly Jean Dilts, Kim Raffo and Tracy Ann Roberts.
The killer became known as the “Eastbound Strangler” because of the way he tied their bodies and left their heads pointed east.
The serial murderer killed each of the victims and left their bodies along a drainage canal between the Atlantic City Expressway and the Black Horse Pike in nearby Egg Harbor Township, according to NJ.com.
Various people have been connected to the case over the years, but none have been charged as the serial killer.
JEFF DAVIS 8
Like in Atlantic City, the bodies of eight sex workers were found dead in the rural areas of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, between 2005 and 2009.
According to Fox News, nobody has been arrested in connection to the murders.
The cause of death varied among the women, according to the report. Some had their throat slashed and others were asphyxiated. Some were too decomposed for the exact cause to be determined.
The victims were Black and white, between 17 and 30 years old.
Eerily, they all know each other in their town of 10,000 people.
WEST MESA MURDERS
In 2009, a woman walking her dog found a human bone in the desert of New Mexico. That led police to find one of the largest crime scenes in American history.
In total, there were 11 victims, and many were reported missing years earlier. The women had ties to drugs and prostitution, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
The victims became known as the “West Mesa Murders,” and their killer has yet to be caught.
The crime scene was a mass burial site in a 100-acre patch of desert, according to the Journal. Police teams worked around the clock to find all the victims, though it took years to identify them all.
LONG ISLAND SERIAL KILLER
Between 1996 and 2010, at least 10 women were killed on Long Island and their remains were found along the south shore.
As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, they became known as the victims of the Gilgo Beach Killer or the Craigslist Ripper. Many of the victims worked in the sex trade and advertised on Craigslist.
The unknown killer used strangulation and dismemberment to kill his victims.
While the victims were killed during a 20-year span, the first remains were not found until December 2010.
There have been numerous suspects in the case, but police have not named a person they believe is responsible for all the murders.