California: A Haven for Sexual Predators and Serial Killers
The dense, emigrant, mobile population of California, along with its large areas of wilderness, have made the state a fertile ground for serial killers, many of whom have not been caught, or have paid for their crimes elsewhere, leaving a bloody trail in the state. The victim of one unidentified sexual predator and serial killer was 17-year-old-five-and-dime store clerk Louise Tauber. She was found bound and hanging from an oak tree in the San Diego area, April 19, 1931. She had been raped. A 12-year-old boy had seen the girl bound and gagged in the rear seat of a car. Police made a frantic search of the area, hoping to find her alive. The unidentified killer was found to have been linked to other deaths of women in southern California.
The most infamous unidentified California serial killer was the Zodiac Killer of Northern California. Among the notorious captured serial killers are Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, known as the Hillside Stranglers; William Bonin and associates, the Freeway Killer; Richard Trenton Chase, the Vampire of Sacramento; Juan Corona, murdered 25 men; Harvey Glatman, bondage photographer; Patrick Kearney, necrophiliac, admitted to 28 murders; Randy Kraft, 66 murders (convicted of 16); Edmund Kemper, The Co-ed Killer; Charles Ng and Leonard Lake, killed 25, who specialized in killing their female sex slaves; Cary Stayner, the Yosemite Murderer; William Suff, the Riverside Killer; Chester Dwane Turner, 13 murders and Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker. Serial killers are almost always convicted of several murders, while actually having committed many more.