Do you know the real name of the Green River Killer, or the Angel of Death? Remember where Jack the Ripper or Charles Manson committed their heinous crimes? If so, you might have what it takes to ace this serial killers quiz.
The FBI estimates that there are between 25 and 50 active serial killers operating in the United States each year. Sounds terrifying, until you also consider that serial murders represent less than 1 percent of all murders annually. So while the bad guys are out there, your chances of running into one are relatively slim.
Of course, any discussion of serial killers has to address some of the myths around them. Contrary to what you may believe, there really is no single identifying characteristic shared by all serial murderers -- they can be any race, age or gender. Even more surprising is that most are not insane psychopaths living on the fringes of society. In fact, a shocking number of these murderers blend in perfectly with society -- they can be your co-worker, neighbor or someone at your church, and you'd probably never know.
So what drives a serial killer? That's another tough question, because contrary to what you've seen on TV, many of these criminals have multiple motives, and some have none at all. Sure, some kill for sexual gratification, but for others its the thrill of power, anger at the world, a specific ideology or even just some form of psychosis.
Think you can name the most feared serial killers throughout history? Take our quiz to find out!