This US State Has The Most Serial Killers

Despite what Hollywood seems to want us to believe, serial murder is just not that common. According to the Huffington Post, less than .01 percent of all homicides are committed by serial killers, which means the average person has about a .00039 percent chance of being killed by a serial murderer. So rest easy.

Of course ... your risk does go up or down somewhat depending on where you live, who you are, and what you do for a living. According to Vox, African-Americans are disproportionately targeted by serial killers — they account for 13.3 percent of the population, but 24 percent of serial killer victims. Younger people, too, are more at risk, and serial killers often target people who seem like they won't be missed, which is why so many sex workers seem to fall prey to serial killers.

But what about where you live? It's true that serial killers seem to prefer certain places, too. Vox says that Washington D.C. has the largest number of victims at about 25 people per 100,000. Washington D.C. is not technically a state, though, so if you exclude D.C. then the next most dangerous place to be is Alaska, which has roughly 6.9 victims per 100,000 (based on 2016 numbers). 

Historically, in fact, Alaska has produced an awful lot of serial killers. According to Arcadia Publishing, there are a few theories about why this might be — Alaska has long winter nights, which have proven to make people a little, shall we say, stir-crazy. Still, not everyone exposed to those long winter nights (not even most everyone) becomes a serial killer as a way of coping, so there must be something else going on. The extended darkness does give murderers extra opportunities to find and kill their victims. Also, the wilderness is isolated and therefore the perfect place to commit murder in relative anonymity, and it's also a great place to dispose of evidence. Plus, there are a disproportionately large number of males in the population, and therefore a disproportionately large number of sex workers, and we all know how serial killers feel about them.

On the other hand, the Alaskan scenery is lovely. Maybe just don't get off the cruise ship.