African-American Serial Killers
We always think that most serial killers are white, while that’s true, over the course of time there have been a few that weren’t.
Henry Louis Wallace: He restricted himself to victims of his own race, like most typical serial killers. One way he was different though was that while most serial killers pick random targets, he picked people he knew. Between September of 1992 and March of 1994, Wallace raped and strangled nine young black women in Charolette, North Carolina. They were all people he knew. One was his girlfriends roommate, others were friends with his sister. His first six murders happened over a 20 month span but his last three were within 72 hours. He was arrested in January on 1994 and confessed to all nine killings. He was sentenced to death.
Carlton Gary: He killed outside his race. His combination of intelligence, charm and cunningness made him extremely dangerous. He was arrested in May of 1970 as a suspect in a rape-murder of an 85 year old woman from New York. He managed to shift the blame to someone who knew. After escaping prision, where he was being held on lesser charges, Gary made is back to his hometown of Columbus, Georgia. Between September 1977 and April 1978, the city was hit by a number of murders. The victims were seven white women, the oldest victim was just shy of 90 years old. He was later arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to 20 years in jail but after just four years he escaped. In 1984 he was charged with the murders and sent to die in the electric chair.
Celeophus Prince Jr: He too preyed on victims outside his own race. Between January and September of 1990, he murdered six women in San Diego. He stabbed one of his victims over 50 times and left bloody circles around his victims breasts. This would become his signature. Prince even killed a mother and daughter and bragged about it to a friend. He would even wear the woman’s wedding ring around his neck on a chain. He was called the “Clairemont Killer” during his nine month killing spree. He was arrested in September of 1991 and convicted of six counts of 1st degree murder, twenty counts of burglury and one count of rape. He was sentenced to death and is being held at San Quentin.