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Ever wondered what weight many of the world's most infamous serial killers and murderers were? Probably not. It's certainly not the first fact you'd want to jump to when you think about serial killers. You'd probably expect them to be larger than average so they can overpower their victims, but - having compiled a (non- exhaustive) list below - it appears that very few serial killers are of an abnormally large frame, with many actually being of average/under weight, which helps them to blend in with everyday people and not appear frightening to their next potential victims. This also helps explain why many serial killers chose victims of a stature smaller to themselves, who were also vulnerable, weak and - often - incapacitated by a head-trauma, terror, drink or drugs first.
Obviously, it's very difficult to accurately calculate a person's weight, as their body mass fluctuates across their lifetime, so the majority of these weight measurements were taken from prison medicals, executioner's notes, arrest records, police descriptions and other reliable sources, with a few based on their height and then compared to reliable data given about their frame size, age, diet and era. As always, this is not a comprehensive list, and will be updated as-and-when new information comes to light and I can confirm a person's accurate weight.
Serial Killers by Weight (lightest to heaviest, rounded up/down)
If you "enjoyed" this blog post, why not take a peek at my other articles: such as serial killers and their diets, favourite drinks, height, IQ, star signs, lunar cycles, dates of birth, reasons for killing, music, nicknames, last meals and whether they're alive or dead... to name but a few.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a writer, crime historian and tour-guide who runs Murder Mile Walks, a guided tour of Soho’s most notorious murder cases, hailed as “one of the top ten curious, quirky, unusual and different things to do in London” and featuring 12 murderers, including 3 serial killers, across 15 locations, totalling 75 deaths, over just a one mile walk.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime writer, podcaster of Murder Mile UK True Crime and creator of true-crime TV series.
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