Many of us have unexplained fascinations with serial killers, and know more than we’d like to admit about their lives and killing sprees.
With the more well-known murderers like Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, we are very familiar with the kinds of people that they targeted. But have you ever wondered whether one serial killer would become the victim of another if they happened to meet each other?
Well, a group on Reddit did and the five following pairs coming in contact with one another could very well have ended in one murdering the other.
1. Gary Ridgway and Aileen Wuornos
If these two had been in the same area between 1989 and 1990, it’s likely that Ridgway would have picked up Wuornos.
The latter was a prostitute who shot and killed her clients after making arrangements for sex with them in Florida. Ridgway strangled prostitutes and runaway women he picked up along Pacific Highway South in Washington.
Either of these murderers could have killed the other. It really depends on who would have been faster in their attack.
2. Randy Kraft and Jeffrey Dahmer
Like Ridgway and Wuornos, had these two been in the same state between 1978 and 1983, it’s very possible that they would have run into each other at some point.
Dahmer murdered men and young boys in Ohio and Wisconsin, usually picking up his victims in gay bars and luring them back to his place for sex before he killed them. Kraft also murdered young boys and men, but mostly in California. He typically lured victims into his car and drugged them before sexually abusing and killing them.
In the right place at the right time, Kraft could have given Dahmer a ride and drugged him, but Dahmer could have also successfully propositioned Kraft for sex, as the latter had romantic and sexual relationships with men.
3. Ray Copeland and Juan Corona
Copeland could have easily murdered Corona if he had worked on his farm in Missouri or supplied workers to him.
Ray and his wife Faye were convicted of killing five of their employees, though Ray had been the one to shoot them with his rifle. He regularly picked up drifters and gave them work as farmhands, then took them to the market and made them buy cattle with fraudulent checks. Ray sold the cattle quickly after and killed the workers, hiding their bodies around the farm between 1986 and 1989.
Juan Corona killed at least 25 people in 1971 while he was working as a labor contractor. He usually picked victims that were owed money and killed and buried them at the farms and ranches he was supplying workers to. If he had worked with the Copelands, he could have been pulled into Ray’s scam or been caught burying his own workers on their property, where Ray likely would have shot him, too.
Vega could have definitely gained access to Puente’s boarding house and murdered not only her, but possibly some of her boarders, too.
From the age of 53 to 59, Puente killed and buried the elderly and mentally disabled people living in her boarding house in California. This happened when they found out she had been cashing their Social Security checks.
Vega was known as “El Mataviejas,” or the “Old Lady Killer.” He raped and killed at least 16 women who were between 61 and 93 years old in the late 1980s, when Puente was murdering people.
5. John Wayne Gacy and Jesse Pomeroy
Pomeroy became the youngest person convicted of first-degree murder in the history of Massachusetts, falling right into the age group of Gacy’s victims during his murder spree.
Pomeroy was only a teenager when he began killing, and Gacy targeted 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Illinois. Pomeroy lived from 1859 to 1932, but had he been alive during Gacy’s time, he could have definitely become one of his victims.