Edward Wayne Edwards was born in Akron, Ohio in 1933. When he was five his mother died, and in 1940 he was sent to an orphanage where he was severely abused. Incredibly, just before his 12th birthday, he committed his first murder, the start of a life of murder, arson, armed robbery, burglary and other crimes.
After being dishonorably discharged from the marines, he spent three years in Deer Lodge prison, Montana from 1956 to 1959. In 1961 he was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives list. He was arrested on January 20, 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary from 1962 to 1967.
Soon after being released, he married for the third time, and committed many further murders of men, women and children, despite claiming to have reformed. From 1982 to 1986 he was in Pennsylvania prison for arson. Even after his 75th birthday in 2008, he was still committing murders.
In July 2009, aged 77, he was finally arrested, and convicted of murder. He died in prison in 2011.
He not only committed dozens of heinous murders, he also framed or attempted to frame others for the murders he committed. He also left a trail of clues apparently intended to allow all his murders to be connected to him once he was recognised as a serial killer.
More than 20 people are thought to have been wrongly convicted for crimes Edwards committed.
Any reasonable person will doubt the truth of these extraordinary claims, but once you have read and understood the totality of the evidence, you should agree that Edwards was the most prolific known serial killer in U.S. history.
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“I would plan every crime patiently, deliberately and cold-bloodedly. The world must be made to realise how smart I was.” — Edward Wayne Edwards in his autobiography “Metamorphosis of a criminal“, 1972