David Carpenter (serial killer)

David Carpenter (serial killer)

Infobox Serial Killer
name=David Carpenter

birth=May 6, 1930

David Carpenter (born May 6, 1930) also known as the Trailside Killer [Schechter p.102] , is an American serial killer known for stalking and murdering women on hiking trails near San Francisco, California. [cite book | author= Clifford L. Linedecker | title = Smooth Operator: The True Story of Seductive Serial Killer Glen Rogers | publisher = St. Martin's Paperbacks | location = New York | pages = intr. "at" xi | date = 1997 | id = ISBN 0-312-96400-5]

Early life

Born and raised in San Francisco, Carpenter was physically abused as a child and exhibited antisocial behavior, including child molestation and animal cruelty, early on.

He married in 1955.


Carpenter committed his first documented murder in 1960, for which he spent seven years in prison. In 1970, he was arrested for kidnapping, and spent a further seven years behind bars. After his release, he was a suspect in the notorious Zodiac murders, although he was eventually cleared.

From 1979-1981, he raped and murdered five women. He was eventually arrested and found guilty of the murders, for which he was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. He remains on death row. [ [http://www.geocities.com/verbal_plainfield/a-h/carpenter.html David Carpenter; Serial Killers A-Z ] ]



*Schechter, Harold: The Serial Killer files (2007)

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