It’s April 2020. The whole of Britain is on orders to stay at home because of the coronavirus. There’s no sport on TV and nothing to do. Surely it’s the perfect time for a serial killer quiz. All the questions are related to TV or films.

Five points for a right answer. One for the bonus.

Email your answers to totalcrime70@gmail.com

Q1: Former Dr Who actor David Tennant is due to play this Scottish-born serial killer in a drama on ITV later this year. Between 1978 and 1983 he killed and dismembered 15 men at his flats in Cricklewood and Muswell Hill, north London, flushing the remains down the drain. He was jailed for life and given a whole life tariff.


What was his name? And where did he work?


Q2: Charlize Theron played her in a 2003 movie. This Florida sex worker who killed seven men between 1989 and 1990. She shot them and claimed they were all in self-defence after they tried to rape her. Her lesbian lover Tyria Moore gave evidence against her in return for immunity from prosecution. She was executed by lethal injection in 2002.


What was her name? And what was the name of the movie?

Q3: Max von Sydow (who died earlier this year) played a psychiatrist in a 1995 TV movie based on this serial killer. Between 1978 and 1990 he attacked 53 young girls and men in the Soviet Union. He was executed in Feb 1994.


What was his name? And what was the name of the film?


Q4: Hollywood star Tony Curtis played this infamous US serial killer in a 1968 film. Over a 20 month period between 1962 and 1964 he murdered 13 women aged between 19 and 85. He was sent to prison for an unrelated series of attacks and was stabbed to death in jail in 1973 without ever being convicted of the murders.


What was his name? And what was the name of the film?

Q5: He has been played on screen by actors Gregory Diaz and Lou Diamond Phillips. Between April 1984 and August 1985 he killed 13 people in various horrific ways in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. After being sentenced to death he famous said: “Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.” He died in prison in 2013.


What was his name? And how was he dubbed by the press?


Q6: Richard Attenborough played this infamous British serial killer in a 1971 film. Between 1943 and 1953 this former policeman killed at least eight women and hid them behind the walls in his west London home.

What was his name and what was the name of the film?



Q7: Jake Gyllenhaal played true crime author Robert Graysmith in a 2007 film about this infamous California serial killer, who committed a number of murders in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He sent a series of letters, filled with ciphers. He has never been caught or identified.


What was the killer known as? And how many people did he claim to have killed in his final letter?

Q8: In 2019 Zac Effron played this infamous US serial killer in a Netflix film. Between 1974 and 1978 he killed around 30 teenage girls and young women in the states of Washington, Utah, Colorado and Florida. He was executed in 1989.


What was his name? And what type of car did he drive?


Q9: Dominic West played this Herefordshire-born serial killer in a TV drama on ITV in 2011. He and his wife killed 12 women and young girls in Gloucester between 1968 and 1987. He hanged himself in Winson Green jail while on remand on New Year’s Day 1995. She was jailed for life in November 1995 and will never be allowed out.


What was his name? And for a bonus point – what was his favourite snack?

Q10 – Bong-Joon Ho, who directed Oscar-winning Parasite, made a 2003 film which is loosely based on the infamous crimes of this serial killer. Between 1986 and 1991 he raped and murdered 15 women and girls in Hwaseong, South Korea. Convicted of raping and murdering his sister-in-law in 1994, he later confessed to the crimes and was linked by DNA but could not be tried because of the statute of limitations.


What was the name of the film? And what was the killer’s name?


  1. Many thanks to Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester for their hard work in researching and writing “A Special Kind of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings.” The Colonial Parkway Murders families very much appreciate your support. For our friends in the FBI, National Park Service and the Virginia State Police, it is your move.

    Bill Thomas
    Brother of Cathy Thomas
    Los Angeles, CA

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