Clifford Olson

The Beast of British Columbia

  Active for 2 years
(1980-1981) in Canada




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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 11 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 14 Books About Clifford Olson
  14. 5 External References
  15. Internal References

Clifford Olson (Clifford Robert Olson, Jr.) a Canadian serial killer known as The Beast of British Columbia. Olson confessed to the rape and murder of eleven children and young adults between the ages of 9 and 18 in the early 1980s. Olson was considered a dangerous offender, and the sentencing judge recommended Olson never be released from prison. He had three parole applications, all were rejected. Clifford Olson died of cancer on September 30th 2011 while still in custody.

Clifford Olson Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Clifford Olson (aka) The Beast of British Columbia, was active for 2 years between 1980-1981, known to have ( 11 confirmed / 11 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Canada

Clifford Olson was born on January 1st 1940 in Vancouver, largest city in British Columbia, Canada. His father, Clifford Olson Sr..

Olson a pedophile male citizen of Canada. Olson married Joan Olson. He had one son, Clifford Olson III.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail.

In 1980 (Age 40/40) Clifford Olson started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and child, where Olson was known to work as a criminal, serial killer.

He was arrested on August 12th 1981 (Age 41), convicted on January 14th 1982 (Age 42), sentenced to life imprisonment at Kingston Penitentiary, Archambault Institution, a prison in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Québec. Olson was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Clifford Olson died on September 30th 2011 (Age 71), cause of death: natural causes, terminal cancer at a hospital in Laval, city & region in Québec, Canada.

Profile Completeness: 79%
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Clifford Olson has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Clifford Olson a known:

Clifford Olson
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Clifford Olson
Nickname: The Beast of British Columbia
Victims: 11 - 11
Years Active: 1980 - 1981
Ages Active: 40/40 - 41/41
Active Countries: Canada
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1940 - 2011
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Canada
Sexual Preference: pedophile
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Dec 22 - Jan 20
Birth Month: January
Marital Status: married Joan Olson
Children: one son, Clifford Olson III
Living With: his wife and child
Occupation: criminal, serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jan 1, 1940
Family Name: Olson
Given Name: Robert
Birth Location: Vancouver, largest city in British Columbia, Canada
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: Clifford Olson Sr.

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: Aug 12, 1981 (Age 41)
Convicted: Jan 14, 1982 (Age 42)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: Kingston Penitentiary, Archambault Institution, a prison in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Québec
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Sep 30, 2011 (Age 71)
Manner of Death: natural causes
Cause of Death: terminal cancer
Death Location: a hospital in Laval, city & region in Québec, Canada
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Clifford Olson

The 11 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Clifford Olson. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jan 01 1940Clifford Olson was born in Vancouver, largest city in British Columbia, Canada.  #19400101
Jan 01 1960
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Jan 01 1970
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Jan 01 1980
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
(Age 40/41)
Clifford Olson started his serial killing spree. #1980
(Age 41/42)
Clifford Olson ended his serial killing spree. #1981
Aug 12 1981
(Age 41)
Clifford Olson arrested. #19810812
Jan 14 1982
(Age 42)
Clifford Olson was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment at Kingston Penitentiary, Archambault Institution, a prison in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Québec.  #19820114
Jan 01 1990
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Jan 01 2000
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Jan 01 2010
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
Sep 30 2011
(Age 71)
Clifford Olsondied.cause of death:natural causes,terminal cancerat a hospital in Laval, city & region in Québec, Canada. #20110930

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Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
living with children TRUE 268
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
used weapon TRUE 453
rape TRUE 453
strangle TRUE 443
suicide FALSE 225
killed in prison FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
kill at killers home FALSE 320
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
sex with body FALSE 430
mutilated FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention Clifford Olson

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: The Anatomy Of Motive (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
John E. Douglas
The Anatomy Of Motive
Book: Wanted Undead Or Alive (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Jonathan Maberry
Wanted Undead Or Alive
Book: Cold North Killers (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Lee Mellor
Cold North Killers
Book: Clifford Olson (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Elizabeth Broderick
Clifford Olson
Book: Murderous Minds on Trial (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Stanley Semrau
Murderous Minds on Trial
Book: Rock, Scissors, Paper (mentions serial killer Clifford Olson)
Richard Stevenson
Rock, Scissors, Paper

14 Books that mention Serial Killer
Clifford Olson

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0684857790 The Anatomy Of Motive 1
0806528214 Wanted Undead Or Alive 4
1459701240 Cold North Killers 12
1523718471 Clifford Olson 2
1550023616 Murderous Minds on Trial 1
1539874273 Rock, Scissors, Paper 1
1895811929 Where Shadows Linger 1
1420048783 Geographic Profiling 4
1897435371 In the Mind of a Mountie 2
1591404541 Geographic Information Sy... 1
1355717663 The Measurement of Nervou... 1
0521019494 Photoemission Studies of... 1

Clifford Robert Olson Jr. (January 1, 1940 – September 30, 2011) was a convicted Canadian serial killer who confessed to murdering 11 children and young adults between the ages of 9 and 18 years in the early 1980s. Olson scored 38/40 on the Psychopathy Checklist.

External References
  1. Clifford Olson on, Retrieved on Sep 26, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Clifford Robert OLSON on, Retrieved on Sep 26, 2018.
  3. Michael Kondor, Kathleen Lamir, Clifford Robert Olson, Jr. on, Retrieved on Sep 26, 2018.
  4. Q1101336 on, Retrieved on Oct 19, 2018.
  5. Clifford Olsen on, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

Clifford Olson is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #1 of 18[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Canada
  2. #17 of 56[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in January
  3. #19 of 55[ Page 2 ] of Capricorn Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #62 of 250[ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #82 of 307[ Page 6 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #155 of 651[ Page 11 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #237 of 651[ Page 16 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  8. #440 of 651[ Page 30 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  9. #510 of 651[ Page 34 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
Serial Killers Statistics, charts Clifford Olson is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Sexual Preference, Mannor of Death, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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