David Carpenter (David Joseph Carpenter) an American serial killer known as The Trailside Killer. Carpenter murdered women hikers on San Francisco-area hiking trails between 1979 and 1981. He would stalk, rape and kill hikers by shooting the victims in state parks near San Francisco, California. He was convicted of an attempted murder in 1960. In 1970, Carpenter was convicted for kidnapping. After his release, he was a suspect in the Zodiac murders, although he was eventually cleared. In 1984, Carpenter was sentenced to death, he received a second death sentence in 1988. David Carpenter remains on death row at the San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.
Serial Killer David Carpenter (aka) The Trailside Killer, was active for 3 years between 1979-1981, known to have ( 7 confirmed / 11 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
David Carpenter was born on May 6th 1930 in San Francisco, California, US. He was raised by both parents. His father abused alcohol and/or drugs. He had a speach defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on. David Carpenter was physically abused at some point of his life.
Carpenter a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, David Carpenter had an IQ of 125. Carpenter married. He had 3 children.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He saw a psychologist.
In 1979 (Age 48/49) David Carpenter started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to stalk, rape, and murder his victims. David Carpenter used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife in San Francisco, California, US, where Carpenter was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on May 14th 1981 (Age 51), convicted on May 10th 1988 (Age 58), sentenced to death by gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison, San Francisco, California, US. Carpenter was convicted on charges of murder, robbery and other possible charges during his lifetime.
David Carpenter has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Stalking means following someone secretly to watch them. Serial Killer Stalkers stalk victims prior to killing them.
|Nickname:||The Trailside Killer|
|Victims:||7 - 11|
|Years Active:||1979 - 1981|
|Ages Active:||48/49 - 50/51|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Convicted Of:||murder, robbery|
|Life Span:||1930 -|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♉ Taurus |
Apr 20 - May 21
|Living With:||his wife in San Francisco, California, US|
|D.O.B.:||May 6, 1930|
|Birth Location:||San Francisco, California, US|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Arrested:||May 14, 1981 (Age 51)|
|Convicted:||May 10, 1988 (Age 58)|
|Sentence:||death by gas chamber|
|Prison Location:||San Quentin State Prison, San Francisco, California, US|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
The 13 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer David Carpenter. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|May 06 1930||David Carpenter was born in San Francisco, California, US. #19300506|
|May 06 1950|
|May 06 1960|
|May 06 1970|
|David Carpenter started his serial killing spree. #1979|
|May 06 1980|
|David Carpenter ended his serial killing spree. #1981|
|May 14 1981|
|David Carpenter arrested. #19810514|
|May 10 1988|
|David Carpenter was convictedand sentenced to death by gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison, San Francisco, California, US. #19880510|
|May 06 1990|
|May 06 2000|
|May 06 2010|
|May 06 2020|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as David Carpenter (1979-1981).
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|father drug abuse||TRUE||192|
|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|teased in school||TRUE||218|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
David Joseph Carpenter (born May 6, 1930), a.k.a. the Trailside Killer, is an American serial killer known for stalking and murdering several people on hiking trails in state parks near San Francisco, California. Carpenter killed at least ten people, with one attempted victim, Steven Haertle, surviving.
David Carpenter is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database