Robert Berdella

The Kansas City Butcher, The Collector

  Active for 4 years
(1984-1987) in United States

6

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

6

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  10. 9 Timeline Events
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Robert Berdella (Robert Andrew Berdella Jr.) an American serial killer known as The Kansas City Butcher and The Collector. Berdella abducted, raped tortured and murdered at least six men between 1984 and 1987. He would hold victims captive for periods of up to six weeks. Berdella dissected his victims' bodies and dispose of the body parts in garbage bags. His last victims escaped and alerted the police. Berdella was found guilty of six murders in 1988 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He died of a heart attack while incarcerated at the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1992.

Robert Berdella Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Robert Berdella (aka) The Kansas City Butcher, The Collector, was active for 4 years between 1984-1987, known to have ( 6 confirmed / 6 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Robert Berdella was born on January 31st 1949 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, US. He was born 1st of 2 children and raised by both parents until (Age 16), his mother and step-father until adulthood. He was raised as a oldest child and had one younger brother, Daniel Berdella. His father, Robert Berdella Sr., a dye setter for the Ford Motor Company. Robert's father died of a sudden heart attack in 1965, Robert (Age 16). His mother, Mary Berdella, a homemaker.

Robert Berdella a homosexual male citizen of the United States of America, with religious ties and/or beliefs connected with the atheism religion, organization or belief system. He completed 15 years of school, attended some college, no degree received. He gained part of his education while attending Kansas City Art Institute. He never married. He had no children.

In 1984 (Age 34/35) Robert Berdella started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, rape, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone, he would occasionally take on roommates for brief periods of time, where he was known to work as a serial killer, chef, rapist.

He was arrested on April 2nd 1988 (Age 39), convicted on December 19th 1988 (Age 39), sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, US. He was convicted on charges of torture, murder, rape, kidnapping and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Robert Berdella died on October 8th 1992 (Age 43), cause of death: natural causes, heart attack, myocardial infarction at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, US.

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Robert Berdella has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 months ago.

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Robert Berdella
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Updated: 2019-05-13 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Robert Berdella
Nickname: The Kansas City Butcher, The Collector
Victims: 6 - 6
Years Active: 1984 - 1987
Ages Active: 34/35 - 37/38
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: torture, murder, rape, kidnapping
Life Span: 1949 - 1992
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: homosexual
Religious Affiliation: atheism
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Jan 20 - Feb 18
Birth Month: January
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: himself, alone, he would occasionally take on roommates for brief periods of time
Occupation: serial killer, chef, rapist
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jan 31, 1949
Given Name: Robert
Birth Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, US
Birth Order: 1st of 2
Siblings: one younger brother, Daniel Berdella
Rasied By: both parents until (Age 16), his mother and step-father until adulthood
Birth Category: oldest child
Mother: Mary Berdella, a homemaker
Father: Robert Berdella Sr., a dye setter for the Ford Motor Company. Robert's father died of a sudden heart attack in 1965, Robert (Age 16)

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 15 years of school
Highest Degree: some college, no degree
Educated At: Kansas City Art Institute

Incarceration
Arrested: Apr 2, 1988 (Age 39)
Convicted: Dec 19, 1988 (Age 39)
Sentence: life imprisonment without the possibility of parole
Prison Location: the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Oct 8, 1992 (Age 43)
Manner of Death: natural causes
Cause of Death: heart attack, myocardial infarction
Death Location: the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, US
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
9 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Robert Berdella

The 9 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Robert Berdella. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jan 31 1949Robert Berdella was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, US.  #19490131
Jan 31 1969
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Jan 31 1979
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1984
(Age 34/35)
Robert Berdella started his serial killing spree. #1984
1987
(Age 37/38)
Robert Berdella ended his serial killing spree. #1987
Apr 02 1988
(Age 39)
Robert Berdella arrested. #19880402
Dec 19 1988
(Age 39)
Robert Berdella was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, US.  #19881219
Jan 31 1989
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Oct 08 1992
(Age 43)
Robert Berdella died. cause of death: natural causes, heart attack, myocardial infarction at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, US. #19921008
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Robert Andrew Berdella Jr. (January 31, 1949 – October 8, 1992) was an American serial killer, known as The Kansas City Butcher and The Collector, who kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered at least six men between 1984 and 1987 in Kansas City, Missouri after having forced his victims to endure periods of up to six weeks of captivity.

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External References
  1. Robert Berdella on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Robert A. BERDELLA on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Berdella, Robert Andrew on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Ryan Fisher, Ashley Aust, Robert Berdella on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  5. Q1329737 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Dec 20, 2018.
  6. Robert Berdella on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
  7. Robert Berdella on criminalia.es, Retrieved on May 22, 2019.
Internal References

Robert Berdella is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #20 of 42 [ Page 2 ] of Aquarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #28 of 57 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in January
  3. #30 of 649 [ Page 2 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  4. #51 of 88 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #152 of 326 [ Page 11 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #168 of 305 [ Page 12 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #323 of 649 [ Page 22 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  8. #324 of 649 [ Page 22 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #386 of 649 [ Page 26 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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