Charles Schmid

The Pied Piper of Tucson

  Active for 2 years
(1964-1965) in United States

3

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

3

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

Charles Schmid (Charles Howard Schmid Jr.) an American serial killer known as The Pied Piper of Tucson. Schmid murdered three teenage girls in 1964 and 1965 burying their bodies in the desert. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in 1966, commuted to fifty years in prison in 1971. In 1975, Schmid was stabbed by two fellow prisoners at Arizona State Prison, the attack lost Schmid an eye and a kidney. He died on March 30th 1975 at Maricopa County Hospital as a result of wounds suffered in the prison attack.

Charles Schmid Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Charles Schmid (aka) The Pied Piper of Tucson, was active for 2 years between 1964-1965, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Charles Schmid was born on July 8th 1942 in Tucson, county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States. He was raised by adoptive parents Charles and Katharine Schmid. Schmid was raised as a only child and had no siblings. His father, unknown to Charles. His mother, unnamed, gave Charles up for adoption at birth. He had a head injury or brain defect.

Schmid completed 11 years of school, no degree received. Schmid married 15 year old Diane Lynch in 1965, Charles (Age 23), divorced, Charles (Age 24). He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail. He was known to abuse alcohol.

In 1964 (Age 21/22) Charles Schmid started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife, later alone in Tucson, Arizona, where Schmid was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on November 10th 1965 (Age 23), convicted on March 1st 1966 (Age 23), sentenced to death at Arisona State Prison near Florence, Arisona, US. Schmid was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Charles Schmid died on March 30th 1975 (Age 32), cause of death: capital punishment, multiple stab wounds suffered from an attack by two fellow inmates at Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, US.

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Charles Schmid has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 years ago.

Charles Schmid a known:

Charles Schmid
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Charles Schmid
Nickname: The Pied Piper of Tucson
Victims: 3 - 3
Years Active: 1964 - 1965
Ages Active: 21/22 - 22/23
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1942 - 1975
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Jun 21 - Jul 23
Birth Month: July
Marital Status: married 15 year old Diane Lynch in 1965, Charles (Age 23), divorced, Charles (Age 24)
Children: no children
Living With: his wife, later alone in Tucson, Arizona
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jul 8, 1942
Family Name: Schmid
Given Name: Charles
Birth Location: Tucson, county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States
Birth Order: 1st of 1
Siblings: no siblings
Raised By: adoptive parents Charles and Katharine Schmid
Birth Category: only child
Mother: unnamed, gave Charles up for adoption at birth
Father: unknown to Charles

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 11 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Nov 10, 1965 (Age 23)
Convicted: Mar 1, 1966 (Age 23)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: Arisona State Prison near Florence, Arisona, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: Mar 30, 1975 (Age 32)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: multiple stab wounds suffered from an attack by two fellow inmates
Death Location: Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, US
Killed In Prison: TRUE
Suicide: FALSE
8 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Charles Schmid

The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Charles Schmid. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jul 08 1942Charles Schmid was born in Tucson, county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States.  #19420708
Jul 08 1962
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1964
(Age 21/22)
Charles Schmid started his serial killing spree. #1964
1965
(Age 22/23)
Charles Schmid ended his serial killing spree. #1965
Nov 10 1965
(Age 23)
Charles Schmid arrested. #19651110
Mar 01 1966
(Age 23)
Charles Schmid was convictedand sentenced to death at Arisona State Prison near Florence, Arisona, US.  #19660301
Jul 08 1972
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Mar 30 1975
(Age 32)
Charles Schmiddied.cause of death:capital punishment,multiple stab wounds suffered from an attack by two fellow inmatesat Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, US. #19750330

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ANSWERED
Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
killed in prison TRUE 218
head injury TRUE 299
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
kill at killers home TRUE 320
used weapon TRUE 453
rape TRUE 453
bound TRUE 406
strangle TRUE 443
living with children FALSE 268
suicide FALSE 225
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
xyy FALSE 81
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous prision FALSE 336
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
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


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1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
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0813521343 "Where are You Going, whe... 1
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Charles Howard 'Smitty' Schmid, Jr. (July 8, 1942 – March 30, 1975), also known as "The Pied Piper of Tucson," was an American serial killer. His crimes were profiled by journalist Don Moser in his article "The Pied Piper of Tucson", featured in the March 4, 1966 issue of Life magazine and are the basis for "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", a short story by Joyce Carol Oates.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Q5082387 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  2. Charles Schmid on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Charles Howard SCHMID Jr. on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  4. Jaclyn Mullins, Shayna Brown, Charles Howard Schmid, Jr. on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  5. Charles Schmidt on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

Charles Schmid is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #22 of 651[ Page 2 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  2. #24 of 34[ Page 2 ] of Cancer Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #30 of 41[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in July
  4. #221 of 250[ Page 15 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #274 of 307[ Page 19 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #279 of 327[ Page 19 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  7. #444 of 651[ Page 30 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  8. #527 of 651[ Page 36 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  9. #570 of 651[ Page 38 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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