Micajah Harpe

Big Harpe, Harpe Brothers

  Active for 3 years
(1797-1799) in United States




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Micajah Harpe Micajah "Big" Harpe, born Joshua Harper, and his brother Wiley Harpe were murderers, highwaymen, and river pirates who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Mississippi in the late 18th century. They are often considered the earliest documented serial killers in the United States. They are believed to have killed 39, and possibly as many as 50. In August 1799 Micajah was decapitated in a revenge killing.

Micajah Harpe Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Micajah Harpe (aka) Big Harpe, Harpe Brothers, was active for 3 years between 1797-1799, known to have ( 39 confirmed / 50 possible ) victims. This serial killer was active in the following countries: United States

In 1797 Micajah Harpe started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to murder his victims.

Profile Completeness: 37%
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Micajah Harpe has been listed on Killer.Cloud since August of 2018 and was last updated 5 years ago.

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Updated: 2018-09-17 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Micajah Harpe
Nickname: Big Harpe, Harpe Brothers
Victims: 39 - 50
Years Active: 1797 - 1799
Active Countries: United States
Gender: Male
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2 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Micajah Harpe

The 2 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Micajah Harpe. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Micajah Harpe started his serial killing spree. #1797
Micajah Harpe ended his serial killing spree. #1799
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Books that Mention Micajah Harpe

Book: Fatal Vision (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Joe McGinniss
Fatal Vision
Book: The Door That Faced West (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Alan M. Clark
The Door That Faced West
Book: Born Wolf... Die Wolf (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
E. Don Harpe
Born Wolf... Die Wolf
Book: Midwest Maniacs (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Tom Baker
Midwest Maniacs
Book: A WILDERNESS of TIGERS (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Book: Introduction to Criminology (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Pamela J. Schram
Introduction to Criminology
Book: Serial Killer Quarterly Vol. 1, Chr... (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Lee Mellor
Serial Killer Quarterly Vol. 1, Christmas Iss...
Book: Resurrection: Rebirth of the Terrib... (mentions serial killer Micajah Harpe)
Ernest Harp
Resurrection: Rebirth of the Terrible Harpes

8 Books that mention Serial Killer
Micajah Harpe

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1101608633 Fatal Vision 5
0998846678 The Door That Faced West 1
1424126681 Born Wolf... Die Wolf 2
0764339427 Midwest Maniacs 1
146345869x A WILDERNESS of TIGERS 2
1506347576 Introduction to Criminolo... 1
0993823246 Serial Killer Quarterly V... 3
1424135427 Resurrection: Rebirth of... 1
External References
  1. Harpe brothers on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
Internal References

Micajah Harpe is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #4 of 327[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  2. #21 of 651[ Page 2 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #242 of 651[ Page 17 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  4. #363 of 651[ Page 25 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  5. #521 of 651[ Page 35 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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