Randy Steven Kraft

The Freeway Killer, The Scorecard Killer

  Active for 13 years
(1971-1983) in United States

16

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

67

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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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. 16 Books About Randy Steven Kraft
  14. 6 External References
  15. Internal References

Randy Steven Kraft an American serial killer known as The Freeway Killer, The Scorecard Killer and the Southern California Strangler. Kraft murdered a minimum of sixteen young men between 1972 and 1983, the majority of which had been committed in California. Kraft is also believed to have committed the rape and murder of up to fifty-one other boys and young men. He left a cryptic list of sixty-five murders and may have had an accomplice. William Bonin and Patrick Wayne Kearney also share the nickname the Freeway Killer. Randy Steven Kraft was convicted of the sixteen counts of murder and sentenced to death in 1989.

Randy Steven Kraft Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Randy Steven Kraft (aka) The Freeway Killer, The Scorecard Killer, was active for 13 years between 1971-1983, known to have ( 16 confirmed / 67 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Randy Steven Kraft was born on March 19th 1945 in Long Beach, California, US. He was born 4th of 4 children and raised by both parents. Kraft was raised as a youngest child and had three older sisters. His father, Harold Herbert Kraft, a production worker. His mother, Opal Lee Kraft, a sewing machine operator.

Kraft a homosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Randy Steven Kraft had an IQ of 129. Kraft completed 16 years of school, received a college degree. Kraft gained part of his education while attending Claremont McKenna College, Westminster High School. Kraft never married. He had no children.

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

In 1971 (Age 25/26) Randy Steven Kraft started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. Randy Steven Kraft used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. Randy Steven Kraft used a blindfold or simiar method of covering the victim's eyes. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime.

He was arrested on May 14th 1983 (Age 38), convicted on May 11th 1989 (Age 44), sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California, US. Kraft was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 76%
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Randy Steven Kraft has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 9 months ago.

Randy Steven Kraft a known:

Randy Steven Kraft
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-01-26 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Randy Steven Kraft
Nickname: The Freeway Killer, The Scorecard Killer
Victims: 16 - 67
Years Active: 1971 - 1983
Ages Active: 25/26 - 37/38
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1945 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: Homosexual
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Feb 18 - Mar 20
Birth Month: March
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: N/A
Occupation: murderer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Mar 19, 1945
Family Name: Kraft
Given Name: Randy
Birth Location: Long Beach, California, US
Birth Order: 4th of 4
Siblings: three older sisters
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: youngest child
Mother: Opal Lee Kraft, a sewing machine operator
Father: Harold Herbert Kraft, a production worker

Cognitive Ability
IQ: 129
Highest School: 16 years of school
Highest Degree: college degree
Educated At: Claremont McKenna College, Westminster High School

Incarceration
Arrested: May 14, 1983 (Age 38)
Convicted: May 11, 1989 (Age 44)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Randy Steven Kraft

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

Date Event Description
Mar 19 1945Randy Steven Kraft was born in Long Beach, California, US.  #19450319
Mar 19 1965
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1971
(Age 25/26)
Randy Steven Kraft started his serial killing spree. #1971
Mar 19 1975
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1983
(Age 37/38)
Randy Steven Kraft ended his serial killing spree. #1983
May 14 1983
(Age 38)
Randy Steven Kraft arrested. #19830514
Mar 19 1985
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
May 11 1989
(Age 44)
Randy Steven Kraft was convicted and sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California, US.  #19890511
Mar 19 1995
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Mar 19 2005
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Mar 19 2015
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
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ANSWERED
Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
previous crimes TRUE 363
previous jail TRUE 347
used weapon TRUE 448
used gun TRUE 447
rape TRUE 447
torture TRUE 421
blindfold TRUE 359
bound TRUE 401
strangle TRUE 437
mutilated TRUE 440
totem personal item TRUE 350
previous prision FALSE 332
kill at killers home FALSE 315
kill at victims home FALSE 318
stalk FALSE 413
sex with body FALSE 426
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
robbed FALSE 414


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16 Books that mention Serial Killer
Randy Steven Kraft

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1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0802196381 Manson in His Own Words 1
1439199027 The Serial Killer Whisper... 1
1439199043 The Serial Killer Whisper... 7
0446562483 Angel of Darkness 4
1843586983 The World's Most Bizarre... 4
145558603x In the Best of Families 1
1782193650 The Evil Within - A Top M... 14
1548976040 The Scorecard Killer 1
146687483x Death of a Model 2
1135251878 Encyclopedia of Social Wo... 1
1522841660 America's 13 Worst Serial... 3
081084625x Homicide Investigation 2
1315352982 Homicide 5
1438119143 The Encyclopedia of Unsol... 28

Randy Steven Kraft (born March 19, 1945) is an American serial killer known as the Scorecard Killer, the Southern California Strangler and the Freeway Killer who murdered a minimum of 16 young men between 1972 and 1983, the majority of which had been committed in California. Kraft is also believed to have committed the rape and murder of up to 51 other boys and young men.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Randy Kraft on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Randy Kraft on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Jillian Sessoms, Heather Hash, Randy Kraft on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Freeway Killer on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  5. Q1368838 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  6. Randy Kraft on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
Internal References

Randy Steven Kraft is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #6 of 38 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in March
  2. #7 of 40 [ Page 1 ] of Pisces Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #14 of 88 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #17 of 72 [ Page 2 ] of serial killers sorted by IQ Level
  5. #26 of 326 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #35 of 249 [ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #51 of 305 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #91 of 649 [ Page 7 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #125 of 649 [ Page 9 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #266 of 649 [ Page 18 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  11. #331 of 649 [ Page 23 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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