Joe Ball

The Alligator Man, Butcher of Elmendor, Bluebeard of South Texas

  Active for 3 years
(1936-1938) in United States

2

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

20

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  10. 7 Timeline Events
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  13. 10 Books About Joe Ball
  14. 5 External References
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Joe Ball (Joseph Douglas Ball) an American serial killer sometimes referred to as The Alligator Man, Butcher of Elmendor, Bluebeard of South Texas. He is known to have killed two and is said to have killed as many as twenty women in the 1930s.

Joe Ball Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Joe Ball (aka) The Alligator Man, Butcher of Elmendor, Bluebeard of South Texas, was active for 3 years between 1936-1938, known to have ( 2 confirmed / 20 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Joe Ball was born on January 7th 1896 in Texas, state of the United States of America.

Ball a male citizen of the United States of America.

In 1936 (Age 39/40) Joe Ball started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to murder his victims.

He was arrested on September 24th 1938 (Age 42), sentenced to never sentence committed suicide prior to arrest at a saloon called the Sociable Inn, owned by Ball, in Elmendorf, Texas.

Joe Ball died on September 24th 1938 (Age 42), cause of death: suicide, committed suicide by shooting himself while surrounded by police at a saloon called the Sociable Inn, owned by Ball, in Elmendorf, Texas.

Profile Completeness: 35%
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Joe Ball has been listed on Killer.Cloud since August of 2018 and was last updated 3 months ago.

Joe Ball a known:

Joe Ball
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Updated: 2019-05-22 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Joe Ball
Nickname: The Alligator Man, Butcher of Elmendor, Bluebeard of South Texas
Victims: 2 - 20
Years Active: 1936 - 1938
Ages Active: 39/40 - 41/42
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1896 - 1938
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: N/A
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Dec 22 - Jan 20
Birth Month: January
Marital Status: N/A
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jan 7, 1896
Family Name: Ball
Given Name: Joe
Birth Location: Texas, state of the United States of America
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Rasied By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: Sep 24, 1938 (Age 42)
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: never sentence committed suicide prior to arrest
Prison Location: a saloon called the Sociable Inn, owned by Ball, in Elmendorf, Texas
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Sep 24, 1938 (Age 42)
Manner of Death: suicide
Cause of Death: committed suicide by shooting himself while surrounded by police
Death Location: a saloon called the Sociable Inn, owned by Ball, in Elmendorf, Texas
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
7 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Joe Ball

The 7 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Joe Ball. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jan 07 1896Joe Ball was born in Texas, state of the United States of America.  #18960107
Jan 07 1916
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Jan 07 1926
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1936
(Age 39/40)
Joe Ball started his serial killing spree. #1936
Jan 07 1936
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
1938
(Age 41/42)
Joe Ball ended his serial killing spree. #1938
Sep 24 1938
(Age 42)
Joe Ball arrested. #19380924
Sep 24 1938
(Age 42)
Joe Ball died. cause of death: suicide, committed suicide by shooting himself while surrounded by police at a saloon called the Sociable Inn, owned by Ball, in Elmendorf, Texas. #19380924
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Books that Mention Joe Ball

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John Grisham
Calico Joe
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W. P. Kinsella
Shoeless Joe
Book: The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (mentions serial killer Joe Ball)
Michael Newton
The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
Book: Betaball (mentions serial killer Joe Ball)
Erik Malinowski
Betaball
Book: Cancer-free (mentions serial killer Joe Ball)
Bill Henderson
Cancer-free
Book: Play Ball, Jackie! (mentions serial killer Joe Ball)
Stephen Krensky
Play Ball, Jackie!
Book: Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball (mentions serial killer Joe Ball)
Joe Bageant
Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball
Book: Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball (mentions serial killer Joe Ball)
Terry Pluto
Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball

10 Books that mention Serial Killer
Joe Ball

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
0385536089 Calico Joe 1
0395957737 Shoeless Joe 1
0816061955 The Encyclopedia of Seria... 7
1501158198 Betaball 1
1601451830 Cancer-free 1
0822590301 Play Ball, Jackie! 1
1921942339 Waltzing at the Doomsday... 1
1598510940 Joe Tait: It's Been a Rea... 1
1907732500 A Book for Me 1
0816069875 The Encyclopedia of Seria... 108

Joseph D. Ball (January 7, 1896 – September 24, 1938) was an American serial killer, sometimes referred to as "The Alligator Man", the "Butcher of Elmendorf" and the "Bluebeard of South Texas". He is known to have killed two and is said to have killed as many as 20 women in the 1930s. His existence was long believed to be apocryphal, but he is a familiar figure in Texas folklore.

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External References
  1. Joe Ball on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Joseph D. BALL on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Ball, Joseph D. on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Joe Ball on criminalia.es, Retrieved on May 22, 2019.
  5. Q962454 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on May 22, 2019.
Internal References

Joe Ball is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #19 of 649 [ Page 2 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  2. #54 of 55 [ Page 4 ] of Capricorn Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #56 of 57 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in January
  4. #314 of 326 [ Page 21 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #359 of 649 [ Page 24 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  6. #529 of 649 [ Page 36 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  7. #626 of 649 [ Page 42 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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