Ray Copeland

The Copeland Killings

  Active for 4 years
(1986-1989) in United States

5

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

12

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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Ray Copeland an American serial killer who with his wife Faye Copeland became the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States. They were convicted of killing five drifters at their farm in Mooresville, Missouri.

Ray Copeland Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Ray Copeland (aka) The Copeland Killings, was active for 4 years between 1986-1989, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 12 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Ray Copeland was born on December 30th 1914 in Norfolk, independent city in Virginia, United States.

Copeland a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. Copeland married.

In 1986 (Age 71/72) Ray Copeland started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with her husband in Missouri, US, where Copeland was known to work as a trumpeter, music pedagogue, jazz musician, university teacher.

He was arrested on October 17th 1989 (Age 74)

Ray Copeland died on October 19th 1993 (Age 78) at Massachusetts, state of the United States of America.

Profile Completeness: 45%
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Ray Copeland has been listed on Killer.Cloud since September of 2018 and was last updated 1 year ago.

Ray Copeland a known:

Ray Copeland
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Updated: 2018-10-17 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Ray Copeland
Nickname: The Copeland Killings
Victims: 5 - 12
Years Active: 1986 - 1989
Ages Active: 71/72 - 74/75
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1914 - 1993
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Dec 22 - Jan 20
Birth Month: December
Marital Status: married
Children: N/A
Living With: her husband in Missouri, US
Occupation: trumpeter, music pedagogue, jazz musician, university teacher
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Dec 30, 1914
Family Name: Copeland
Given Name: Ray
Birth Location: Norfolk, independent city in Virginia, United States
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised 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: Oct 17, 1989 (Age 74)
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: N/A
Prison Location: N/A
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Oct 19, 1993 (Age 78)
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: Massachusetts, state of the United States of America
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Ray Copeland

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

Date Event Description
Dec 30 1914Ray Copeland was born in Norfolk, independent city in Virginia, United States.  #19141230
Dec 30 1934
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Dec 30 1944
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Dec 30 1954
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Dec 30 1964
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Dec 30 1974
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Dec 30 1984
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
1986
(Age 71/72)
Ray Copeland started his serial killing spree. #1986
1989
(Age 74/75)
Ray Copeland ended his serial killing spree. #1989
Oct 17 1989
(Age 74)
Ray Copeland arrested. #19891017
Oct 19 1993
(Age 78)
Ray Copelanddied.at Massachusetts, state of the United States of America. #19931019
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Books that Mention Ray Copeland

Book: Women and the Death Penalty in the... (mentions serial killer Ray Copeland)
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Book: Murders in the United States (mentions serial killer Ray Copeland)
R. Barri Flowers
Murders in the United States
Book: Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple... (mentions serial killer Ray Copeland)
Dirk C. Gibson
Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder fo...
Book: Crimes of the Centuries [3 volumes] (mentions serial killer Ray Copeland)
Steven Chermak Ph.D.
Crimes of the Centuries [3 volumes]

4 Books that mention Serial Killer
Ray Copeland

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
027595952x Women and the Death Penal... 5
0786420758 Murders in the United Sta... 32
0313378916 Serial Killing for Profit... 6
1610695941 Crimes of the Centuries [... 14

Faye Della Wilson Copeland (August 4, 1921 – December 23, 2003) and Ray Copeland (December 30, 1914 – October 19, 1993) became, at the ages of 69 and 76 respectively, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States. They were convicted of killing five drifters at their farm in Mooresville, Missouri. When her sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1999, Faye Copeland was the oldest woman on death row.

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External References
  1. Q356168 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 11, 2018.
  2. Ray and Faye Copeland on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 17, 2018.
  3. Thomas Seeley, Matt Robertson, Ray Copeland on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Oct 17, 2018.
  4. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Ray COPELAND on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 17, 2018.
  5. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Copeland, Ray on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
Internal References

Ray Copeland is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #20 of 45[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in December
  2. #35 of 55[ Page 3 ] of Capricorn Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #103 of 651[ Page 7 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  4. #167 of 327[ Page 12 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #308 of 651[ Page 21 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  6. #352 of 651[ Page 24 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #458 of 651[ Page 31 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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