Stephen Richards

The Nebraska Fiend

  Active for 1 year
(1878) in United States




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  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 4 Timeline Events
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  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 6 Books About Stephen Richards
  14. 3 External References
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Stephen Richards (Stephen Dee Richards) an American serial killer who confessed to committing nine murders in Nebraska and Iowa between 1876 and 1878. Richards was convicted for the axe murder of the Harlson family, a woman and her three children, and for the murder of a neighbor of his. Stephen Richards was executed in 1879 by hanging in Minden, Nebraska.

Stephen Richards Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Stephen Richards (aka) The Nebraska Fiend, was active for 1 year in 1878, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 9 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Stephen Richards was born on March 18th 1856 in Wheeling, city in West Virginia. He was raised by both parents. His father, a farmer. His mother, a homemaker, died in 1871, Stephen (Age 14).

Richards a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. Richards never married. He had no children.

In 1878 (Age 21/22) Stephen Richards started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, murder his victims. Stephen Richards used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at both his home and the home of the victim. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone a drifter, later with Mrs. Harlson and her three children, where Richards was known to work as a serial killer.

Stephen Richards died on April 26th 1879 (Age 23), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at a prison in Minden, Nebraska, US.

Profile Completeness: 91%
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Stephen Richards has been listed on Killer.Cloud since January of 2019 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Stephen Richards a known:

Stephen Richards
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Updated: 2019-01-04 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Stephen Richards
Nickname: The Nebraska Fiend
Victims: 5 - 9
Years Active: 1878 - 1878
Ages Active: 21/22 - 21/22
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1856 - 1879
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Feb 18 - Mar 20
Birth Month: March
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: himself, alone a drifter, later with Mrs. Harlson and her three children
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Mar 18, 1856
Family Name: Richards
Given Name: Stephen
Birth Location: Wheeling, city in West Virginia
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: a homemaker, died in 1871, Stephen (Age 14)
Father: a farmer

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: N/A
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: a prison in Minden, Nebraska, US
Executed: Apr 26, 1879 (Age 23)
Previous Crimes: FALSE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: Apr 26, 1879 (Age 23)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: a prison in Minden, Nebraska, US
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
4 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Stephen Richards

The 4 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Stephen Richards. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Mar 18 1856Stephen Richards was born in Wheeling, city in West Virginia.  #18560318
(Age 21/22)
Stephen Richards started his serial killing spree. #1878
(Age 22/23)
Stephen Richards ended his serial killing spree. #1878
Apr 26 1879
(Age 23)
Stephen Richardswas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat a prison in Minden, Nebraska, US. #18790426
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Boolean Questions:
living with children TRUE 268
kill at killers home TRUE 320
kill at victims home TRUE 323
used weapon TRUE 453
used gun TRUE 451
robbed TRUE 418
suicide FALSE 225
killed in prison FALSE 218
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous crimes FALSE 367
previous jail FALSE 352
previous prision FALSE 336
previous killed FALSE 208
rape FALSE 453
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
strangle FALSE 443
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

Books that Mention Stephen Richards

Book: Insanity - My Mad Life (mentions serial killer Stephen Richards)
Charles Bronson
Insanity - My Mad Life
Book: Behind Bars (mentions serial killer Stephen Richards)
Jeffrey Ross
Behind Bars
Book: Silent Scream (mentions serial killer Stephen Richards)
Charles Bronson
Silent Scream
Book: Crime Through Time (mentions serial killer Stephen Richards)
Stephen Richards
Crime Through Time
Book: Legends (mentions serial killer Stephen Richards)
Charles Bronson

6 Books that mention Serial Killer
Stephen Richards

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1782192522 Insanity - My Mad Life 1
1440695776 Behind Bars 1
190257821x Silent Scream 1
1902578171 Crime Through Time 1
1530414229 Life and Confession of St... 1
1902578228 Legends 2
External References
  1. Q21068938 on, Retrieved on Jan 4, 2019.
  2. Stephen Richards (murderer) on, Retrieved on Jan 4, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Stephen D. RICHARDS on, Retrieved on Jan 4, 2019.
Internal References

Stephen Richards is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #25 of 38[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in March
  2. #26 of 40[ Page 2 ] of Pisces Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #118 of 651[ Page 8 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  4. #162 of 327[ Page 11 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #344 of 651[ Page 23 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #496 of 651[ Page 34 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #545 of 651[ Page 37 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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