Jake Bird

The Tacoma Ax-Killer

  Active for 18 years
(1930-1947) in United States




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  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 9 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 15 Books About Jake Bird
  14. 4 External References
  15. Internal References

Jake Bird an American serial killer and rapist known as The Tacoma Ax-Killer.Bird had an extensive criminal record including burglary and attempted murder. Bird was arrested in 1947 and was sentenced to death for the murders of two victims. In 1948, Bird was scheduled for execution but it was postponed when he confessed to a total of forty-six murders. Eleven of the forty-six victims were substantiated and he was considered a prime suspect in the remaining crimes. In 1949, Jake Bird was executed by public hanging at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.

Jake Bird Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Jake Bird (aka) The Tacoma Ax-Killer, was active for 18 years between 1930-1947, known to have ( 12 confirmed / 46 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Jake Bird was born on December 14th 1901 in Louisiana, US.

no degree received. Bird never married. He had no children mentioned.

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

In 1930 (Age 28/29) Jake Bird started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, stalk, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone as a transient who worked manual laborer for the railroad.

He was arrested on October 30th 1947 (Age 45), convicted on November 26th 1947 (Age 45), sentenced to death by hanging at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, US. Bird was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Jake Bird was executed on July 15th 1949 (Age 47).

Jake Bird died on July 15th 1949 (Age 47), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, US.

Profile Completeness: 82%
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Jake Bird has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Jake Bird a known:

Jake Bird
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-03 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Jake Bird
Nickname: The Tacoma Ax-Killer
Victims: 12 - 46
Years Active: 1930 - 1947
Ages Active: 28/29 - 45/46
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1901 - 1949
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 22
Birth Month: December
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children mentioned
Living With: himself, alone as a transient who worked manual laborer for the railroad
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Dec 14, 1901
Family Name: Bird
Given Name: Jake
Birth Location: Louisiana, US
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree: no degree received

Arrested: Oct 30, 1947 (Age 45)
Convicted: Nov 26, 1947 (Age 45)
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, US
Executed: Jul 15, 1949 (Age 47)
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Jul 15, 1949 (Age 47)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, US
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
9 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Jake Bird

The 9 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Jake Bird. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Dec 14 1901Jake Bird was born in Louisiana, US.  #19011214
Dec 14 1921
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
(Age 28/29)
Jake Bird started his serial killing spree. #1930
Dec 14 1931
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Dec 14 1941
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
(Age 45/46)
Jake Bird ended his serial killing spree. #1947
Oct 30 1947
(Age 45)
Jake Bird arrested. #19471030
Nov 26 1947
(Age 45)
Jake Bird was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, US.  #19471126
Jul 15 1949
(Age 47)
Jake Birdwas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, US. #19490715

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Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
previous prision TRUE 336
previous killed TRUE 208
kill at victims home TRUE 323
used weapon TRUE 453
rape TRUE 453
stalk TRUE 418
mutilated TRUE 447
robbed TRUE 418
living with children FALSE 268
suicide FALSE 225
killed in prison FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
kill at killers home FALSE 320
used gun FALSE 451
torture FALSE 426
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
strangle FALSE 443
sex with body FALSE 430
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 Jake Bird

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Book: All the Birds, Singing (mentions serial killer Jake Bird)
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All the Birds, Singing
Book: Weird Washington (mentions serial killer Jake Bird)
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Weird Washington
Book: Devil's Tower (mentions serial killer Jake Bird)
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Book: Flying Jake (mentions serial killer Jake Bird)
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Book: Songs to Birds (mentions serial killer Jake Bird)
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Book: Tacoma's Haunted History (mentions serial killer Jake Bird)
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15 Books that mention Serial Killer
Jake Bird

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0307907775 All the Birds, Singing 1
1402745451 Weird Washington 1
034540209x Devil's Tower 1
1981629440 50 American Serial Killer... 14
080652555x The Evil 100 18
0689803761 Flying Jake 1
156792042x Songs to Birds 1
1467131091 Tacoma's Haunted History 1
1590775325 World Encyclopedia of 20t... 20
1493016040 Washington Myths and Lege... 1
1578744261 Jake's Bird Feeder 1
0759616523 Three Forks 1
1532023561 Sister Bird 1
1463425961 PAINFUL CHOICES 1

Jake Bird (December 14, 1901 – July 15, 1949) was an American convicted murderer and self-confessed serial killer who was tried and executed for the axe murders of Bertha Kludt (age 53) and her daughter Beverly June Kludt (17) in Tacoma, Washington on October 30, 1947. Bird may have killed as many as 46 people.

External References
  1. Jake Bird on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 20, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Jake BIRD on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 20, 2018.
  3. Q6124570 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  4. Jake Bird Serial Killer Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1948 on www.newspapers.com, Retrieved on May 3, 2019.
Internal References

Jake Bird is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #7 of 43[ Page 1 ] of Sagittarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #10 of 45[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in December
  3. #12 of 53[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Stalkers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #38 of 651[ Page 3 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  5. #49 of 327[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #70 of 307[ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #75 of 651[ Page 5 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  8. #137 of 651[ Page 10 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #210 of 651[ Page 14 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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