Herbert Mullin

The Psychopath of Santa Cruz

  Active for 2 years
(1972-1973) in United States




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

Herbert Mullin (Herbert William Mullin) an American serial killer who killed thirteen people in California from 1972 to 1973. Despite detailed confessions, prosecutors decided not to try him for the first three crimes, instead focusing on crimes that conflicted with his insanity plea. Mullin's was convicted of two murders in the first degree and nine in the second, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Herbert Mullin Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Herbert Mullin (aka) The Psychopath of Santa Cruz, was active for 2 years between 1972-1973, known to have ( 13 confirmed / 13 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Herbert Mullin was born on April 18th 1947 in Salinas, California, US. He was born 2nd of 2 children and raised by both parents. He was raised as a youngest child and had one younger sister. His father, Bill Mullin, a World War II veteran. His mother, Jean Mullin, a devout Catholic.

Herbert Mullin a bisexual male citizen of the United States of America. He completed 14 years of school, received a college degree. He never married. He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs. He saw a psychologist and spent time in a Forensic Hospital.

In 1972 (Age 24/25) Herbert Mullin started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to mutilate, murder his victims. Herbert Mullin used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. At the time of his crimes he was living with his parents in Santa Cruz, California, US, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on February 13th 1973 (Age 25), convicted on August 19th 1973 (Age 26), sentenced to life imprisonment at Mule Creek State Prison, in Ione, California, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 91%
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Herbert Mullin has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 3 years ago.

Herbert Mullin a known:

Herbert Mullin
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Updated: 2021-04-03 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Herbert Mullin
Nickname: The Psychopath of Santa Cruz
Victims: 13 - 13
Years Active: 1972 - 1973
Ages Active: 24/25 - 25/26
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1947 -     
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: bisexual
Astrological Sign: Aries
Mar 20 - Apr 20
Birth Month: April
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: his parents in Santa Cruz, California, US
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Apr 18, 1947
Given Name: Herbert
Birth Location: Salinas, California, US
Birth Order: 2nd of 2
Siblings: one younger sister
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: youngest child
Mother: Jean Mullin, a devout Catholic
Father: Bill Mullin, a World War II veteran

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: 14 years of school
Highest Degree: college degree

Arrested: Feb 13, 1973 (Age 25)
Convicted: Aug 19, 1973 (Age 26)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: Mule Creek State Prison, in Ione, 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
12 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Herbert Mullin

The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Herbert Mullin. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Apr 18 1947Herbert Mullin was born in Salinas, California, US.  #19470418
Apr 18 1967
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
(Age 24/25)
Herbert Mullin started his serial killing spree. #1972
(Age 25/26)
Herbert Mullin ended his serial killing spree. #1973
Feb 13 1973
(Age 25)
Herbert Mullin arrested. #19730213
Aug 19 1973
(Age 26)
Herbert Mullin was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment at Mule Creek State Prison, in Ione, California, US.  #19730819
Apr 18 1977
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Apr 18 1987
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Apr 18 1997
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Apr 18 2007
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Apr 18 2017
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
Mar 18 2021
(Age 73)
denied parole #20210318
Location: Parole Board, Santa Cruz District Attorney, Santa Cruz, CA, US

Herbert Mullin was denied parole for the 11th time at a parole hearing at the Mule Creek Prison in Ione, California.

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Boolean Questions:
drug abuse TRUE 226
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
psychologist TRUE 258
forensic hospital TRUE 257
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
kill at victims home TRUE 323
used weapon TRUE 453
used gun TRUE 451
mutilated TRUE 447
living with children FALSE 268
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
previous prision FALSE 336
kill at killers home FALSE 320
rape FALSE 453
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
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
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention Herbert Mullin

Book: Whoever Fights Monsters (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
Robert K. Ressler
Whoever Fights Monsters
Book: Serial Killers (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
Peter Vronsky
Serial Killers
Book: The Serial Killer Files (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
Harold Schechter
The Serial Killer Files
Book: Deadly Voices (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
C.L. Swinney
Deadly Voices
Book: Forensic Psychology (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
Solomon Fulero
Forensic Psychology
Book: Herbert Mullin (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
Jack Rosewood
Herbert Mullin
Book: Murders in the United States (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
R. Barri Flowers
Murders in the United States
Book: American Mass Murderers (mentions serial killer Herbert Mullin)
Valrie Plaza
American Mass Murderers

10 Books that mention Serial Killer
Herbert Mullin

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1250084997 Whoever Fights Monsters 5
0425196402 Serial Killers 24
0345472004 The Serial Killer Files 20
151967693x Deadly Voices 1
0495506494 Forensic Psychology 2
152281776x Herbert Mullin 1
0786420758 Murders in the United Sta... 32
1312961406 American Mass Murderers 2
3319400541 Serial Homicide 2
0816069875 The Encyclopedia of Seria... 108

Herbert William Mullin (born April 18, 1947) is an American serial killer who killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s. He confessed to the killings, which he claimed prevented earthquakes. In 1973, after a trial to determine whether he was insane or culpable, he was convicted of two murders in the first degree and nine in the second, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

External References
  1. Q1383283 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 13, 2018.
  2. Herbert Mullin on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 13, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Herbert William MULLIN on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 13, 2018.
  4. Vernetta Watts, Virginia Douglas, Herbert Mullin on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Oct 13, 2018.
  5. Jack Rosewood, Herbert Mullin: The True Story of the Psychopath of Santa Cruz on jackrosewood.com, Retrieved on Oct 13, 2018.
  6. Herbert Mullin on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
  7. Emerson Murray, State denies parole to Santa Cruz serial killer on www.eastbaytimes.com, Retrieved on Apr 3, 2021.
Internal References

Herbert Mullin is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #7 of 38[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in April
  2. #8 of 42[ Page 1 ] of Aries Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #39 of 327[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  4. #121 of 651[ Page 9 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #130 of 651[ Page 9 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #417 of 651[ Page 28 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #516 of 651[ Page 35 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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