William Suff

Riverside Prostitute Killer, Lake Elsinore Killer

  Active for 7 years
(1986-1992) in United States




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  1. Summary
  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 11 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 8 Books About William Suff
  14. 4 External References
  15. Internal References

William Suff (William Lester Suff) (born Bill Lee Suff) an American serial killer known as the Riverside Prostitute Killer and the Lake Elsinore Killer. Suff was convicted of murdering his first daughter in 1974, he abused and violently shook his infant daughter to death. Once released, he worked as a warehouse clerk for Riverside County and had close involvement with the police department. He would rape stab, strangle and sometimes mutilate his victims. William Suff killed twelve or more prostitutes in Riverside County, California between 1989 and 1991. He was convicted of twelve murders in 1995 and sentence to death.

William Suff Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer William Suff (aka) Riverside Prostitute Killer, Lake Elsinore Killer, was active for 7 years between 1986-1992, known to have ( 12 confirmed / 22 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

William Suff was born on August 20th 1950 in Torrance, city in California. He was born 1st of 3 children He was raised as a oldest child and had two brothers or sisters. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems.

William Suff a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He completed 12 years of school, received a high school diploma. He married, Teryl Suff. He had one daughter which he killed when she was two-months old.

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

In 1986 (Age 35/36) William Suff started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, torture, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He would keep personal items and parts of the victims body after the crime. He positioned or posed at least one body after death. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and children, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on January 9th 1992 (Age 41), convicted on August 17th 1995 (Age 44), sentenced to death by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 88%
serial killers by profile completeness

William Suff has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

William Suff a known:

William Suff
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: William Suff
Nickname: Riverside Prostitute Killer, Lake Elsinore Killer
Victims: 12 - 22
Years Active: 1986 - 1992
Ages Active: 35/36 - 41/42
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1950 -     
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Leo
Jul 23 - Aug 23
Birth Month: August
Marital Status: married, Teryl Suff
Children: one daughter which he killed when she was two-months old
Living With: his wife and children
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Aug 20, 1950
Given Name: William
Birth Location: Torrance, city in California
Birth Order: 1st of 3
Siblings: two brothers or sisters
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: oldest child
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: 12 years of school
Highest Degree: high school diploma

Arrested: Jan 9, 1992 (Age 41)
Convicted: Aug 17, 1995 (Age 44)
Sentence: death by lethal injection
Prison Location: San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
William Suff

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

Date Event Description
Aug 20 1950William Suff was born in Torrance, city in California.  #19500820
Aug 20 1970
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Aug 20 1980
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
(Age 35/36)
William Suff started his serial killing spree. #1986
Aug 20 1990
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
(Age 41/42)
William Suff ended his serial killing spree. #1992
Jan 09 1992
(Age 41)
William Suff arrested. #19920109
Aug 17 1995
(Age 44)
William Suff was convictedand sentenced to death by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US.  #19950817
Aug 20 2000
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Aug 20 2010
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Aug 20 2020
(Age 70)
70th Birthday

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Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
problems in school TRUE 221
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
previous prision TRUE 336
used weapon TRUE 453
rape TRUE 453
torture TRUE 426
strangle TRUE 443
mutilated TRUE 447
posed body TRUE 365
totem body part TRUE 365
totem personal item TRUE 354
robbed TRUE 418
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
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
kill at killers home FALSE 320
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
sex with body FALSE 430
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442

Books that Mention William Suff

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: The Riverside Killer (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Christine Keers
The Riverside Killer
Book: Serial Murder (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Ronald M. Holmes
Serial Murder
Book: Cat and Mouse (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Tomek Bogacki
Cat and Mouse
Book: Cat and Mouse (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Brian Lane
Cat and Mouse
Book: The History of the Worthies of Engl... (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Thomas Fuller
The History of the Worthies of England
Book: Calendar of inquisitions post morte... (mentions serial killer William Suff)
Great Britain. Publi...
Calendar of inquisitions post mortem and othe...

8 Books that mention Serial Killer
William Suff

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0786003456 The Riverside Killer 1
1412974429 Serial Murder 26
0374312257 Cat and Mouse 1
078710860x Cat and Mouse 1
1108080529 The History of the Worthi... 1
0851158927 Calendar of inquisitions... 1

William Lester Suff (born August 20, 1950, as Bill Lee Suff), also known as the Riverside Prostitute Killer and the Lake Elsinore Killer, is an American serial killer.

External References
  1. Q725959 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 18, 2018.
  2. William Suff on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 18, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, William Lester SUFF on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 18, 2018.
  4. Kitzi Woodard, Jessica Whalen, William Lester Suff on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Oct 18, 2018.
Internal References

William Suff is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #6 of 40[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in August
  2. #7 of 46[ Page 1 ] of Leo Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #22 of 89[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #47 of 327[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #53 of 250[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #69 of 307[ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #135 of 651[ Page 9 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #161 of 651[ Page 11 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  9. #236 of 651[ Page 16 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #577 of 651[ Page 39 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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