Where is William Suff now? | The Lake Elsinore Killer

William Suff

What did William Suff do?

William Suff is an American serial killer who is believed to be responsible for as many as 22 murders. 

Before embarking on his serial killing spree, he was convicted of beating his 2-month-old daughter to death in 1974 and was sentenced to 70 years in a Texas prison. He served only 10 years for this crime and was released on parole in 1984.

Between 1989 and 1991, he targeted sex workers, killing at least 12 by raping, torturing, stabbing and strangling them. He was dubbed “The Lake Elsinore Killer” during his horrific reign of terror in that area.


How was Suff caught, and what happened at the trial? 

On the 9th of January 1992, Suff was arrested after a routine traffic stop when a police officer found a bloody knife and objects believed to be linked to the killings. 

On July 19, 1995, a Riverside County jury found Suff guilty of killing 12 women, though police suspected him of killing as many as 22. On the 17th of August 1995, the jury only needed 10 minutes to return a verdict of guilty on 12 counts of murder.

On the 26th October 26, 1995, Suff was sentenced to death for his crimes. He appealed the sentence in 2014, but it was rejected by the California Supreme Court, which upheld the death penalty.


Where is William Suff now?

Suff is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison. He is 73 years old. The case has been the subject of episodes of Born To Kill?, The New Detectives and Most Evil Killers. 


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  1. I would also like to post that I am sickened by the acts committed by William Suff ,and there should be justification and justice for the family so that we can heal .What a horrible monster ,Always in our hearts Cherie Michelle Payseur ,very very dear to all of her friends and family how much we would love to hold you again sweet baby girl ,For the families loss ,prayers and strength and love ,always and always ,how beautiful an Angel you are Cherie ,and how much you are always held in our hearts

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