Actually the Top SEVEN American Serial Killers were Homosexual. 7: Randy Kraft

Claim: “Gays” are victims”.

Fact : the top six, no SEVEN serial killers in US criminal history were all homosexual. While we are enumerating them, let’s not forget RANDY KRAFT, who may have killed as many as seventy victims. 

A.K.A.: “Southern California Strangler”

Classification: Serial killer

Characteristics: Rape – Mutilation

Number of victims: 16 +

Date of murders: 1972 – 1983

Date of arrest: May 14, 1983

Date of birth: March 19, 1945

Victims profile: Young men

Method of murder: Strangulation

Location: California, USA

Status: Sentenced to death on November 29, 1989

On the outside Randy Kraft was a normal fellow, a successful computer programmer operating in sunny Southern California. On the inside Kraft was a lethal sexual sadist who committed at least fifty or sixty murders.

His killings are believed to have begun in the early 1970’s and stretched until his arrest in 1983. His victims were all male, mostly homosexuals, who Kraft would torture and mutilate, sometimes while his victim was still alive. Apparently Kraft had a great deal of problems coming to grips with his own homosexuality, to say the least.

Kraft was arrested when police officers who pulled him over for erratic driving discovered his latest victim dead in the vehicle from a drug overdose. He was subsequently convicted of sixteen counts of murder in November 1989 and sentenced to death.

Unlike many serial killers, Kraft has denied involvement to this day and has has shunned the spotlight his crimes placed on him. He has never offered any explanation or shown any interest in clearing any unsolved slayings he may have committed. As a result of his stubbornness authorities may never know for sure just how many men Kraft has actually murdered, though because of his extensive traveling it is suspected that the total could be as high as seventy.

Randy Kraft

On a summer morning in 1983 Orange County officers pulled over a driver for weaving. The driver, Randy Kraft, got out of his car and began walking to the cruiser in a polite manner. The suspicious officers walked Kraft back to his car and found the body of Terry Gambrel slumped over dead in the passenger’s seat. He had be strangled with a belt.

A background check on Kraft revealed a 1966 arrest for lewd conduct in Huntington Beach. In 1967 he had graduated from college with a degree in economics, and then a year in the air force, only to be discharged on grounds related to homosexual behavior. In 1975 he was arrested again for lewd conduct with another man, this time spending 5 days in jail and paying a small fine.

Officers searched Kraft’s car and found forty-seven photos of young men, some nude, and some unconscious, or dead. A briefcase contained a notebook with more than 60 messages in a code.

Searching Krafts home they found photos of three men whose deaths were still unsolved in Southern California. Robert Loggins had been found dead in September 1980, and photos of his body were found in Krafts’ home. Roger De Vaul, and Geoffrey Nelson were last seen in February of 1983, and their bodies were discovered days apart. Photos of the two friends were also found in the house. Fibers from a rug in Kraft’s garage matched fibers found on the body of Scott Huges, who was found alongside the Riverside Freeway in April of 1978. Items belonging to a man found dead near Grand Rapids, Michigan were also found in his home. Kraft had worked for a Santa Monica based aerospace firm between June 1980 and January 1983, and had traveled to offices in Oregon and Michigan during times of some unsolved murders in each state.

Prosecutors eventually cracked the code in Krafts notebook. “2 in 1 Hitch” referred to the murders of Nelson and De Vaul. “Marine Carson” referred to Richard Keith, a marine last seen in Carson, California, and whose body was discovered in Laguna Hills in 1978. “Jail Out” referred to a murder he committed hours after being released from jail on June 11, 1978. “Parking Lot” referred to the murder of Keith Crotwell, an eight-year-old boy whose severed head was found by a group of fisherman. His body turned up a while later. Kraft was questioned in this case, and admitted meeting Crotwell in a parking lot the day he vanished. Kraft was considered a “Score-card killer”.

In September 1983 the charges against Kraft stood as: sixteen murders, eleven counts of sodomy, nine counts of sexual mutilation, and three counts of robbery.

In January of the next year prosecutors filed written notice of their intent to prove twenty-one additional murders, spanning twelve years, and three states. Kraft was found guilty and given the death sentence. He is currently awaiting execution on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California.


Another in the tradition of California freeway killer. Randy, a graduate of the prestigious Claremont Men’s College, liked to pick up young men, especially marines, drug them and strangle them. On May 14, 1983, a highway patrolman stopped Kraft in Mission Viejo for suspected drunk driving and noticed the dead marine sitting next to him. In the car, police also found pictures of several other victims, and a so-called death list with the victims’ addresses and other incriminating items.

Prosecutors suspect Kraft killed as many as 45 young men in Southern California, Oregon and Michigan. A soft-spoken former computer programmer, he targeted hitchhikers between 18 and 25 years old. Many were sexually tortured before being strangled with their own belts. One victim’s eyes had been burned with a cigarette lighter. Another man’s head was found in the waters off the Long Beach Marina. Authorities believe he strangled his victims after drugging and sexually assaulting them, spawning Orange County’s longest and costliest murder case.

After a 13-month trial, jurors deliberated two days before sentencing Kraft to death. The trial court judge upheld the penalty, saying the killings and mutilations were beyond comprehension. “I can’t imagine doing these things in scientific experiments on a dead person, much less [to] someone alive,” said Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin at the time.Randy was known as the “Score-Card Killer,” because he kept a coded notebook with a tally of all his kills. Police linked him to sixty-two deaths spanning three states, but only sixteen have been proven conclusively.

Before sentencing, Kraft strongly maintained his innocence. “I have not murdered anyone, and I believe a reasonable review of the record will show that,” he told the judge. In his appeal, Kraft argued that his original trial was riddled with more than 20 legal errors. His most serious charge claimed the judge erred in allowing prosecutors to use as evidence the “death list.” His attorneys alleged that the list–a sheet of paper bearing 61 cryptic entries that prosecutors called a “score card” of victims–improperly prejudiced the jury against him. But the Supreme Court disagreed, saying the list was relevant to the case.

On August 11, 2000, the California Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in what officials described as an important advance in the effort to execute the notorious serial killer. The justices unanimously rejected Kraft’s claims that he received an unfair trial, saying he should die for the decade-long murder spree.

Source: Randy Kraft: The Southern California Strangler by J. J. Maloney

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