39 True Crime Trivia Questions and Answers

This true crime trivia has only been created for an adult audience as some subject matters are unsuitable for younger trivia players. Additionally, if you’re easily offended, particularly sensitive, or easily upset, this may be a trivia to skip!

However, if you love all things crime, including mystery, murder, and mayhem, this true crime trivia has definitely been written with you in mind!

Did you know that almost 2 in 3 Americans are fans of serial killer content? 

In this true crime trivia, we will discuss some truly disturbing crimes and those that’ll test the knowledge of even the most dedicated fan of true crime! 

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General True Crime Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Many of us are fascinated with true crime trivia; it gives us an insight into the human brain, especially those wired entirely differently from our own. 

Exploring the mind of a psychopath killer can be as alarming as it is fascinating, and trying to understand why people kill can be as upsetting as it is harrowing

Round 1 of this true crime trivia will include questions on some of the country’s most prolific killers, from mass murderers to devils in disguise. 

We will also look at some shocking cases from around the world and some disturbing statistics

1: The Netflix show Making A Murderer tells the story of a man wrongly incarcerated for 18 years for a crime he didn't commit. What is this man's name?
Steven Avery.
2: According to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, how many women were on Death Row in the US in 2022?
3: How are British serial killers Ian Bradey and Myra Hindley better known?
The Moors Murderers.
4: What 2 key characteristics does a certified Psychopath lack?
Empathy and remorse.
5: What is the name given to an unidentified male body?
John Doe.
6: What is the name given to an unidentified female body?
Jane Doe.
7: Between 1980 and 2008, out of every 5 murder victims, how many were killed by an intimate partner?
8: How is American criminal and cult leader Charles Milles Maddox better known?
Charles Manson.
9: To be considered a serial killer, how many unlawful homicides must a person conduct?
10: Who was the romantic partner of Clyde Chestnut Barrow?
Bonnie Parker.
11: How many victims did 'Jack the Ripper' murder over 3 months in 1888?
12: Children of what age are most likely to be killed by another person?
Under 1 year.
13: In 1962, where did Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin escape?
14: How many people died from apparent cyanide poisoning at the internationally infamous Jonestown, Guyana?
15: Robert Maudsley, also known as Hannibal The Cannibal, is considered the UK's most dangerous prisoner. He has spent almost 50 years in solitary confinement, in a cell made from what material?
16: According to data, which country has the highest homicide rate in the world?
El Salvador.

Serial Killer True Crime Trivia Questions and Answers 

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As discussed, serial killers will have murdered more than 3 people, and their crimes can span weeks, months, or even decades before they’re eventually brought to justice. 

Often, psychological gratification is the motive for these people, and according to the FBI, motives include attention-seeking, financial gain, thrill-seeking, or anger. Of course, there are times when mental imbalances or neurological conditions play a part, too. 

This true crime trivia section will look at 7 of the most shocking, infamous, and disturbed murders of more than 3 people. 

Let’s get to it. 

1: Which serial killer killed 17 people in their Milwaukee home between 1978 and 1991 when he was finally incarcerated?
Jeffrey Dahmer.
2: Which British serial killer became known as Dr. Death after it was discovered he killed at least 218 of his patients?
Harold Shipman.
3: What is the name of the serial killer who performed at children's hospitals and charitable events; and killed 33 young men and boys in his Chicago home?
John Wayne Gacy.
4: This charismatic serial killer defended himself in his televised murder trial and received fan mail from all over the world due to his performance.
Ted Bundy.
5: Which killer became known as The Night Stalker after terrorizing LA neighborhoods during the 1980s and killing 13 people?
Richard Ramirez.
6: Charlize Theron starred in the movie Monster, which loosely told the life story of which female serial killer?
Aileen Wuornos.
7: How is former police officer, serial kidnapper, and murderer Joseph James DeAngelo better known?
The Golden State Killer.

Women Who Commit True Crime Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Statistics show that homicide is predominantly male-perpetrated. However, women commit this true crime, too. 

Often the reasons women kill are significantly different from why men do – there’s more emotion involved; revenge, love, jealousy mental illness is also a large factor.

The circumstances around murderesses are often sad, with childhood abuse or domestic violence being considerable contributions to the acts. But, it is hard to sympathize, truly, when these acts take the life of another or others. 

In this true crime trivia round, we will look at 8 women who have killed, and not all can be deemed as victims themselves!

Let’s explore

1: Nicknamed The Angel of Death, Genene Anne Jones killed up to 50 children in her care before conviction. What was her occupation?
Pediatric Nurse.
2: What is the name of the Alabama-born woman who killed up to 11 of her relatives to collect their life insurance money?
Nannie Doss.
3: Amelia Elizabeth Dyer is one of the most prolific serial killers in history. Living in Victorian England, this trained nurse turned to baby farming and murdered an estimated 400 babies in her care. How long was she able to do this before being caught?
30 years.
4: Living with severe mental illness, Andrea Yates was left unsupervised with her 5 children for 1 hour. How many of her children survived these 60 minutes?
5: How did the media dub convicted serial killer Dorothea Puente after her murder count reached 9?
Death House Landlady.
6: Mexican professional Wrestler, Juana Barraza, became known as The Old Lady Killer after killing up to 759 elderly women. How many years in prison was she sentenced to?
7: Who did English serial killer Rose West collaborate with in the torture and murder of at least 9 young women, including her children and stepchildren, in the 1970s and 1980s?
Her husband, Fred.
8: A mother's claims of an African American stealing her car and kidnapping her two sons made international news. In reality, who murdered Susan Smith's children?
Susan Smith.

Death Row True Crime Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Death row is a controversial subject; whether you agree or not, the fact of the matter is that it is in existence and holds some of the most dangerous prisoners in the US. 

That is if the conviction is accurate

In this true crime trivia, we will look at some of the worst criminals who call death row home, as well as some innocent people who never should have done so. 

This is a true crime trivia round with questions that may lead to further questions that can’t be answered. 

1: How many states used capital punishment in 2022?
2: How old was George Stinney Jr., the youngest person to be executed in 20th-century America?
3: After being sentenced to death for the homicide of his ex-wife and 2 young children, what did Andre Thomas do to himself?
He took out his own eyes and ate one.
4: There was no physical evidence against Joe Arridy, who had an IQ of 46, and the mind of a six-year-old, for the crime he was executed for. What did he do with his last meal of ice cream?
Asked guards to refrigerate it for when he came back.
5: How many death row prisoners have been exonerated by DNA testing to date?
6: Who is the nation's longest-serving death-row prisoner?
Raymond Riles (sentenced to death in 1975!)
7: Which country is the world's leading executioner?
8: According to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, how many men are currently awaiting execution in the US?

More True Crime Trivia – Video 

I don’t know if I admire you or fear you for making it to the end of this true crime trivia! Why not unwind with some more pleasant topics? Here are some to fluff the brain with:

Thank you for playing this true crime trivia; there are so many opportunities for further reading and further questioning with some of the crimes listed here! Enjoy!

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