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Full Name  Bill Lee Suff
State(s)  California
Country  U.S.
Convictions  Murder

Span of killings  1974–1992
Role  serial killer
Victims  12–22
Name  William Suff
Date apprehended  January 9, 1992
William Suff with a serious face and wearing a blue polo shirt with a placard in front of him.

  August 20, 1950 (age 73) (1950-08-20) Torrance, California
Other names  William Lester Suff, The Riverside Prostitute Killer, The Lake Elsinore Killer

Criminal penalty  Capital punishment

Similar  Richard Angelo, Billy Glaze, Robert Joseph Silveria Jr.

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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.



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Early crimes

William Suff with a serious face and wearing a blue polo shirt with a placard in front of him.

In 1974, a Texas jury convicted Suff and his then-wife, Teryl, of beating their two-month-old daughter to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals later reversed Teryl’s conviction but upheld Suff's in Suff v. State (Tex. 1976) 531 S.W.2d 814, finding insufficient evidence to convict her as either the primary actor or a principal in their baby's murder. Though Suff was sentenced to 70 years in a Texas prison, he served only 10 years before his 1984 release on parole.


Tina Leal holding a baby, one of the murder victims of William Suff. At the bottom, dead body of Tina Leal.

Suff subsequently raped, tortured, stabbed, strangled, and sometimes mutilated 12 or more sex workers in Riverside County, beginning in 1986. On January 9, 1992, Suff was arrested after a routine traffic stop.

An x-ray of the 95 watt GE lightbulb that William Suff placed in the womb of his murder victim Tin Leal.

Described as a mild-mannered loner, Suff worked as a county stock clerk who allegedly delivered supplies to the task force investigating his killing spree. He liked to impersonate police officers and cooked chili at office picnics. It was alleged that he used the breast of one of his victims in his chili.


An x-ray of the 95 watt GE lightbulb that William Suff placed in the womb of Tin Leal.

On July 19, 1995, a Riverside County jury found Suff guilty of killing 12 women and attempting to kill another, though police suspected him responsible for as many as 22 deaths. During the penalty phase that followed, the prosecutor presented evidence linking Suff to the 1988 murder of a San Bernardino sex worker, as well as evidence that despite his prior Texas prison term for murdering his first daughter, he abused and violently shook his three-month-old daughter by his second wife. On August 17, 1995, after deliberating for only 10 minutes, the jury returned verdicts of guilty on all 12 murder counts. On October 26, 1995, the trial court followed the jury's recommendations and ordered Suff condemned to death. Suff resides on death row at San Quentin State Prison.


William Suff with a sad face and wearing an orange polo shirt.

"The Riverside Killer" by Christine Keers and Dennis St Pierre was published in 1996 by Pinnacle True Crime. In 1997 "Cat and Mouse - Mind Games With A Serial Killer" was published by Dove Books. Suff met with author Brian Alan Lane and told his story. The book includes short stories and poems written by Suff and photos of several of his victims.


William Suff Wikipedia