John Floyd Thomas an American serial killer and rapist known as the Westside rapist and The Southland Strangler. Thomas has one of the longest criminal careers in the US. The first wave of killings claimed the lives of seventeen women ranging in age from the 50s to the 90s. The murders stopped in 1978 - the same year a witness copied down Mr Thomas's car licence number after he raped a woman in Pasadena and was sent to jail. The second wave began after his release in 1983. Five more elderly white women were raped and strangled in the Claremont area. In 2011, John Floyd Thomas was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Serial Killer John Floyd Thomas (aka) Westside Rapist, The Southland Strangler, was active for 53 years between 1957-2009, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 25 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
John Floyd Thomas was born on July 26th 1936 in Los Angeles, California, US. He was raised by his mother until (Age 12), his aunt and a godmother until adulthood. His father, unnamed. His mother, unnamed deceased, John (Age 12).
John Floyd Thomas a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He married multiple times. He had at least two children.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison.
In 1957 (Age 20/21) John Floyd Thomas started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, commit acts of necrophilia, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. John Floyd Thomas used a blindfold or simiar method of covering the victim's eyes. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and children in Los Angeles, California where he worked as a claims adjuster at State Compensation Insurance Fund, where he was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on March 31st 2009 (Age 72), convicted on April 1st 2011 (Age 74), sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California, US.
John Floyd Thomas has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 3 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. Serial Killer Necrophiliacs have been known to have sex with the body of their victim(s).
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Name:||John Floyd Thomas, Jr.|
|Nickname:||Westside Rapist, The Southland Strangler|
|Victims:||5 - 25|
|Years Active:||1957 - 2009|
|Ages Active:||20/21 - 72/73|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1936 -|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♌ Leo |
Jul 23 - Aug 23
|Marital Status:||married multiple times|
|Children:||at least two children|
|Living With:||his wife and children in Los Angeles, California where he worked as a claims adjuster at State Compensation Insurance Fund|
|D.O.B.:||Jul 26, 1936|
|Birth Location:||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Raised By:||his mother until (Age 12), his aunt and a godmother until adulthood|
|Mother:||unnamed deceased, John (Age 12)|
|Arrested:||Mar 31, 2009 (Age 72)|
|Convicted:||Apr 1, 2011 (Age 74)|
|Sentence:||seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole|
|Prison Location:||Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California, US|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer John Floyd Thomas. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Jul 26 1936||John Floyd Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California, US. #19360726|
|Jul 26 1956|
|John Floyd Thomas started his serial killing spree. #1957|
|Jul 26 1966|
|Jul 26 1976|
|Jul 26 1986|
|Jul 26 1996|
|Jul 26 2006|
|John Floyd Thomas ended his serial killing spree. #2009|
|Mar 31 2009|
|John Floyd Thomas arrested. #20090331|
|Apr 01 2011|
|John Floyd Thomas was convictedand sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California, US. #20110401|
|Jul 26 2016|
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John Floyd Thomas Jr. (born July 26, 1936) is an American serial killer, serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole convicted of the murders of seven women in the Los Angeles area during the 1970s and 1980s, and suspected by police of 10 to 15 more.
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