7 Killers Who Did It for the Money

It’s long been said that greed can be a powerful motivator, but it’s still chilling, the lengths some people are willing to go to get their hands on some cash. Here are seven criminals who famously committed horrible crimes, all in the name of money.

Karl Karlsen

Talk about cold-blooded. Karl Karlsen killed not one, but two of his family members for insurance money.

In 2013, the 55 year-old New York father admitted to rigging a jacked-up truck to fall and crush his 23-year-old son Levi, who was working beneath it, after taking out a $700,000 life insurance policy on him. While he was serving 15 to life for that crime, he was also investigated for killing his wife Christina Karlsen, whose 1991 death in a house fire had previously been ruled accidental.

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After Karlsen’s second wife went to authorities with suspicions about her husband’s involvement in Levi’s death, authorities in California reopened the cold case and Karlsen was charged yet again with first-degree murder. However, due to the lengthy state extradition process, Karlsen has yet to set foot in a California courtroom.