Dean Phillip Carter (born August 30, 1955) is a convicted serial killer currently housed on San Quentin, California's Death row. He has been convicted (in two separate trials) of the murder of four women: Susan Knoll, Jillette Mills, Bonnie Guthrie, and Janette Cullins. Carter was born the illegitimate son of a half-Eskimo woman in Nome, Alaska. He was adopted by a former police and fire chief in Nome. When he was 12, Carter was declared a delinquent child and committed to a youth camp, from which he attempted to run away at least three times. He later was placed in a foster home. Carter's crimes continued and 'by the time he was 14 or 15, he was a fairly confirmed burglar.' He later served adult prison terms in Oregon for auto theft and in Alaska for burglary. In 1980, Carter was employed by the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. TCC was a federally funded non-profit organization which operated the Video Center.
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