The notorious northwest. For whatever reason, the Pacific Northwest has been home to more than its fair share of notorious crimes and criminals. From grisly serial killers to brazen heists to unsolved mysteries, following are the most noteworthy crimes we could find that have come out of our region. Be warned, though, some of the descriptions of the crimes ahead are disturbing and may not be appropriate for all readers. The I-5 Killer. Previously jailed on rape charges, Woodfield roved the highway from California to Washington, often killing after being rejected by women.