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Albert Fish: Serial Killer - Imagine a peaceful day in your little town that you can call your home. There are children playing, the sounds of birds chirping and people working. Little do you know that the peacefulness of your town will forever be disrupted by one man and that man is Albert Fish. Albert Fish was a serial killer who killed in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Albert Fish was born on May 19, 1870 to Randall Fish who was forty three years older than Albert’s mother. This age difference might be why he was so attracted to these young children....   [tags: Serial Killers]
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Gender and Serial Killers - The stereotype that exists for individuals who commit serial murder is one that mainly includes males of a specific race. However, it is now known that white males are not the only individuals who commit serial murder. Men and women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic statuses have been found to be serial murderers. Although this information has been presented to society, the cultural schema of the white male serial killer is still prevalent. The assumptions that involve serial murderers often include two aspects, the serial murderer is male and the serial murder is a type of “lust murder”, often involving sexual crimes by a sadist (Keeney and Heide, 1995)....   [tags: Female Serial Murderers]
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SERIAL KILLER EDWARD GEIN - SERIAL KILLER EDWARD GEIN Serial murder is viewed as multiple murders within a given period of time. In United States of America, serial killing is neither a unique aspect nor new to the population. Since history, serial killers have been recorded around the globe. For a number of years, intellectuals, law enforcers, media and mental health professionals have thoroughly conducted investigation regarding serial killing. These groups have for a long time tried to understand the multifarious issues regarding serial killing investigations....   [tags: FBI, manhunt, serial murder]
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Gary Ridgway: Serial Killer - In 1982, police received a call about a body floating in the Green River in Salt Lake City, Utah (it was just one of many bodies that they were going to find). Police were stunned when they started receiving more calls about bodies found in parks, play grounds, and near highways. When police learned that all of the victims were prostitutes, they knew this was a key piece of evidence in their investigation. No one could have ever known that Gary Ridgway just started one of the largest killing sprees in American history....   [tags: Serial Killer Essays]
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A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Mind Of A Serial Killer - Kent Kiehl from the University of New Mexico, says, “one in one hundred people is a serial killer” A deep experiment and deep understanding definition of a serial killer varies from brain functions, and how the different compartments work with each other to make the person who they are. From a start the separation from a serial killer to an average person begins with the Amygdala, two nuggets of tissue one at each half of the brain, this is the Brains Central Command Center, yet they are no bigger than a thumbnail, and is what processes the emotions of any act the human has committed....   [tags: Serial Killer Essays]
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Serial Killers: H. H. Holmes - As if molded directly from the depths of nightmares, both fascinating and terrifying. Serial killers hide behind bland and normal existences. They are often able to escape being caught for years, decades and sometimes an eternity. These are America’s Serial Killers (America’s Serial Killers). “Even when some of them do get caught, we may not recognize what they are because they don’t [sic] match the distorted image we have of serial killers” (Brown). What is that distorted image. That killers live among everyday life, they are the ones who creep into someone’s life unknowingly to torture and kill them....   [tags: Serial Killers Essays] 2489 words
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Brilliant Serial Killer Jack the Ripper - It is widely debated over whether the infamous Jack the Ripper is none other than Herman Webster Mudgett, the deranged, murderous, and somewhat brilliant serial killer who went by the alias of Dr. H. H. Holmes. The Ripper was able to evade captivity in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888, killing five victims from August 1888 to November of 1888. Whitechapel was a low income area of London where unemployment and poverty were extremely high. Women were prostituting themselves out, therefore putting themselves at a higher risk of being murdered because they were voluntarily going into dark areas of the city....   [tags: murder, serial killer, captivity]
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A Critical Analysis of Healthcare Serial Killers - Serial murder, which is defined as “the unlawful killing of two or more victims, by the same offenders, in separate events”(Lubaszka & Shon, 2013, p. 1), is a term that American society has become quite familiar with. At a ripe age, parents begin teaching their children not to talk to strangers in hopes of shielding them from the potential evil our world has to offer, but what if I told you the serial killer may not always be the scary man driving a van and offering candy. Our society, like it does most things, has placed a stigma upon serial killers....   [tags: serial murders, deviance, social control]
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The Media's Representation of Dexter, the Ethical Serial Killer - I placed the knife on the table and turned around, pinning my gaze inside the plastic wrapped room that I had carefully prepared. An agonized face glared back at me, blue eyes burned beneath the black eyebrows. “What the hell is this?” I carelessly studied the forehead which tightened and twitched with tension and my gaze wandered off to his left cheek. “This... is the moment of truth.” I replied to his cry with ease. He was breathing heavily. Oh, this felt so good. It has been a very long time since I let my dark passenger come out to play....   [tags: media, serial killers, identity,] 1527 words
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Two Articles on the Motives and Mind of a Serial Killer - The mind of a serial killer can be very interesting in being able to find out what makes them want to do what they do. Knowing if someone was abused as a child and if this makes them more likely to become a serial killer or not become a serial killer is something I was very curious to learn about. Something that happens in a person’s childhood can affect the way they act when they become adults. I found two sources talking about childhood abuse and serial killers. The first source was an internet article entitled “Serial Killer Motives” found on the website How Stuff Works and was written by Shanna Freeman....   [tags: Abuse, Neglect, and Serial Killers]
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Serial Killer - Serial killer is a person who kills three or more people with a cooling off period between murders and these murders may go on for a period of months or years. The murders that this person commits may have similar fashion or the victims may have something in common, for example, occupation, race, appearance, sex, or age group. Psychology is the science and study of human behavior and mental processes. Moreover, it is the study of human minds and its function. Krafft-Ebing (1886) found that the serial killer had been through cruelty of animal; enjoy the torture and the pain of their victim during his or her childhood period....   [tags: Serial Killer Essays] 830 words
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Factors of Gary Ridgway Becoming A Serial Killer - Gary Ridgway What are the root causes of a person becoming a serial killer. There have been many different serial killers over the past years, but only one is the infamous “Green River Killer.” Gary Ridgway was dubbed the “Green River Killer” because many of his first victims were found near the Green River in Washington. There are many factors which contribute as to why a person turns and takes their anger out on other people. Some people have a normal childhood with a loving family, while some are not so lucky....   [tags: Biography, Serial Killer, Criminal]
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The Black Widow Serial Killer Who Killed All Of Her Lovers - Even though it is a very rare form of killing, serial murder has been a topic of interest in the eyes of countless observers. However, the exact guidelines for serial murder have been hard to pin-point because each killer has a unique way of committing the deed. Vera Renczi was a female serial killer who “was convicted of thirty-five murders and sentenced to life imprisonment” during the 1930s (Vera Renczi – The Black Widow Serial Killer Who Killed All Of Her Lovers). She killed every one of the men in her life, including her son, by poisoning them with arsenic in fear that they were betraying her trust (Vera Renzci)....   [tags: serial murder, serial killer, vera renczi] 655 words
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Serial Killers: Is Pure Evil Born or Made? - By 1978, roughly thirty women were dead and mutilated by the same man with little explanation as to why. Ted Bundy, one of the most infamous serial killers in history brutally took the lives of numerous women for seemingly no reason at all. His justification for these murders was simply that he felt like committing them. A serial killer is defined as someone who has killed more than three people over a period of a month or more for seemingly no reason at all. Most serial killers have no real motive for killing; for them it is an urge that they must satisfy....   [tags: ted bundy, serial killer, abusive childhood]
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The Biology of a Serial Killer - The year is 1967 and Theodore Bundy, an average American college student has fallen in love with Stephanie, a dark haired co-ed of the same state university. He convinces her to go on a few dates, but she quickly loses interest, later citing his lack of ambition. The rejection on his heels, Bundy shifts gears and spends the next six years of his life transforming himself into the law student of her dreams. When they meet again Bundy holds the upper hand and Stephanie falls in love. A short time after the small wedding ceremony Bundy abandons Stephanie during a ski vacation and she never hears from him again.(2) In the context of this short historical blip from the life of America's mo...   [tags: Chaos Theory and the Serial Killer]
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Dr. H. H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer - Erick Larson wrote in Devil in the White City, “I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing – I was born with the Evil One standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered in the world, and he has been with me since” (Troy, Taylor). This statement was a quoted confession from Dr. H. H. Holmes himself in 1896. Holmes was the first major serial killer in America, even though he came after many others in his time....   [tags: legal issues, serial killer]
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Research into the Mind of Serial Killers - The criminal homicide rate for the United States is currently at its lowest rate during the last forty years (6.3 per 100,000 people in 1998: Bureau of Justice Statistics); yet according to the media and entertainment fields, homicide is reaching epidemic proportions. Unfortunately these fields tend to exploit the concept of homicide in American society, rather than attempting to understand and control it. No where is this more prevalent than in the study of a small subset of criminal homicide referred to as serial murder....   [tags: Serial Killers Murder Violence Psychology Essays] 5385 words
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Serial Killers and Mass Murderers - Serial Killers and Mass Murderers Mass Murderers and Serial Killers are nothing new to today’s society. These vicious killers are all violent, brutal monsters and have an abnormal urge to kill. What gives people these urges to kill. What motivates them to keep killing. Do these killers get satisfaction from killing. Is there a difference between mass murderers and serial killers or are they the same. How do they choose their victims and what are some of their characteristics. These questions and many more are reasons why I was eager to write my paper on mass murderers and serial killers....   [tags: Murder Violence Crime Serial Killers Essays]
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Serial Killers: Nature vs. Nurture - Serial Killers: Nature vs. Nurture The question of whether or not man is predetermined at birth to lead a life of crime is a question that has been debated for decades. Are serial killers born with the lust for murder, or are their desires developed through years of abuse and torment. Many believe it is impossible for an innocent child to be born with the capability to commit a horrible act such as murder. But at the same time, how could we have corrupted society so much as to turn an innocent child into a homicidal maniac....   [tags: Serial Murder Killing Crime Essays]
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Serial Killer Richard Ramirez - Serial Killer Richard Ramirez Crescendo of Terror Late in the 20th Century, Hell glutted on humanity. Its first bloodletting of that season of the Devil occurred on the warm evening of June 28, 1984, when an earth-bound Lucifer found his way into the small Glassel Park apartment of 79-year-old Jennie Vincow. Throughout the Los Angeles area a damp humidity had oppressed the air that day, and when the evening came and the temperature slightly cooled, Jennie left her window open to invite what little breeze there might be into her flat....   [tags: Serial Killers Violence Crime Murder Essays] 4254 words
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Edmund Emil Kemper Iii: The Life Of A Serial Killer - Edmund Emil Kemper III was born on December 13, 1948 in Burbank, CA. He was born to the union of Edmund E. Kemper Jr. and Clarnell Strandberg. After his parents divorced, Clarnell took Kemper along with his two sisters to live by her very high standards and abusive ways. She berated Kemper mentally by having him sleep in a windowless basement because she feared of the harm he may cause to his sisters. In turn, this caused the hatred that he had for her to fester and turn into hatred against all women....   [tags: Serial Killer Murderer] 1047 words
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Serial Killer Gerard John Schaefer Jr. - Gerard John Shaefer Jr., was born into an eventually troubled family on March 25, 1946 in Wisconsin, however he lived most of his early life in Georgia. He was the oldest of three children and was born to a week willed mother and an extremely abusive and adulterous father. At the age of fourteen he, and his family, moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated high school in 1964 from St. Aquinas High School after which he attended Broward Community College. He had a brief, two year marriage with Martha Fogg....   [tags: Criminal, Biography, Serial Killer]
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Is a Serial Killer Born or Created? - Serial killers have many frightening facets. The most frightening thing about them is that experts still do not know what makes a human become a serial killer. Many experts believe serial killers become what they are because they have a genetic disposition or brain abnormality while other experts believe that a serial killer is created by childhood abuse; and some other experts believe that it is a combination of both brain abnormalities and abusive childhood experiences that creates a serial killer....   [tags: genetic disposition, child abuse]
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Studies on The Childhood of Serial Killers - A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a "cooling off" period between each murder, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification. Most people do not understand what can make a person want to kill multiple people for no reason other than own satisfactional gain. In actuality serial killers have been studied for over hundreds of years, and the information that has been documented continues to grow. The research that I have gathered about serial killers focuses on their childhood development, the differences and similarities between men and female serial kills, and finally general information on ho...   [tags: murder, killing animals, abused]
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The Circumstances Involving Serial Killers - Serial killers differ from other types of murderers. The number of serial killers in the U.S. is staggering. Differences are clear between serial killing and conventional murders. Serial killing can be classified as either motive based or organizational and social based. The Holmes Typology helps to understand the motivations behind serial killing. Serial killers may be even motivated by fame as part of their motivation for killing. John Wayne Gacy could be seen as evil due to his repeated violent acts....   [tags: a special type of murderers]
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How Serial Killers came to be - A serial killer is traditional defined as the separate killings of three or more people by an individual over a certain period of time, usually with breaks between the murders. (Angela Pilson, p. 2, 2011) This definition has been accepted by both the police and academics and therefore provides a useful frame of reference (Kevin Haggerty, p.1, 2009). The paper will seek to provide the readers with an explanation of how serial killers came to be and how they are portrayed in the media. Several serial killers have a definitive and common personality profile....   [tags: murders, killing, ted bundy. media]
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The Study of Serial Killers - Why do people kill one another. This is a question most people ask themselves when they hear someone has been killed. Sometimes a person kills another person because a part of his or her brain is wrong; other times it’s something far worse. (1: SV; SV.) Serial killers commit heinous crimes because of a couple things: the person either has a personality disorder, or because of decreased connectivity within that person’s brain. (3: SV: SV.) There really isn’t a set definition for the term “serial killer.” “The term ‘serial killings’ means a series of three or more killings, not less than one of which was committed within the Untied States, having common characteristics such as to suggest the...   [tags: brain, personality, kill, person]
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The Mind of a Serial Killer - Serial murder is one of the most baffling crimes that occur in the U.S. and all over the world. Knight (2006) defines serial murder as the killing of three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a significant cooling-off period. The cooling off period may be weeks, months or even years long. Researchers have proposed various psychological, biological and sociological theories that offer a partial understanding of the nature of serial murder. Some propose that the basis for criminal behavior is a predisposition to violence as well as a mix between environment, personality traits and biological factors....   [tags: Criminology ]
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The Making of a Serial Killer - Not to be confused with psychopaths, psychosis is also a cause of serial killers. Psychotic patients, unlike psychopaths, have lost their sense of reality (Brogaard). For example, Carl “Coral” Eugene Watts was charged with strangling twelve woman with many more suspected victims because he believed they had “evil in their eyes” (Brogaard). Psychotic serial killers mostly tend to be either, schizophrenic or bipolar (Brogaard). Richard Trenton Chase was a schizophrenic who believed the Nazis were after him with poison that would turn his blood to powder (Brogaard)....   [tags: psychosis, psychopaths, sense]
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Characteristics of a Serial Killer - In the sick minds of those who murder, pain and death are twisted into a passion to kill. Unlike a “normal” individual, serial killers rely on murdering to fulfill their craving of their gruesome thrills and addiction. Most of society incorrectly views serial killers because of how they are portrayed on television. For example, Dexter is a handsome serial killer who does lead a normal life but, he takes it upon himself to rid all of the “bad guys” in the world in order to accomplish his need to kill....   [tags: Murder, Death, Childhood]
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The Reality of Serial Killers - Mainstream media has idolized murder in today’s world by reporting the stories continuously, therefore making serial killers believe that if they kill, they will be famous. Some lust murderers have even been known to return to the crime and move the body to a location that will insure the discovery of the victim (Dietz 478). Many serial killers keep up with the news and media hoping to hear about their crime, but when the victim has not been found, the killer feels disappointed. The need for publicity of the crime reveals desire to terrorize the whole community instead of one specific person (Dietz 478)....   [tags: psychopathic behavior, psychology, profiling]
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What Makes a Serial Killer? - Carl Panzram, also known as Jeff Rhodes and John O’Leary, had an obsessive hatred for the human race that bordered on the maniacal. This loathing for himself and his fellow-man was taken out in a lifetime of murder and mayhem. What would make someone prey upon other humans. A serial killer is a unique person that becomes one through many factors such as genetic impairments, environmental issues, and childhood events; through many examples these are common in almost all. Almost all people know who serial killers are, but what exactly defines a serial killer....   [tags: psychopaths, sociopath]
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The Psychology of Serial Killers Today - ... Being abandoned at birth, then reclaimed approximately a month later, then proceeding to being told that his sister was his mother, and other traumatic events that occurred in the early formative years of his life may have possibly contributed to his eventual voyeurism, murders, and even necrophilia. Due to the traumatic stress this man had endured, the areas of his brain implicated in the stress response showed evidence that due to the harmful effects of stress and eventful childhood experience, it greatly affected the outcome of the murderous man....   [tags: violence, criminology, psychological profiling]
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The Cause of Serial Killers - ... With DeSalvo’s monstrous adolescence, he was arrested as a teen for burglary and breaking and entering. Later on, he decided to join the army, where he meets his future wife while stationed in Germany. While in Germany, he molests a nine-year-old girl; no charges were pressed, but he was honorably discharged from the Army. After being discharged from the Army, DeSalvo would often rob banks whenever he was short on money (Biography). DeSalvo was known to the world as many things, but infamously known as The Boston Strangler....   [tags: upbringings, trauma, death, abuse, neglect]
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Serial Killers and Criminal Justice - ... These problems have been linked to their social issues, mental disorders, and masseurs that they contributed to. Due to these unambiguous health circulations, modern day forensic scientists have pushed forward in an attempt to put a halt to each and every outburst. While trying to attempt to terminate any and every outpour of mass killings, forensic scientists have tremendously improved the section of DNA analysis since research in the year 1985 when this process what first introduced. Initially, DNA samples that were small or degraded were of no use....   [tags: forensic sciences]
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Serial Killers Modus Operandi - Serial Killers' Modus Operandi A plethora of serial killers, dead and undead, have been most horrifying in their methods. There are several types of serial killers, some have been caught while others continue to haunt their surroundings. There are several approaches in categorizing serial killers. One method requires examination of the crime scene, the other requires counseling with the serial killer. In profiling a serial killer, law enforcers realize that serial killers are not unlike regular people; there are several exceptions like schizophrenics but most of them look like everyone else....   [tags: Criminology ]
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What are Serial Killers? - Serial killers have been a major problem in the United States for a long time. We don’t know why they kill human beings, but many people are trying to figure out why. A serial killer is a person that has murdered three or more people over a period of a month. There is also a period of time between the murders know as the “cooling off period”. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there have been approximately four hundred serial killers in the United States within the past century. The number of these murderers have increased over the past thirty years, with around eighty percent of them emerging since 1950....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Homicide, Mental Illness]
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Serial Killers and Sociopathic Couples - Introduction. Women have fought for equality with men in the United States since the mid 1800s with the initiation of the woman’s rights movement. Not for special treatment, not for better opportunities, or even affirmative action, just equality. When it comes to killing, they are simply not viewed as aggressive creatures by the public. They were forced to do it, they are the victims, they must have been mentally or physically abused (Gurian 2011). There is very limited research on female serial killers, and even less so for women in partnerships with men, since they are rare cases....   [tags: history, criminology, ]
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The Beltway Snipers: Serial Killers - According to federal law The term ‘serial killings’ means a series of three or more killings, not less than one of which was committed within the United States, having common characteristics such as to suggest the reasonable possibility that the crimes were committed by the same actor or actors. Throughout history serial killers have always been a fascination among many individuals. On numerous of occasions law enforcement has tried to dive into the psyche of these killers to determine why they kill....   [tags: Murders, Assasinations, Sniper]
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What Makes a Serial Killer - It has been believed for some time that an individual becomes violent because of traumatic childhoods that were wrought with neglect and abuse. Others have argued that one becomes violent because they are mentally deranged. There have been many studies over the years to find out what causes a person to become a serial killer, but still there is no definitive cause. All serial killers are psychopaths (a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity), but not all psychopaths end up being serial killers....   [tags: Traumatic Childhoods, Murder, Homicides]
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Psychology Behind Serial Killers - It’s 1975 and a pretty young woman with long dark hair parted in the middle is working at a convenience store. An attractive man in his mid-thirties walks in, about six feet tall and with wavy brown hair. He gives her a smile and strikes up a conversation, where he is charming and charismatic. Little does she know that she’s in deep trouble. His name is Ted Bundy, one of the worst serial killers of the twentieth century, and he has a thing for attractive young women with long dark hair parted down the middle (Philbin 34)....   [tags: young woman, psychiatric illness, cruel]
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Facts About Serial Killers - When most people hear about serial killers they atomaticly think there a horrible person that just like to kill people. In actuality there is so much more about them that people don’t understand. Research on serial killers can date back to the early 1900s. there has also been a lot of sisticical information that has been learned about them would give you the percentages of how many serial killers there went at certain times, places of even which race has the most serial killers. Some of the information I learned deals with why serial killers like to kill, diffrences betwwen men and female serial killers, and the sististicl information about the regarding their race, Iq, and why American has...   [tags: theories, childhood, abnormal behavior]
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Biology of Serial Killers - Pakhomou (2004) defines a serial killer as a person who commits numerous homicides of different kinds in a repetitive manner and nature. On the other hand, Knight (2007) defines serial murder as the killing within a period of 30 days of three or more people. Such killings are committed by sadists and pervasive persons and they reflect displaced aggression, fantasies and destruction. This indicates clearly that, a serial killer doe’s not just carryout the act by being in a normal situation, but they act due to many eminent factors that lead them to carrying out the malicious act....   [tags: Criminology ]
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Causation of Serial Killers - ... These behavioral traits that Bundy exhibited made him a successful serial killer because Bundy did not feel guilt or remorse to his victims along with being manipulative and deceitful. These traits did not only result from his psychopathology, but also his childhood. In order to avoid shame of a child born out of wedlock, Bundy’s young mother taught him that his grandparents were his parents, while she took the role of his sister (Bell). Bundy was informed of this before he began serial killing women, allowing us to correlate the two events....   [tags: psychopaths, psychosis]
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Journalism and Serial Killers - The dark, ominous alleyways of London’s East End divulge a very gruesome history of women “ripped up like [pigs] in a market” (Grose). The area, once littered with the torn up remains of brutally murdered prostitutes, looms over the city as symbol for the story of one of the most notorious serial killers: Jack the Ripper. The case enthralls and captivates people’s minds even today, over 100 years later (BBC). This begs the question of how serial killers become part of history, an answer found in extensive media coverage....   [tags: Journalism, Crime, Women]
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Serial Killers: The Homolka Case - Synopsis of Homolka Case Karla Homolka is a Canadian convicted serial killer. In May of 1993, after working out a plea bargain with the Crown, she was sentenced to 12 years with 2 counts of manslaughter, to which she pleaded guilty in exchange for testifying against her husband and partner in crime, Paul Bernardo. Without her testimony, there would not have been enough evidence to convict him. In 1991, Homolka took part in the rape-murder of 14 year old Leslie Mahaffy and then the rape-murder of 15 year old Kristen French in 1992....   [tags: canadian, rapist] 1130 words
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Dennis Rader: Serial Killer - Have you ever wondered why some people love art and music, and some love science and math. These individuals love math or art because they get a sense of relaxation and excitement from these activities. Serial killers are the same way they love to kill people and have lots of different motives for why they kill them. A serial killer is a person who kills repeatedly. The one motive that drove Dennis Rader, to kill his victims was to gain power and control over them. In order to identify serial killers before they kill repeatedly, a person needs to study the characteristics that makes up this type of criminals....   [tags: Motivations, Biography, History]
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Types of Serial Killers - Ted Bundy is an American Serial Killer who made it to the FBI’s top ten most wanted fugitive list. He confessed to 30 homicides of young women between ages 17-25. On many occasions he would bludgeon the victim to death, while they were conscious or asleep. After the incidents he would visit his victim’s corpse several times and apply makeup and nail polish to beautify their decomposing bodies. Also, he would perform necrophilia until the body was too corrupted or decayed. As souvenirs, he would take polaroids of the dead victim, and confessed that he decapitated at least a dozen of his victims and kept their heads in his apartment....   [tags: emotions, guilt, violence] 823 words
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Serial Killer - Chapter Two: Definition of a Serial Killer Serial killers are people who kill three or more victims over a period of more than thirty days with a cooling off period between each murder. Their murders usually have some of the same characteristics. People who kill for fun usually have some type of mental illness. Their crimes could have maybe been prevented if their diseases were treated in time. The disease of psychopath is the least treated. Some killers often plead not guilty by reason of insanity....   [tags: Psychology, Mental Illness, ] 2354 words
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Serial Killers - Every human being has feelings and emotions. When they get frustrated, some of them cry, scream, swear, and some of them try to find peace of mind while some of them commit crime. Out of these people who commit crimes, some of them become the most dangerous criminals, known as serial killer. A serial killer is a term to describe that human being who commits series of murder. The word ‘serial killer’ was given by Robert K. Russler (FBI Investigator) in 1975 after he encountered series of murders....   [tags: Criminology ]
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Serial Murderers - We are, quite simply, fascinated with murder. All one has to do is look at the New York Times best-selling list for one novel after another based on the topic. Crime has always captivated society, and few areas of criminal activity have sustained such widely held attention as serial murder. It is a completely different form of homicide that does not fall into the motives of “normal” murder, if there is such a thing. Three major groups of serial murderers exist and are labeled as follows: the serial killer, the mass murderer, and the spree killer....   [tags: Crime] 604 words
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Psychopathic Serial Killers - Serial killers are some of the most cunning, dangerous people we have in society. Not only do they have a set of skills that helps them be manipulative, but they feel no remorse for their actions. These are the kind of people who scientists, along with the media wish to uncover. The mind of a killer is the most complex thing of all; it separates them away from the everyday society, but also draws in the curious and brave. Classifying a serial murderer is something law enforcement has been trying to figure out for years....   [tags: psychological impairment, law enforcement] 1498 words
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Female Serial Killers - His dead body was found in the woods near Daytona Beach, Florida, shot with a twenty two caliber rifle. “She ended up shooting six .22 caliber bullets into him” (McDuff 202). This is just one of the many catastrophes performed by a woman serial killer. Serial killers are a problem in the United States, murdering on average 2000 people each year (Indiana University np). “In fact, serial murder in the United States alone makes up more than three-quarters of the estimated world total” (Innes 5). Although women serial killers are not very common, they still have a huge impact on the death toll of innocent victims....   [tags: Crime & Punishment]
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The Truth About Serial and Mass Murders - ... Then in another part of the story he shows his back stage behavior. “He could open the door and look in on Anna and give her a big smile, just to let her know this was no accident, then close the door again, slam it, and return to his chair to see what happens next” (Larson 296). Profiling these characteristics is an important way to catch them sooner and end up with fewer victims. Murder sets most people on edge, whether serial or mass. But no matter the reaction they have on the community and the nation, they are two different types of killers....   [tags: different police profiles]
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Serial Killers: Monsters or Mentally Ill - Studies show that traits of a serial killer can be seen in a person at a very young age. Most warning signs go unnoticed which is why the growth of the killer continues. A thing such as animal cruelty is one of many clues inside the growth of a serial killers mind “They often start out their careers by maiming, harming, and torturing small animals.” “In extreme cases, they have been known to spend hours inflicting a slow death on animals...this is a form of control that allows them the power to crave” (Kocsis,2008) ....   [tags: arson, control, power, fire, bias]
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Serial Killer Profiling - Just as insight into the mind of the artist may be gained by examining and comparing the progression of his work, so knowledge of the mind of the serial killer can be ascertained by an examination of his canvas: The murder scene. Forensic profiling is the attempt to do just that. An investigator tries to discern information about the killer based on the information at the crime scene, deducing information about the cause from the effect. This is not an exact science, and has been often likened to an art....   [tags: Criminology ]
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Using Psychology to Find Serial Killers - ... Ed Kemper is the perfect example of how a bad upbringing can lead to serial killings. In addition, when preoffense goes into the offence, there is a motive. The three most common motives of serial killers are: domination, manipulation, and control. Again it can all stem from childhood of abuse and helplessness. An individual that kills and doesn’t want it to be publicized is usually has an indication of anger as a motive. Sometimes a reason for serial killing is to get back at a person, but not killing the source, such as Ed Kemper....   [tags: victims, profile, criminal, crime] 2544 words
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British Serial Killer - She is best known as the famous notorious British serial killer. Her crimes horrified and sickened many British families. I first heard about Beverly Allitt when I was watching TruTV. The show had a feature on Allitt and her crimes, this instantaneously caught my attention. The fact that a nurse would intentionally harm children seemed immensely ironic and riveting to me. In my eyes, a nurse was someone who cared and showed concern for a patient. Not someone who intentionally caused anguish and trauma upon innocent children....   [tags: Psychology, Allitt ] 1646 words
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The Serial Position Effect on Word Recall - The serial position effect has been studied extensively for many years. Researchers have designed a variety of different studies in order to analyze and explain both, the primacy and the recency effect. The primacy effect is the tendency for the first items presented in a series of words to be recalled more easily, or to be more influential than those presented at the end of the list. On the other end, there is also the recency effect. The recency effect is the tendency to recall the items located at the end of the list....   [tags: word recall, primacy effect, recency effect]
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Canadian Serial Killer: Robert Pickton - A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it. Unfortunately, such acts of rampage have become a prevalent factor in the Canadian culture. As a result of endless media coverage, Canadians now are constantly bombarded with numerous images of violence. Many of which often portray a victim avenging their opponent by means of force....   [tags: Violence, Canada, society, aggression] 749 words
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Serial Killer: Sean Vicent Gills - Sean Vincent Gills was born June 24, 1962, in Baton Rouge, LA to Norman and Yvonne Gillis. His father died of acholism when Gills was just a young boy. His mom working a full time job at a local television station struggled to take care of Gills. Her parents often looked at after him. As a child Gills was thought to be normal. His mother was quoted saying that “I used to call him my little blue-eyed angel. This is the person I loved most in this world.” It wasn’t until his teenage years when others began to see a different side of him....   [tags: victims, sentence, life in prison] 902 words
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Countess Elizabeth Bathory: Serial Killer - With the complexity and brutality of her crimes, Elizabeth Bathory is known as the most sadistic and prolific serial killer in the world; even more so, she stands out because she is a female that is rare: especially in the Elizabethan Era. Bathory was believed to have been responsible for the murders of 600 virgin girls. She was certain that a drop of blood would make her look youthful again, but was convinced that bathing in the blood of girls who were virgins would take years off her. Because of her personality, physical qualities, and her lack of moral/family values, Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary had the life of one of the most fascinating yet obsessive leaders in all of Transylv...   [tags: pyschology, crimes]
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Active Serial Killers: Jane Toppen - ... At first, when she liked a patient, she interfered only in small ways to insure they remained with her, but soon she began experimenting on patients with morphine and atropine. During her stay at Cambridge she is thought to have killed over a dozen patients. One noteworthy patient is a Mrs. Amelia Phinney, she is one of the only survivors of Jane Toppen’s poisonings. Amelia claimed that after her operation Jane gave her an unpleasant tasting drug that was supposedly to help with her discomfort....   [tags: poison, murdering patients, hospital] 797 words
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Serial Killer: Theodore Robert Bundy - Theodore Bundy was an infamous American serial killer who preyed upon numerous young women during the 1970s and possibly earlier. He was associated with at least 30 counts of homicide and suspected of an estimated one hundred or more. Beyond homicide, he also made it apparent that he was capable of other sinister crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and necrophilia. His most frequent method of killing was an attack with a blunt weapon to the head. However, he did not merely kill his victims; evidence concludes that each were also sexually assaulted and sodomized....   [tags: heinous crimes, homicide, impersonating]
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American Serial Killer: Albert Fish - Albert Fish, born Hamilton Howard Fish, was an American serial killer. He was born on May 19, 1870 in Washington, D.C. He said he had been named after a distant relative named, Hamilton Fish. His father, Randall Fish was 43 years older than Fish’s mother, Ellen. Randall Fish was American of English ancestry and his mother was Scots-Irish American. Randall Fish was 75 years old when Albert Fish was born. Albert Fish was the youngest of the four children. He had three siblings: Walter, Annie, and Edwin Fish....   [tags: hallucinations, mental hospitals, victms] 2422 words
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Early Indicators of Someone Becoming a Serial Killer - Introduction: The term serial killer was created in the 1970’s by a man named Robert Ressler. He chose serial killer as the name to describe a killer that murders three or more victims over a period of time because the FBI were always studying a series of cases created by the killers (Freeman, 2007). Serial killers have been around for centuries, since ancient times. There have been many studies done to try and figure out how the minds of serial killers work, so the FBI can catch them and find a way to stop them....   [tags: attributes/characteristics, animal cruelty]
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The Mind and Motivation of a Serial Killer - The mind and motivation of a serial killer Serial killers tend to be white heterosexual males in their twenties and thirties, who are sexually dysfunctional and have low self-esteem. Serial killers generally murder strangers with cooling off periods in between each murder. Serial killers are twisted in nature. Some return to the place the murder happened or the gravesite to fantasize about their deeds. Serial killers have made many excuses for their killings and behavior such as: Henry Lucas blamed his upbringing, Jeffrey Dahmer claims he was born with a “partâ€....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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