Analysis of Serial Killers

3093 Words13 Pages
Analysis of Serial Killers Serial killers are one of the most fascinating and morbid groups of people to study. A serial killer as defined by Brian and Wilfred Gregg in The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers is someone who kills 3 or more people with sufficient time intervals between each known as a cooling off period. The style and motivation of the killings can vary greatly. I choose serial killers for this project because the idea of someone killing another human being on numerous occasions seemed so out there, so fringe, it just had to be studied. Listen to this letter from one of this centuries most infamous serial killers David Berkowitz (1976-1977) AKA "Son of Sam." "I am deeply hurt by your calling me a weman-hater. I am not. But I am a monster. I am the "son of Sam". I am a little brat. When father Sam gets drunk he gets mean. He beats our family. Sometimes he ties me up to the back of the house. Other times he locks me in the garage. Sam loves to drink blood. "Go out and kills" commands father Sam. Behind our house some rest. Mostly young - raped and slaughtered - their blood drained - just bones now. Pap Sam keeps me locked in the attic too. I can't get out but I look out the attick window and watch the world go by. I feel like an outsider. I am on a different wavelength then everybody else - programmed to kill...... Mr. Borelli, sir, I don't want to kill any more. No sur, no more but I must, "honour thy father". I want to make love to the world. I love people. I don't belong on earth. Return me to yahoos. To the people of Queens, I love you. And I want to wish all of you a happy Easter. May God bless you in this life and in the next. And for now I say goodbye and goodnight. Police: Let me haunt... ... middle of paper ... ... Park: Sage. 1988. Langevin, Ron. "The Serial Killer." In Ann Wolber Burgess (Ed.), Rape and Sexual Assault III: A Research Handbook, New York: Garland. 1991. Ressler, Robert. Sexual Homicide. Lexington: DC Heath & Company. 1988. Sexual Abuse Sources: Dubner, Steven J. "Portrait of a Serial Killer." New York. 1992. Orford, Jim. Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1985. Ressler, Robert. Sexual Homicide. Lexington: DC Heath & Company. 1988. Worthington, Peter. "The Journalist and the Killer." 1993. Fantasy Sources: Drukteinis, Albert M. "Contemporary Psychiatry: Serial Murder--The Heart of Darkness." 1992. Ressler, Robert. Sexual Homicide. Lexington: DC Heath & Company. 1988. Conclusion Sources: Holmes, Ronald M. & De Burger, James. Serial Murder. Newbury Park: Sage. 1988.
Open Document