If this continues, America will be a bigger and bigger target for killers all around the world. In view of this, early trauma as a child causes humans to grow up with a sense of anger in them. What defines a serial killer? “The definition of a serial killer is traditionally defined as a person who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time (a cooling off period) between the murders. The motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification” (Gerdes).
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Almost every major social, biological, psychological behavioural influence that has been seriously suggested as playing a role in causing crime has been thoroughly thought as potentially contributing to the behavior of serial killers (Levin, 2008). The time period and amount of killings fluctuate depending on the individual committing the crimes. Usually, the murders happen in different geographical areas. A mass murder has a separate definition than a serial killer, because a serial killer has a “cooling off” period, where mass murders kill several individual in a single event. Each of a serial killer’s killings temporary gratifies whatever provokes the killer’s actions, and each subsequent killing terminates a separate sequence of behaviors.
For whatever reason, serial killing is clearly on the rise, with the term itself coined only since the mid-1970’s, so perhaps 300 active serial killers at one time could be unfortunately possible. The number of serial killing in the U.S. is staggering. There are important differences between serial killers and other types of murderers. Motives... ... middle of paper ... ...e considered evil by their repeated acts of violence. An interesting point is that both Gacy and Dahmer had run-ins with the law prior to becoming serial killers.
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