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.
Steve Hodel wrote about the murders and family life of Dr. George Hill Hodel, analyzing his father’s actions and any evidence that was preserved after his death to prove his guilt. This book provided numerous firsthand accounts with George Hodel and detailed reliable evidence in proving the evils that he committed. I was able to use examples of Hodel’s crimes to prove his behavior was based on his psychopathology. Larson, Daniel. "Serial Murderers: The Construction."
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). Investigations of these horrendous crimes can sometimes be hindered by publicity; if the chief of police is under pressure to get answers out to the press, important information or strategies may be leaked and would cause more problems for police (Dietz 478).
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The motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification” (Gerdes). Serial killers have specific traits to them that make them stick out from other mass murderers. Serial killers commonly have a meaning behind their killing. It is rare to see a serial killer killing just to kill. Most serial killers have a c... ... middle of paper ... ...nd no way right, but, most of the time the urge to kill for them roots from somewhere.
Rivalry and tension among his many enemies were the driving causes of Shakur’s death. Even those whom he once called friends may have turned on him as a result of jealousy or revenge. Of all the theories regarding Tupac Shakur’s unsolved murder, the theory most likely to be true is that he was killed by the Crips. Immediately after Tupac Shakur’s murder the night of September 7, 1996, possible suspects were targeted and investigated. Among the earliest accused was Suge Knight, the creator of Death Row Records (Scott 183).
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.
Gary Ridgway is the nation’s most abundant serial killer, with the highest murder rate in America’s history (Gibson). To better understand the case of Gary Ridgway it is important to comprehend a bit more about serial killers in general. Serial murders are extremely heinous crimes that are known to draw in the attention of the public. Serial murder is “the killing of three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a significant cooling-off period” (Knight). There have been numerous studies done by researchers to try and determine what exactly makes up the mind of a serial killer to lead them to do such things.
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