Serial Killers As A Serial Killer

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There have been many serial killer cases that have attracted the attention of not only the media but of mental health experts as well. Many experts from a variety of different fields have come together to answer one question: Why did they do it? It is believed that most, if not all, serial killers have a mental illness, motives, and/or trauma during their lives that made them start killing. Serial killers are not only the effect of nurture but also nature. The environment of their country, the United States is our focus, can cause the number of serial killers to increase especially if the country itself is unstable. To start understanding why serial killers kill, we should first understand what a serial killer is. A serial killer is defined as a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern. According to psychology today, “a serial killer is someone who commits at least three murders over more than a month with an emotional cooling off period in between.” According to the official FBI crime Classification Manual form 1992, a serial murder is defined as “three or more separate events in three or more separate locations with an emotional cooling-off period between homicides.” This particular definition underlines 3 major elements: 1. Quantity. There have to be at least three murders 2. Place. The murders have to occur at different locations. 3. Time. There has to be a “cooling-off period”-an interval between the murders that can last anywhere from several hours to several years. However, according to the National Institutes of Justice, that definition is too broad and overly narrow at the same time so they formulated another definition,... ... middle of paper ... ...of serial killers that The United States has is slighter larger than 3,204. There are many misconceptions and myths regarding serial killers and a lot of those are being debunked as we speak. According to Serial Murder, several myths are: 1. Serial killers are all dysfunctional loners. 2. Serial killers are all white males. 3. Serial killers are only motivated by sex. 4. All serial killers travel and operate interstate. 5. Serial killers cannot stop killing. 6. All serial killers are insane or are evil geniuses. 7. Serial killers want to get caught. Many serial killers actually live in plain sight and often have a family and a home; They are employed and appear to be normal members of the community. Oftentimes, they are overlooked by law enforcement because they blend in so effortlessly which, in turn, means they can't be reclusive and social misfits that live alone.

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