Their targets may also come in specific groups. More than occasionally, a mass murderer will take his own life after his urge to kill is over. This is possibly because authorities recognize the killer is unstable and are likely to shoot the killer in order to protect themselves. A typical mass murderer uses a semi-automatic weapon and plots his murders to be made in a school, university, or restaurant (murder 1). Serial killers commonly attack a single target at a time one on one.
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. Then there’s Freddy Krueger, he gets revenge and kills people in their dreams, causing their death in the real world as well.
'; I personally have come to the conclusion that they are both murderers and victims. I. Definition: 'Serial murder'; has long been a term used to describe those human beings that repeatedly commit heinous crimes. It is rare that the average person probes the mind of a serial killer without bias. However, what lies behind the eyes of a serial killer deserves more than the cold hard look that society so often gives (Aaronson, Inter... ... middle of paper ... ...r from the truth.
A lust murderer is someone who killed because sex is the primary motive. They usually use weapons, such as knives or hands, to get close contact with their victims. Edmund Kemper, the Co-ed Killer, might be one great example of a lust killer. He wasn’t a rapist, but a murderer and necrophilia. He explained in one of his interviews that he had decided to have both a situation of rape and murder with no witnesses, Beroldingen confirms.
Many people have a lot of trouble trying to understand exactly why serial killers do what they do, but in the killers minds they have certain motives that make sense to them. Holmes and DeBurger were two men who characterized serial murderers based on their motives. They “explain that the reward for killing is generally psychological even though some killers may benefit materially from their crimes” (Hickey, 2002). The first type of serial killers they described were the visionary type. These killers would be motivated by the commands,voices, or visions of some type of good or evil force.
“Over the years, the media has assembled an almost generic profile for [serial killers]: They’re white male outcasts. They’re evil geniuses and sexual predators who target women and children” (Mysteries 128). Many people would generalize serial killers into those three categories, but in reality, serial killers come in all different variations and have their own reasons behind their madness. Serial killers’ behaviors and personalities have perplexed and intrigued society over the years, and has the public wondering what drives them to commit the violent crimes that they do. Psychological disorders have been proven to have an effect on the behaviors of killers.
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.
"The visionary type [is] described as killers who are classified as 'psychotic” ' (Morton, Tillman, & Gaines, 2014, p. 5). (Not be confused with psychopathic.) These killers receive commands from voices, or communicate with gods or other beings who demand the offender commit murder. They almost always fall into the FBI’s 'disorganized ' category of serial killers because of the mental illness and impulsivity that drives their criminal offenses. They are not thoughtful planners like their 'organized ' counterparts… Moreover, visionary killers are said to be 'act focused ' because the act of killing itself is their immediate goal.
Serial killings are separated from mass murder by a cool-off period and the crimes being committed over several locations. Not all serial killers are the same, they all have different motives for their senseless killing. Thrill seekers, power/controllers, lust killers, visionaries, and mission-oriented killers are the main people who kill with these motives. Thrill
Serial killers murder individuals because they believe, and feel, that the act will fulfill them and they will continue to murder people as long as they can (Douglas 191). The definition of serial killer may be distinguished from that of a spree killer and/or mass murderer through a variety of factors. Whereas a spree killer will murder a number of victims at different places over a short period of time and a mass murderer will plan an endgame strategy in which he or she does not expect to survive, a serial killer will hunt humans primarily for sexual thrill that they derive from the act (14) It is not often that law enforcement officials and behavioral scientists are able to get a first hand glimpse into the worlds of a serial killer at the time that the attacks are taking place (Arrigo 98). One of the factors that may prevent law enforcement officials and behavioral scientists from observing serial murders at the time they occur is the cooling off period often exhibited by the criminals perpetrating the crime. Because a serial k... ... middle of paper ... ...equently revive them in order to strangle them to death (114).