One of the biggest reasons seems to be a need for sexual release. Sexual pleasure achieved only through violent acts was one reason why he killed couples. His hunt for his victims would be the “foreplay”, when he tortured and killed the victims, that was the sexual release. Greysmith stated that this was due to the fact that love and violence are somewhat intertwined. The Zodiac Killer is a sexual satanist, which means they have a tendency to be very intelligent and proficient at concealing their identity.
They are thrill seekers, literally fearless.” (Scott). Similarly, for all serial killers, murder is either a natural or passion-filled choice that they make. Although, the types of serial killers and skill level vary immensely. Serial killers are typically classified by their social and organizational skills, or lack of it. Oddly enough, a serial killer has a regular mental behavior as well, whe... ... middle of paper ... ...anently struck fear in innocent people all around the world, and while it may never be possible to prove why these certain people felt driven to kill, defining the characteristics of a serial killer makes it easier to better recognize their motives, methods and marks apart from other types of criminals.
In determining the causes and motivations behind both the offender and the victims, theories of deviance leave little to be speculated on when placing blame on either psychological or social factors. The positivist view of deviance places emphasis on individual's behavior being manipulated by outside forces (Goode, 2007, p. 23). Individual's are unable to contend with these outside forces which are beyond their control. Criminals and other deviants are created through biological defects which were responsible for their behavior, as it was something inherently organic and passed on through birth. The self-control theory of crime was developed by Travis Hirshi and Michael Gottfredson, two famous criminologists.
'These highly allusive predators are meticulous in planing and disposing of any evidence that will link them to the crime '(Kelleher p. 20). Due to a strong cultural bias, society often disinvolves or denies the very existence of a female serial killer. Whereas the male serial killer has been regularly lionized by his outrageous exploits, the female serial killer is typically ignored, viewed as an anomaly (Kelleher p.xi) Closing: Who are these people? What makes them so different from the rest of us? Why do they commit these shocking crimes?
It is through the use of pornography that enabled and motivated Ted Bundy’s sadistic sexual fantasy and thus to kill. Furthermore, Bundy’s motivations both reify and challenge popular understandings of serial killing. For instance, Bundy reifies popular beliefs and understandings that are perpetuated in the media, in that most serial killers are motivated by sexual sadistic fantasies. This can be seen from Ted Bundy’s motives, as it was his addiction to pornography that ultimately motivated him to act out his sadistic fantasies that he had been exposed to from pornographic magazines (Anderson, 1994, p. 11). However, this pornographic motive also challenges popular understandings of serial killing in that most killers commit serial crimes as a result of poor or abusive parenting.
Some conventional criminals are involved in raping, others like to be involved in arson, either way it is not the organized white-color crime that non-conventional criminals are involved in. Another difference between the two types of criminals as Stephanie Knox has pointed out in her discussion post from week 6, is a conventional criminal uses more violence than the non-conventional criminal. Not only are they committing a murder, but they are doing so in a sadistic way. Devin Moore was a fan of using guns and pretending he was in a video game murdering people, specifically cops, while driving recklessly. Non-conventional criminal would rather steal your money without you knowing.
John Wayne Gacy was sentenced to 12 death sentences and 21 life sentences. He was put to death May 10, 1994, by lethal injection. Another serial killer that we discussed was Theodore “Ted” Bundy. Bundy was also an American serial killer who confessed to the murder of 36 young women. However, investigators believe that he killed up to 100 or more women.
The prevalence of serial killer’s date back to mid-1970’s in the midst of catastrophic events. Disguised as charming and intelligent human beings yet very twisted in nature and bear pernicious tendencies in the soul. The exaggerated descriptions of serial killers in popular culture play a mitigating role in how society views serial killers in the 21st century, it has blurred truth in the eyes of many individuals. In most cases, investigated by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) serial killers usually hold victim’s captive for day, months, even years, and torture them physically or emotionally. What I do not understand is how can any human being find this fascinating; however, guilty as charged I find them fascinating as well due to their
Dahmer was later convicted of the murder for seventeen boys and men all of which were either of Asian or African American descent between the ages of fourteen and thirty-one. Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to fifteen terms of a life sentence totaling 957 years in prison, however once in prison he was later beaten to death by an African American
On February 6th, 1980, after eight years of serial murders, Gacy went on trial for killing nearly 40 young men. After multiple appeals, Gacy was executed by lethal injection at the Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois on May 10th, 1944, controversially being the worst serial killer in history. Overall, serial killers like Gacy haunt the world, hurting anyone in their path for their own personal satisfaction. Furthermore, society as a whole ponder on the plausible scheme or implication of a serial killer's rationale and overall motive, fully examining and identifying these horrific begins one by one. Analyzation in conduct with statistics, history, and psychological evaluation of past serial killers, we can efficiently recognize these extremely repellent individuals of society, and prevent further tragic events from