Some of them have been known to mock the authorities with deliberately placed clues and taunting letters. But why would some one do these horrible things? Tis a question that has plagued many, who have attempted to understand, the mind of a serial killers. A serial killer by definition is "someone who attacks, slays/murder more than three victims one by one, during a relativly short period of time in temporally unrelated incidents (having no relations and or in a different location each time), which does have some exceptions, as in the case of E. Kemper who killed his mother and her friend in the same incident (thus not meeting the criteria of geographical seperation and and eliminating only strangers, but he is still include... ... middle of paper ... ...s. Press Lane, B. and Gregg, W. (1992). The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers.
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Then there’s Freddy Krueger, he gets revenge and kills people in their dreams, causing their death in the real world as well. Michael Meyers and Dr. Hannibal Lecter are more examples of infamous serial killers. All of these exaggerated serial killers created are not only feared in movies and television shows, but in real life too. Many of these movies and television shows try to make our minds believe that these fictional killers and scenarios are real. Contrary to popular belief and fictional movies, there’s no way to “tell” a serial killer by their appearance.
Serial killers are different (and more dangerous) than normal criminals. Most murders are done out of passion, but serial killers just kill for the joy of it. According to the FBI, a serial killer is someone who has killed a minimum of three people (Philbin 3), but there are a lot more characteristics that make someone be truly categorized as a serial killer. According to Scott, most of the victims of serial killers are strangers and the killings appear random, and killers often choose victims who are vulnerable (Scott). Many serial killers have a “type,” and their victims usually fit into that type.
'; Robert Violante screamed as the Son of Sam's .44 caliber bullet tore through his temple (Mitchell p.15). At this moment Robert Violante must have asking himself why this was happening, what could cause someone to do something so atrocious? This paper examines issues related to the definition and study of serial murder. It probes the minds of some of the world's most infamous killers all the while asking the question WHY. It examines methodological issues such as problems with the FBI's so called serial murder profiling system: the fact that the serial killer stereotypes does not necessarily stand true.
Abusing animals, bedwetting into a late age, and exposure to alcohol/substance abuse are also common in a serial killer’s childhood. Not all serial killers are the same, one type of serial killer is a visionary killer. These people are psychotic (schizophrenia and paranoia) and believe they are being told to kill by a greater force such as God. Mission oriented killers believe they are doing
Serial killers are the byproduct of many different things: trauma, death of loved ones, abuse, neglect, adoption, and even witnessing abuse (Are Serial). Serial killers have had to endure a massive amount of something such as trauma or abuse to an unimaginable extent to become what they are; the extent of the abuse, the trauma, the psychological damage they endure is incomprehensible to many. The destruction of one’s innocence can occur at any given time in his or her life, but he or she is more impressionable in his or her youth by the negativism of someone else’s actions (Scott, Shirley L. What Makes Serial Killers Tick ~ Childhood Event). People are susceptible to what they endure in their adolescence, and cruel upbringings, such as that of a serial killer’s, are possibly the determinant of their future. Many people encounter tragedies, trauma, abuse, and psychological damage in their life, but those who have said problems frequently, most likely evolve into serial killers later on in life.
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).
Inside is where their minds are altered to accept all the morally unacceptable things that they do. Most of the evils they think and do root from abnormalities in their brains, or other imbalances in their bodies. Whether additional faults accompany their irrational behavior or not, serial killers are their own kind of human being. By definition, a serial killer is one who has murdered three or more people with extended periods of time in between each victim, oftentimes with increasing frequency. Serial killers do not normally know who their victims are, so that they are complete strangers who fit their “ideal” type.
Analysis of Serial Killers Serial killers are one of the most fascinating and morbid groups of people to study. A serial killer as defined by Brian and Wilfred Gregg in The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers is someone who kills 3 or more people with sufficient time intervals between each known as a cooling off period. The style and motivation of the killings can vary greatly. I choose serial killers for this project because the idea of someone killing another human being on numerous occasions seemed so out there, so fringe, it just had to be studied. Listen to this letter from one of this centuries most infamous serial killers David Berkowitz (1976-1977) AKA "Son of Sam."