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The Reality of Serial Killers

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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). (Mass, Serial and Sensational Homicides)
Serial killers, who reach ten or more victims in ten or more separate incidents, only ever kill strangers. They are able to achieve this staggering number of victims simply by not being caught. Usually this involves perfect execution, a well-known public figure persona, or mobility (Dietz 483). Unlike random killings in general, serial killers prefer strangulating, beating, or stabbing, instead of shooting their victims. Experts believe they choose these methods because of the intimacy of contact weapons (Dietz 483). Occupations such as ambulance service, hospitals, mortuaries, correctional facilities, police agencies, and specialized military combat unit interest them, but usually have requirements they cannot meet (Diet 483). The job most prevalent is that of a security guard. Serial killers tend to have curiosity in police-related a...

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...er (Godwin and Canter 27). (Encounter and Death: The spatial behavior of US serial killers)

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