The California town was left in pure shock. Following the murder, the killer sent letters to authorities as well as newspapers and other media sources, and the victim’s. One letter in particular was the most chilling that would leave anyone at a loss for words, “’Bates had to die. There will be more’” (Biography.com). As if the murder itself wa... ... middle of paper ... ...still affects many today.
This is the beginning of Keyes’s journey of criminal behavior. Keyes was never caught for the raping of the teenage girl and therefore he was able to continue committing other crimes. According to a blog called “Acting At Random,” his first murder was in 2001 of an unidentifiable couple. He also started dating a woman whom he had a child with later on and in 2006 committed his second murder claiming two more victims. In 2009 he needed to support his criminal activities, thus he began robbery, but still continued to murder by taking the lives of Bill and Lorraine Curriers.
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.
There were two serial killers working on their victim list at the same time, in the same place, but only one was noticed by the media. Both killed at least seven women. One would think that both of these killers would grab the attention of the media. Unfortunately only one was reported about which made the other jealous causing him to kill more. It was not until after the first serial killer, Lee, was arrested that anyone even knew Gillis was on the same killing path.
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