serial killer is. Some people might place serial killers into the same group as
mass murderers. This would be incorrect because they are two totally different
types of killers. While both of these individuals may kill many people, the
difference lies in the reason they kill and the period over which they kill
their victims. An event or a build up of circumstance triggers mass murderers
and causes them to act. This may be the result of a stressful situation or
frustration either at work or in their private lives. For whatever reason, they
may choose to use a weapon and kill people that they feel are responsible for
their prob-lems. They may also kill total strangers in a bid to get even with
whomever or whatever they feel wronged them. Whatever their reason, they are
usually cooperative and quite often docile if they survive the episode. It
seems that this one-time outburst of violence, once enacted, puts an end to any
future events of this type for that individual. While the mass killer may kill
many people in one attack, when the attack is over, their mission is complete.
The mass killer's victims may not be chosen for any other reason than being in
the wrong place at the wrong time.
Serial killers are a totally different and more dangerous threat to society.
They may not kill many people at one time, but they may kill for many years
without being detected. They are able to kill again and again without being
caught because they are careful in their choices of victims. They typically pick
victims who are vulnerable and un-able to defend themselves such as children,
the elderly or women. They also pick victims who will not be missed by society,
such as migrant workers, prostitutes, hitchhikers or homosexuals. They may even
pick victims based on specifics such as physical build or hairstyle.
Because of the fact that many serial killers may be mobile, similarities in
crime scenes may go undetected by law enforcement agencies. The nation's police
departments often lack the modern equipment and technology needed to track and
recognize connections between cases. It is generally accepted that many cases
of serial murder have not been reported because of lack of evidence or the
person murdered is never noticed to be missing.
The U. S. has had more than 150 docume...
... middle of paper ...
...God-awful does a
human being have to be before the American Civil Liberties Union will pronounce
him beyond pale? How many death sentences must a murderer re-ceive before the
first is carried out? The answers to these questions are far from imminent.
They, like the Night Stalker, will linger at length. Meanwhile, the Satanist who
gouged out the eyes of one of his victims - was she alive or dead at the time? -
watches TV, piles up pentagrams and attends to his correspondence with fans.
He's apparently happy, his health is robust, and we're told he needs no
medication to sleep."
Joel D. Roberts, Column Right/Joel D. Roberts; Why is the Night Stalker Still
Alive? Home Edition, Los An-geles Times, 11-06-1994
John Douglas, Mind Hunter, Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, Pocket Star
Books, 1996 Bernard Du Clos, Fair Game, 1993
Eugene Methvin, The Face of Evil, Vol. 47, National Review, 01-23-1995, pp. 34
Jack Levin and James Alan Fox, Mass Murder, America's Growing Menace, 1985,
Larry Siegal, Criminology, West Publishing Company, 1995
Jill Serjeant, Mad or Simply Evil? Serial Killers test experts., Reuters, 11-27-
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- There have been many serial killer cases that have attracted the attention of not only the media but of mental health experts as well. Many experts from a variety of different fields have come together to answer one question: Why did they do it. It is believed that most, if not all, serial killers have a mental illness, motives, and/or trauma during their lives that made them start killing. Serial killers are not only the effect of nurture but also nature. The environment of their country, the United States is our focus, can cause the number of serial killers to increase especially if the country itself is unstable.... [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Crime]
1282 words (3.7 pages)
- The criminal homicide rate for the United States is currently at its lowest rate during the last forty years (6.3 per 100,000 people in 1998: Bureau of Justice Statistics); yet according to the media and entertainment fields, homicide is reaching epidemic proportions. Unfortunately these fields tend to exploit the concept of homicide in American society, rather than attempting to understand and control it. No where is this more prevalent than in the study of a small subset of criminal homicide referred to as serial murder.... [tags: Serial Killers Murder Violence Psychology Essays]
5385 words (15.4 pages)
- Serial Killers have been present all over the world for a very long time. They kill innocent people every day for nor reason. They commit murder after murder and still continue the process. In some cases determining if someone will be a serial killer is much harder than other cases. In the case of Andrew Cunanan who was a serial killer, had killed over four people in just one year. There was no evidence in his childhood that would predict he would be become a serial killer so it was very surprising to see how a little boy could transform into a murderer.... [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Andrew Cunanan]
1070 words (3.1 pages)
- Serial Killers and Mass Murderers Mass Murderers and Serial Killers are nothing new to today’s society. These vicious killers are all violent, brutal monsters and have an abnormal urge to kill. What gives people these urges to kill. What motivates them to keep killing. Do these killers get satisfaction from killing. Is there a difference between mass murderers and serial killers or are they the same. How do they choose their victims and what are some of their characteristics. These questions and many more are reasons why I was eager to write my paper on mass murderers and serial killers.... [tags: Murder Violence Crime Serial Killers Essays]
1992 words (5.7 pages)
- According to Culhane there are three or more victims, three or more incidents and an emotional “cooling off” period in between murders that are considered the three main characteristics in defining a serial murderer. Being a serial killer is hard work in their minds, but yet again it’s very easy to them just depending on if they are organized with their killings or unorganized with their killings, along with having a difference in their behaviors of which is which. Is it a serial murder or a serial killer.... [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer]
1424 words (4.1 pages)
- When it comes to serial killers the one thing that comes to mind are males. You don’t see many female serial killers its more males when it comes to that. People also may think that serial killers are individuals who kill a lot of people, but there’s more to being classified as a serial killer. These killers usually don 't know their victims and they almost always have "cooling off " periods between the murders, they also usually derive sexual excitement from the killings but there’s still more to being a serial killer.... [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer]
933 words (2.7 pages)
- Mass Murderers and Serial Killers Although Mass Murderers and Serial killers differ in their motives and approaches, both types have similar backgrounds and beliefs. “Mass murder is sometimes confused with serial murder by the public and the media.” (Bonn, S. 2015). Serial killers kill at least 2 people. “The classic definition of serial murder also requires a period of time between the murders. This pause or break between killings is necessary to distinguish between a mass murder, which is a one-time event, and serial murder, which has multiple incidents.” (Bonn, S.... [tags: Murder, Spree killer, Serial killer, Crime]
1071 words (3.1 pages)
- Serial killers have been on the rise in the United States for the last century. With this rise of cold-blooded killers, there also came a rise in individuals who are intrigued, or even obsessed, with these people who can kill with no remorse. Many Americans want to know what makes a serial killer tick. To find out, we may turn to television shows and movies such as Dexter or Silence of the Lambs. But the problem with conducting such limited research is that “nothing is exactly cut-and-dry with serial killers” (Bryant and Clark).... [tags: Serial killer, Psychopathy]
1237 words (3.5 pages)
- The topic I chose for my research paper is serial killers. More specifically, are serial killers born or made. I believe serial killers are made. A serial killer is a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern. Most cases of serial killers are form those who were born in a domestic abuse situation. However, there are plenty of cases of serial killers who lived in a healthy, loving, and stable home. Most serial killers are psychopaths.... [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Jeffrey Dahmer]
1255 words (3.6 pages)
- The study of a serial killer’s early life is important as it helps us understand why or how serial killers choose their violent path. Trying to understand if serial killers become murderous through their upbringing environment or if serial killers are born with predetermined genes that can assist in identifying the murderous characteristics within them. There are two types of serial killers, those who kill on impulse and desire and those who kill out of anger and revenge. It is extremely important to discuss and explore the genetic makeup and early lives of serial killers.... [tags: Murder, Ted Bundy, Serial killer, Spree killer]
1102 words (3.1 pages)