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Serial Killer And Serial Killers

- 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]

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Serial Killer : Serial Killers

- ... He murdered ten women in Monroe County and one in Wayne County. After the murders, the authorities established an idea of the killer 's characteristics. They developed a profile that described the killer as a white male in his 20s or 30s, who was strong, probably with a previous criminal record, familiar with the area, and comfortable enough with the victims that they would enter his vehicle without question. The lack of sexual interference indicated it might be someone with sexual dysfunction....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Serial killer]

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Serial Killers : A Serial Killer

- ... Only one in all his siblings to attend Pricey prep school His older brother Christopher said Andrew was raised with special treatment. He wasn’t open about his gayness to his family. His sister confronted him about it once, but he denied it. After his father retired from the navy, he went to private school in San Diego in his early teens. There, he experienced homosexual encounters and was open about his sexual conquest. He had a flamboyant and attention seeking nature. He was psychically mature for his age as teenager and gained access to gay bars and clubs....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Andrew Cunanan]

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Serial Killers And The Serial Killer

- 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]

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Serial Murders : A Serial Killer

- Ted Bundy, the Zodiac Killer, Donald Henry Gaskins, Ahmad Suradji, Jack the Ripper, Alexander Pichushkin. Throughout history names such as these have brought terror into the hearts of many around the world. Through organized acts of deviance these individuals represent an entire subculture of monstrous humans. However many ask if these serial murderers are actually human, were they born murders or were they created by their environments. In 2005 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2010) held a Serial Murder Symposium to help create a unified understanding of the complex issues of serial murders, during this meeting they come to a conclusion that serial murders are “unlawful killing of two...   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper]

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Albert Fish: Serial Killer

- Imagine a peaceful day in your little town that you can call your home. There are children playing, the sounds of birds chirping and people working. Little do you know that the peacefulness of your town will forever be disrupted by one man and that man is Albert Fish. Albert Fish was a serial killer who killed in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Albert Fish was born on May 19, 1870 to Randall Fish who was forty three years older than Albert’s mother. This age difference might be why he was so attracted to these young children....   [tags: Serial Killers]

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A Google Search Of Serial Killers

- In a Google search of “serial killer memorabilia”, approximately 135,000 results would appear. While the U.S. produces over eighty-five percent of the world’s serial killers (“Why do Americans Idolize Serial Killers?” 11), Americans still tend to treat these murderers as icons and celebrities. As defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a serial killer is expressed as the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. While it is no secret that serial killers have a different mindset than that of a normal person, do these murderers have genetically different minds....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Dexter]

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The Article Serial Killers : II

- The article Serial killers: II. Development, dynamics, and forensics by Lawrence Miller dives in into the many aspects that encompass the psychological, neurological, and sociocultural elements that underline the average serial murderer. The elements involve childhood upbringing, types of aggression, typical neurochemistry, and subcultural theories. The article manages to include descriptions of the statistical patterns that involve the demographics, and motives that follow serial killers. It also discusses the validity and rationality of the insanity defense in prosecuting these extraordinarily vicious offenders....   [tags: Crime, Serial killer, Murder]

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Serial Killer Typologies And Characteristics

- ... This researcher believes he would have unlikely been apprehended had he not became arrogant and reckless. He kept the corpse of his final victim in his mother 's garage for a few days. He then transported the decomposing body in the back of his truck. His missing back license plate tag drew nearby police officers ' attention. When the attempted to pull him over, he sped away and soon after, wrecked his vehicle. As the officer walked up to his vehicle, he smelled the stench of a decomposing body....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Serial killer]

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Gender and Serial Killers

- The stereotype that exists for individuals who commit serial murder is one that mainly includes males of a specific race. However, it is now known that white males are not the only individuals who commit serial murder. Men and women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic statuses have been found to be serial murderers. Although this information has been presented to society, the cultural schema of the white male serial killer is still prevalent. The assumptions that involve serial murderers often include two aspects, the serial murderer is male and the serial murder is a type of “lust murder”, often involving sexual crimes by a sadist (Keeney and Heide, 1995)....   [tags: Female Serial Murderers]

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Serial Killers : What They Are

- ... They are disorganized in the planning and carrying out of their killings. Many consider asocial serial killers cowardly in the fact that they will knock their victims unconscious first. Non-social killers are the opposite. They are organized, plan ahead, seemingly normal, and more imaginative and creative in the actual killing. The non-social serial killer will go for the slow sadistic kill and taunt police investigators (Whittington-Egan 326). There are said to be “seven phases of serial killer activity: Aura – day dreams and fantasies....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Spree killer]

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- SERIAL KILLER EDWARD GEIN Serial murder is viewed as multiple murders within a given period of time. In United States of America, serial killing is neither a unique aspect nor new to the population. Since history, serial killers have been recorded around the globe. For a number of years, intellectuals, law enforcers, media and mental health professionals have thoroughly conducted investigation regarding serial killing. These groups have for a long time tried to understand the multifarious issues regarding serial killing investigations....   [tags: FBI, manhunt, serial murder]

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Serial Killing Is The Rarest Form Of Homicide

- Serial killing is the rarest form of homicide; serial homicide is when an individual kills three or more people who are not known to them usually with a cooling off period in-between murders. Criminologists are constantly trying to figure out why serial killers exist and what shapes their behavior in the first place. Media shapes serial murders into celebrities, making society idolize them. Because there is so much adoration for them society has “become an inescapable point of reference in movies, television, novels, true cime books and video games” (social study article) making their influence a dominant cultural category....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Serial killers, Homicide]

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Serial Killers Are Made Not Born

- The question of whether or not man is predetermined at birth to lead a life of crime is a question that has been debated for decades. Serial killers are made not born; it has been demonstrated that a man 's initial years are the most vital years. A youngster 's initial couple of years is a period of experimentation, a period to make sense of things for themselves, a period to set up the bits of the riddle. Like a newborn child, the mental health is reliant on its environment. A youthful youngster 's mind resembles a wipe; it gathers data through perception....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Herbert Mullin]

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The Serial Killer And Jack The Ripper

- The United States has the highest number of serial killers, with 76% of the world’s total. Europe comes in a distant second with 17%. Men constitute the overwhelming majority of serial killers, at over 90%. ( The Zodiac killer and Jack the ripper are two of the many commonly known serial killers and though these two shared similarities, they were altogether very different. Because of this, these two murderers were extremely famous and are still studied by many criminologists today....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Jack the Ripper]

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Serial Killers And The Media

- ... Traditionally, the explanations for why serial killers have the tendencies they have included childhood abuse, genetics, brain injuries, and exposure to traumatic events. What frightens people however, is the fact that a huge number of the population has been exposed to at least one of these traumas in their lifetime. The one thing that separates serial killers from other murderers is why they kill. Normal homicides are committed as a result of social disputes, or financial difficulties. In comparison to a normal homicide, serial killers seem to be driven by an instinct and desire to kill....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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Jeffrey Dahmer : A Serial Killer

- er was a serial killer that committed 17 murders over a period of 13 years. A serial murderer is someone that has “killed 3 or more people over a period of days, weeks, months, years, or decades” (Fleming, 2014). Dahmer is a killer that had many paraphilias that will be discussed as well as the characteristics that classify him as a sexual sadist. A sexual sadist is someone that experiences sexual pleasure from acts of cruelty (Marshall & Kennedy, 2003). Dahmer chose a select type of victim groups, this case study will find out why he chose those victims and what his intentions were....   [tags: Jeffrey Dahmer, Serial killer, Murder]

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Gary Ridgway: Serial Killer

- In 1982, police received a call about a body floating in the Green River in Salt Lake City, Utah (it was just one of many bodies that they were going to find). Police were stunned when they started receiving more calls about bodies found in parks, play grounds, and near highways. When police learned that all of the victims were prostitutes, they knew this was a key piece of evidence in their investigation. No one could have ever known that Gary Ridgway just started one of the largest killing sprees in American history....   [tags: Serial Killer Essays]

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A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Mind Of A Serial Killer

- Kent Kiehl from the University of New Mexico, says, “one in one hundred people is a serial killer” A deep experiment and deep understanding definition of a serial killer varies from brain functions, and how the different compartments work with each other to make the person who they are. From a start the separation from a serial killer to an average person begins with the Amygdala, two nuggets of tissue one at each half of the brain, this is the Brains Central Command Center, yet they are no bigger than a thumbnail, and is what processes the emotions of any act the human has committed....   [tags: Serial Killer Essays]

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The Crime Of A Serial Killer

- ... Three different journal articles as well as three in class readings will be read to understand the topic better. The articles read were Ilie Magdalena Ioana in No One is Born a Serial Killer. , Andreas Frei, Birgit Vollm, Marc Grap and Volker Dittmann in Female serial killing: review and case report, and Hanna Putkonen, Ghitta Weizmann‐Henelius, Nina Lindberg,  Tuija Rovamo, and Helina Häkkänen‐nyholm in Gender differences in homicide offenders’ criminal career, substance abuse, and mental health care....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Y chromosome, Serial killer]

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Serial Killers And The Killers

- ... Serial killers look to diminish their victim in any way possible; this allows them to attain both sexual contentment and power. Torturing and mutilating a victim satisfies the hunger for power that the killer seeks. Serial killers will go to great measures to assure that they will be a dominating force over their victim. A serial killer’s victim is often someone they see as an easy target. They search for a victim who is powerless and weak, but still fits into their perfect profile. The main reasoning behind their choice is still the same: dominance....   [tags: Crime, Serial killer, Psychology, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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Serial Killers: H. H. Holmes

- As if molded directly from the depths of nightmares, both fascinating and terrifying. Serial killers hide behind bland and normal existences. They are often able to escape being caught for years, decades and sometimes an eternity. These are America’s Serial Killers (America’s Serial Killers). “Even when some of them do get caught, we may not recognize what they are because they don’t [sic] match the distorted image we have of serial killers” (Brown). What is that distorted image. That killers live among everyday life, they are the ones who creep into someone’s life unknowingly to torture and kill them....   [tags: Serial Killers Essays]

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Ted Bundy And Serial Killers

- ... Instead, serial killers often have characteristics consistent with psychopathy (United States). Why do serial killers kill. The FBI has identified seven general categories of motivation for serial murder. The first motivation, anger, is when an offender shows an evident hatred “towards a certain subgroup of the population or with society as a whole.” The second motivation, criminal enterprise, includes a profit in “status or monetary compensation,” usually related to drugs, gangs, or organized crime....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Murder, Crime]

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Male And Female Serial Killers

- Countless people, especially, criminologists have spent numerous hours researching serial killers since they are fascinating. Criminologists ' have high hopes of catching them before they kill, which is why they research them in such an in-depth way. Many people disagree as to what the definition of a serial murder. The FBI defines it as, “[t]he unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events" (9). There is certainly not any dispute that there have been both male and female serial killers....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Jeffrey Dahmer, Lust murder]

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Brilliant Serial Killer Jack the Ripper

- It is widely debated over whether the infamous Jack the Ripper is none other than Herman Webster Mudgett, the deranged, murderous, and somewhat brilliant serial killer who went by the alias of Dr. H. H. Holmes. The Ripper was able to evade captivity in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888, killing five victims from August 1888 to November of 1888. Whitechapel was a low income area of London where unemployment and poverty were extremely high. Women were prostituting themselves out, therefore putting themselves at a higher risk of being murdered because they were voluntarily going into dark areas of the city....   [tags: murder, serial killer, captivity]

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A Critical Analysis of Healthcare Serial Killers

- Serial murder, which is defined as “the unlawful killing of two or more victims, by the same offenders, in separate events”(Lubaszka & Shon, 2013, p. 1), is a term that American society has become quite familiar with. At a ripe age, parents begin teaching their children not to talk to strangers in hopes of shielding them from the potential evil our world has to offer, but what if I told you the serial killer may not always be the scary man driving a van and offering candy. Our society, like it does most things, has placed a stigma upon serial killers....   [tags: serial murders, deviance, social control]

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The Behavior Of Serial Killers

- There are many traits that identify the behavior of serial killers. However, not all those traits might qualify to make them serial traits. A person can contain on of those traits and at the same time not become a serial killer. It takes all of the traits together to identify if they are capable of such thing. As described in article, What makes serial killers tick?”, it mentions that many serial killers were physically or emotionally abused by parents. Other traits as mention in other studies say that antisocial behavior could be an indicator why they might have problems....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Lust murder, Child abuse]

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A Society 's View On Serial Killers

- Of course as a society we condemn people for being serial killers. But what we forget is that there’s still a human being behind that thick shell. We as a society think that serial killers are horrible, so we put them on trial; we put them in jail, death row. But would you think of them any differently if it were father, your neighbor, or some one you went to school with. Robert Maudsley was a British serial killer born in Toxteth, United Kingdom. There are a few nicknames that you might know him as, some called him blue, then others began to know him as spoons but the one that stuck was Hannibal Cannibal....   [tags: Murder, KILL, Serial killer, Abuse]

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Serial Killers And Nature Vs. Nurture Theory

- ... Most come from similar unstable abusive household leading to the abuse of the child, whether it is sexually, emotionally, physically, or psychologically. As a result, most of the children are registered into institutions due to psychiatric problems. Another common set of characteristic would be: wetting the bed past the age of twelve, attraction to fire, and merciless torture on animals (Raven, 2009). After knowing the characteristics of an overall serial killer, it is time to look at each typology in depth....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy]

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Serial Killer

- Serial killer is a person who kills three or more people with a cooling off period between murders and these murders may go on for a period of months or years. The murders that this person commits may have similar fashion or the victims may have something in common, for example, occupation, race, appearance, sex, or age group. Psychology is the science and study of human behavior and mental processes. Moreover, it is the study of human minds and its function. Krafft-Ebing (1886) found that the serial killer had been through cruelty of animal; enjoy the torture and the pain of their victim during his or her childhood period....   [tags: Serial Killer Essays]

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The Media's Representation of Dexter, the Ethical Serial Killer

- I placed the knife on the table and turned around, pinning my gaze inside the plastic wrapped room that I had carefully prepared. An agonized face glared back at me, blue eyes burned beneath the black eyebrows. “What the hell is this?” I carelessly studied the forehead which tightened and twitched with tension and my gaze wandered off to his left cheek. “This... is the moment of truth.” I replied to his cry with ease. He was breathing heavily. Oh, this felt so good. It has been a very long time since I let my dark passenger come out to play....   [tags: media, serial killers, identity,]

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Serial Killers And The Crime

- ... Both would permanently remove the threat to society and be a form of punishment to the offender. Execution, on one hand, would be the most secure method of ensuring the protection of the public by eliminating the problem. With this method, a jury would decide the fate of the defendant with the presentation of medical records, explaining their disorder graphically, and criminal evidence, offering proof of the infraction. If proven guilty in the court of law, the offender would be incarcerated or placed in a mental hospital for a number of years; this is a waste of tax dollars and is ineffective....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Crime, John Wayne Gacy]

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Two Articles on the Motives and Mind of a Serial Killer

- The mind of a serial killer can be very interesting in being able to find out what makes them want to do what they do. Knowing if someone was abused as a child and if this makes them more likely to become a serial killer or not become a serial killer is something I was very curious to learn about. Something that happens in a person’s childhood can affect the way they act when they become adults. I found two sources talking about childhood abuse and serial killers. The first source was an internet article entitled “Serial Killer Motives” found on the website How Stuff Works and was written by Shanna Freeman....   [tags: Abuse, Neglect, and Serial Killers]

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Early Childhood Signs Of Being A Serial Killer

- ... “Accessible research material tells us violent sexual events during childhood have serious adverse effects on an individual’s development. This research into child abuse serves as compelling confirmation that serial killers are made, not born” (Gerber, 2013). The environment that a child lives in is what makes them who they are. One of the strongest signs to watch for is if a child is torturing or killing small animals. Although at such a young age some children are curious and may just be experimenting or pure accidental, but if a child keeps continuing in killing these animals with little to no remorse that’s when I would question the reasoning behind it....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Crime]

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The Psychological And Sociological Characteristics Of The Serial Killers

- ... Upon entering her home to commit robbery he ended up stabbing and murdering Mrs. Vincow, after her death he sexually assaulted her. Twenty-five more victims had also succumbed the same fate over the next year. He left a distinctive MO, completed with a Satanic symbolism either left on the victim’s body or in the same room (Richard, 2015). His final kill on August 24, 1985, which would end the manhunt for Richard who was dubbed the Night Stalker, when the identification on the stolen car he was driving was found with his figure prints inside....   [tags: Crime, Murder, The Mask of Sanity, Serial killer]

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Serial Killer : Nature Vs. Nurture

- Serial Killer: Nature vs. Nurture Pedro Alonso Lopez, “The Monster of the Andes,” is a serial killer accused of raping and killing over 300 girls. His technique was to lure susceptible young girls into isolated areas or buildings where he would then rape each of them before killing them. Using a variety of cruel and ruthless methods, he killed the girls, strangulation being most popular. Serial murders have become a fascination of the public due to the unimaginable bizarreness that is reality. “Normal” people question how and why a human being could be so brutally vicious toward another human; psychologists have been researching that exact question for years....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, John Wayne Gacy]

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Factors of Gary Ridgway Becoming A Serial Killer

- Gary Ridgway What are the root causes of a person becoming a serial killer. There have been many different serial killers over the past years, but only one is the infamous “Green River Killer.” Gary Ridgway was dubbed the “Green River Killer” because many of his first victims were found near the Green River in Washington. There are many factors which contribute as to why a person turns and takes their anger out on other people. Some people have a normal childhood with a loving family, while some are not so lucky....   [tags: Biography, Serial Killer, Criminal]

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Peter Foley, The Copycat Serial Killer

- In the film Copycat, the main focus is on Peter Foley, the copycat serial killer. While Daryll Lee Cullum is the original serial killer, and provides some of Foley’s motive, Foley takes his killings to another degree. There are various motives for Foley’s killings. The main motives that he demonstrated include power and control, the hedonistic subtype of thrill, and lastly fame. While fame is not an official motive, it was a driving force in Foley’s actions and originated from his other motives....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, English-language films]

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Serial Killers : Ted Kaczynski Or The Unabomber

- ... His first fatality happened in december of 1985 killing a computer store owner where the bomb was placed outside of his shop. Over the next few years he sent out many more resulting in two more fatalities. This has changed many thing in society one being that it made people think about the safety of acquiring packages through the mail. Also aiport security is immensely different now only because of things like this happening and the fear that it could happen again. The second serial killer that might come to mind is more....   [tags: Police, Murder, Police officer, Serial killer]

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Determining Defining Female Serial Murder

- ... After the initial sample was selected, Farrell, Keppel, and Titterington compared the samples to Kelleher and Kelleher (1998) samples that were used in their study. In order to follow the replication of the previous study, Farrell, Keppel, and Titterington eliminated offenders in the sample who were not included in Kelleher and Kelleher’s (1998) study, which only left twelve offenders. Out of the twelve offenders, two more were also eliminated due to the lack of news articles regarding their crimes, which only left ten offenders....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Crime, Ted Bundy]

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Serial Killers And Nature Vs. Nurture Theory

- Throughout time, millions of criminals have unfortunately graced society, with their presence. From petty thieves, to a cold-blooded murderers, each criminal has their own uniqueness. Unlike any other criminal though, serial killers have a special way about them. Whether they are lurking in the shadows, or hidden right in plain, each one is potentially deadlier than the next. By definition, a serial killer is, “someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval.”(Warnes Para....   [tags: Jeffrey Dahmer, Serial killer, Murder]

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Relationship Between Serial And Mass Killers And Vampires

- 6. Discuss the relationship between serial/mass killers and such mythological creatures as werewolves and vampires In the days before serial killers were acknowledged phenomena murderers were often thought to be mythological creatures, because it was easier to blame inhuman creatures than to accept that humans could be evil enough to commit such crimes. Elizabeth Bathory was one such murderer, and was thought to be a vampire, while Albert Fish held the dubious honor of being called the Werewolf of Wysteria, and even the Boogeyman....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Elizabeth Báthory]

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The Black Widow Serial Killer Who Killed All Of Her Lovers

- Even though it is a very rare form of killing, serial murder has been a topic of interest in the eyes of countless observers. However, the exact guidelines for serial murder have been hard to pin-point because each killer has a unique way of committing the deed. Vera Renczi was a female serial killer who “was convicted of thirty-five murders and sentenced to life imprisonment” during the 1930s (Vera Renczi – The Black Widow Serial Killer Who Killed All Of Her Lovers). She killed every one of the men in her life, including her son, by poisoning them with arsenic in fear that they were betraying her trust (Vera Renzci)....   [tags: serial murder, serial killer, vera renczi]

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Serial Killers Are Been Around Since Ancient Times

- Serial killers have been around since ancient times. “Serial murder is the killing of three or more people over a period of 30 days, with a significant cooling-off period” (Knight 1190). People have many assumptions as to what could have caused these individuals to commit these crimes. Serial killers come in all different forms: male and female, young and old, rich and poor, mentally ill and mentally healthy. “The average serial killer profile is white, male, low-middle socioeconomic status, in his 20s or 30s, has a history of childhood abuse or neglect, is sociopathic/psychopathic, is a chameleon to his environment, and appears normal to others” (LaBrode 154)....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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The Role Of Female Serial Killers Receive Little Academic Attention

- The FBI has defined serial killing as “the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s) in separate events” (Farrell, Keppal, & Titterington, 2011, p. 231). While individuals who partake in such activity do receive a large amount of attention, the female parts of this population are vastly under recognized. Female serial killers receive little academic attention, even though they are a complex and dynamic group to study (p. 229). Women make up 15% of American serial killers, with 36 known to be active in the last century (p....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Crime]

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Serial Killers: Is Pure Evil Born or Made?

- By 1978, roughly thirty women were dead and mutilated by the same man with little explanation as to why. Ted Bundy, one of the most infamous serial killers in history brutally took the lives of numerous women for seemingly no reason at all. His justification for these murders was simply that he felt like committing them. A serial killer is defined as someone who has killed more than three people over a period of a month or more for seemingly no reason at all. Most serial killers have no real motive for killing; for them it is an urge that they must satisfy....   [tags: ted bundy, serial killer, abusive childhood]

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Serial Killers : The Most Notorious 20th Century Cannibal

- Although it seems that the idea of serial killers is a generally recent issue due to the dramatization created throughout the last several decades from Hollywood, these individuals have been around since the beginning of man. The media portrays a serial killer as the man born evil, who has always had the taste of blood and murder. While violence could be seen as a common characteristic in some families, a serial murderer is bred from the influences of society. Scarred by the traumatic experiences from childhood and expressed negatively as they grow up, serial killers were made not born....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Murder, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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Serial Killer : What Sadism Is The Most Dangerous

- Serial killer is a broad term to describe a large group of killers. Among this group are sadists, it is believed that sadists are the most dangerous, hard to catch, gruesome, killers that will and ever shall walk this planet, this is made possible by their occasionally inconsistent methods, motives and targets, their ability to blend in with everyday life, and in some cases their lack of any empathy toward the victim. To uncover the fearsome behaviors of sadistic killers we must define what sadism is, the definition of sadism is as follows “a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the infliction of physical or mental pain on others (as on a love object)” (Sadism)....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Crime, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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The Biology of a Serial Killer

- The year is 1967 and Theodore Bundy, an average American college student has fallen in love with Stephanie, a dark haired co-ed of the same state university. He convinces her to go on a few dates, but she quickly loses interest, later citing his lack of ambition. The rejection on his heels, Bundy shifts gears and spends the next six years of his life transforming himself into the law student of her dreams. When they meet again Bundy holds the upper hand and Stephanie falls in love. A short time after the small wedding ceremony Bundy abandons Stephanie during a ski vacation and she never hears from him again.(2) In the context of this short historical blip from the life of America's mo...   [tags: Chaos Theory and the Serial Killer]

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Dr. H. H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer

- Erick Larson wrote in Devil in the White City, “I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing – I was born with the Evil One standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered in the world, and he has been with me since” (Troy, Taylor). This statement was a quoted confession from Dr. H. H. Holmes himself in 1896. Holmes was the first major serial killer in America, even though he came after many others in his time....   [tags: legal issues, serial killer]

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Monster Is A Movie Based On A True Story About An American Female Serial Killer

- ... I honestly thought she was straight evil but when she didn’t kill the fat man who never been with a prostitute, I then began to feel sympathy for her. She just wanted a better life for her and Selby. Also during an argument between the couple, Aileen tried to convince Selby that she killed each man in self defense. Perhaps she was lying to comfort Selby but also maybe she was thinking they were to “attack” her like a schizophrenic. And that she had to kill them in defense and that it was either or them....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Aileen Wuornos]

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Research into the Mind of Serial Killers

- 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]

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Serial Killers and Mass Murderers

- 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]

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The Violent Phenomena Of Serial Killing Through The Social Control Theory

- ... A serial killer operating under the hate-oriented motive would receive great pleasure from killing a specific group of individuals such as certain ethnicities or genders (Dogra et al., 2012). Looking at specific cases regarding serial killings, it is apparent that a serial killer lacks empathy or any remorse for their actions (Gerberth, 1995). Therefore, criminologists infer that a majority of serial killers possess an antisocial personality (Gerberth, 1995). The DSM-V indicates that an antisocial personality is represented by a lack of guilt, impulsivity, disregard for others, unstable relationships, and hostile behavior (Dogra et al., 2012)....   [tags: Sociology, Criminology, Serial killer, Ted Bundy]

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Serial Killers, By Ronald M. Holmes And James De Burger

- It is almost difficult to give a generalized description to profile all serial killers, nor is it easy to give an specific explanation in their motive to kill—varies in every serial killer experiences. Still, researchers introduce multiple typologies based on developed databases using past cases of serial killing. This is to help law enforcement authorities give possible idea by following patterns aiding to profile the serial killer(s) and the public to understand psychological these behaviors. Furthermore, Researchers, Ronald M....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Aileen Wuornos]

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Serial Killers: Nature vs. Nurture

- Serial Killers: Nature vs. Nurture The question of whether or not man is predetermined at birth to lead a life of crime is a question that has been debated for decades. Are serial killers born with the lust for murder, or are their desires developed through years of abuse and torment. Many believe it is impossible for an innocent child to be born with the capability to commit a horrible act such as murder. But at the same time, how could we have corrupted society so much as to turn an innocent child into a homicidal maniac....   [tags: Serial Murder Killing Crime Essays]

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Serial Killer Richard Ramirez

- Serial Killer Richard Ramirez Crescendo of Terror Late in the 20th Century, Hell glutted on humanity. Its first bloodletting of that season of the Devil occurred on the warm evening of June 28, 1984, when an earth-bound Lucifer found his way into the small Glassel Park apartment of 79-year-old Jennie Vincow. Throughout the Los Angeles area a damp humidity had oppressed the air that day, and when the evening came and the temperature slightly cooled, Jennie left her window open to invite what little breeze there might be into her flat....   [tags: Serial Killers Violence Crime Murder Essays]

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Edmund Emil Kemper Iii: The Life Of A Serial Killer

- Edmund Emil Kemper III was born on December 13, 1948 in Burbank, CA. He was born to the union of Edmund E. Kemper Jr. and Clarnell Strandberg. After his parents divorced, Clarnell took Kemper along with his two sisters to live by her very high standards and abusive ways. She berated Kemper mentally by having him sleep in a windowless basement because she feared of the harm he may cause to his sisters. In turn, this caused the hatred that he had for her to fester and turn into hatred against all women....   [tags: Serial Killer Murderer]

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Serial Killers And The Serial Killer

- In your eyes what does a serial killer look like. What do you think of when you hear the word serial killer. Would he be an outcast to society or a mentally disturbed person. In contrast, it is almost impossible to detect a serial killer just by looking at him or her. To one, the average serial killer may look like a white male, usually between the age of twenty or thirty, living a normal life and holding a stable job. However, serial killers exterior is perhaps the shallowest of their true identity in society....   [tags: Antisocial personality disorder, Mental disorder]

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A Serial Killer Who Comes From Your Mind? Ted Bundy? Son Of Sam?

- ... All of the women he killed had relatively long hair and a full smile. The two men he killed looked similar his adoptive father in their facial structure point of view. The victimology is consistent throughout the murders and attempted murders. The victims were all around the same age as his step sister, but for the most part looked like his step mom. Berkowitz also left letters at the scenes or sent them into newspapers. His first letter was left at the scene of his crime. It talks about how he was “deeply hurt” because the media had been calling him a woman hater....   [tags: Serial killer, David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Family]

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Serial Killer Gerard John Schaefer Jr.

- Gerard John Shaefer Jr., was born into an eventually troubled family on March 25, 1946 in Wisconsin, however he lived most of his early life in Georgia. He was the oldest of three children and was born to a week willed mother and an extremely abusive and adulterous father. At the age of fourteen he, and his family, moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated high school in 1964 from St. Aquinas High School after which he attended Broward Community College. He had a brief, two year marriage with Martha Fogg....   [tags: Criminal, Biography, Serial Killer]

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Is a Serial Killer Born or Created?

- Serial killers have many frightening facets. The most frightening thing about them is that experts still do not know what makes a human become a serial killer. Many experts believe serial killers become what they are because they have a genetic disposition or brain abnormality while other experts believe that a serial killer is created by childhood abuse; and some other experts believe that it is a combination of both brain abnormalities and abusive childhood experiences that creates a serial killer....   [tags: genetic disposition, child abuse]

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The Circumstances Involving Serial Killers

- Serial killers differ from other types of murderers. The number of serial killers in the U.S. is staggering. Differences are clear between serial killing and conventional murders. Serial killing can be classified as either motive based or organizational and social based. The Holmes Typology helps to understand the motivations behind serial killing. Serial killers may be even motivated by fame as part of their motivation for killing. John Wayne Gacy could be seen as evil due to his repeated violent acts....   [tags: a special type of murderers]

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Studies on The Childhood of Serial Killers

- A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a "cooling off" period between each murder, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification. Most people do not understand what can make a person want to kill multiple people for no reason other than own satisfactional gain. In actuality serial killers have been studied for over hundreds of years, and the information that has been documented continues to grow. The research that I have gathered about serial killers focuses on their childhood development, the differences and similarities between men and female serial kills, and finally general information on ho...   [tags: murder, killing animals, abused]

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How Serial Killers came to be

- A serial killer is traditional defined as the separate killings of three or more people by an individual over a certain period of time, usually with breaks between the murders. (Angela Pilson, p. 2, 2011) This definition has been accepted by both the police and academics and therefore provides a useful frame of reference (Kevin Haggerty, p.1, 2009). The paper will seek to provide the readers with an explanation of how serial killers came to be and how they are portrayed in the media. Several serial killers have a definitive and common personality profile....   [tags: murders, killing, ted bundy. media]

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The Study of Serial Killers

- Why do people kill one another. This is a question most people ask themselves when they hear someone has been killed. Sometimes a person kills another person because a part of his or her brain is wrong; other times it’s something far worse. (1: SV; SV.) Serial killers commit heinous crimes because of a couple things: the person either has a personality disorder, or because of decreased connectivity within that person’s brain. (3: SV: SV.) There really isn’t a set definition for the term “serial killer.” “The term ‘serial killings’ means a series of three or more killings, not less than one of which was committed within the Untied States, having common characteristics such as to suggest the...   [tags: brain, personality, kill, person]

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Characteristics of a Serial Killer

- In the sick minds of those who murder, pain and death are twisted into a passion to kill. Unlike a “normal” individual, serial killers rely on murdering to fulfill their craving of their gruesome thrills and addiction. Most of society incorrectly views serial killers because of how they are portrayed on television. For example, Dexter is a handsome serial killer who does lead a normal life but, he takes it upon himself to rid all of the “bad guys” in the world in order to accomplish his need to kill....   [tags: Murder, Death, Childhood]

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The Mind of a Serial Killer

- Serial murder is one of the most baffling crimes that occur in the U.S. and all over the world. Knight (2006) defines serial murder as the killing of three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a significant cooling-off period. The cooling off period may be weeks, months or even years long. Researchers have proposed various psychological, biological and sociological theories that offer a partial understanding of the nature of serial murder. Some propose that the basis for criminal behavior is a predisposition to violence as well as a mix between environment, personality traits and biological factors....   [tags: Criminology ]

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The Making of a Serial Killer

- Not to be confused with psychopaths, psychosis is also a cause of serial killers. Psychotic patients, unlike psychopaths, have lost their sense of reality (Brogaard). For example, Carl “Coral” Eugene Watts was charged with strangling twelve woman with many more suspected victims because he believed they had “evil in their eyes” (Brogaard). Psychotic serial killers mostly tend to be either, schizophrenic or bipolar (Brogaard). Richard Trenton Chase was a schizophrenic who believed the Nazis were after him with poison that would turn his blood to powder (Brogaard)....   [tags: psychosis, psychopaths, sense]

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The Reality of Serial Killers

- 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)....   [tags: psychopathic behavior, psychology, profiling]

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What Makes a Serial Killer?

- Carl Panzram, also known as Jeff Rhodes and John O’Leary, had an obsessive hatred for the human race that bordered on the maniacal. This loathing for himself and his fellow-man was taken out in a lifetime of murder and mayhem. What would make someone prey upon other humans. A serial killer is a unique person that becomes one through many factors such as genetic impairments, environmental issues, and childhood events; through many examples these are common in almost all. Almost all people know who serial killers are, but what exactly defines a serial killer....   [tags: psychopaths, sociopath]

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The Psychology Of Serial Killers

- On an individual scale every person has their own set of ideals, morals and common rules of citizenship bestowed to them at some point during their life. Many of these ideals are those that stand for good and society can agree with and also live by as well. However there is legitimate concern for those who have different ways of seeing things and while there are many types of people who fit that mold, I will further analyze the psychology of a serial killer and why they kill. A serial killer can be defined as “an unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(S), in separate events”....   [tags: Antisocial personality disorder]

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Serial Killers : A Killer

- A killer is not born. A killer is made. However, we are all born with the potential to kill, and any one of us can be made into a killer. It might take a lot to drive us to murder, but some people are simply more susceptible to the idea than others. People tend to believe that serial killers are mentally ill individuals, however, more often than not, they are rational beings who have suffered tremendously. Often, we cannot tell who is a serial killer. It could be the person standing next to you, and you would not have the slightest indication....   [tags: Child abuse, Abuse, Domestic violence, Violence]

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The Psychology of Serial Killers Today

- ... Being abandoned at birth, then reclaimed approximately a month later, then proceeding to being told that his sister was his mother, and other traumatic events that occurred in the early formative years of his life may have possibly contributed to his eventual voyeurism, murders, and even necrophilia. Due to the traumatic stress this man had endured, the areas of his brain implicated in the stress response showed evidence that due to the harmful effects of stress and eventful childhood experience, it greatly affected the outcome of the murderous man....   [tags: violence, criminology, psychological profiling]

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Serial Killers, Born Or Created?

- ... Indeed, throughout the book, Dexter faces moral dilemmas as he fights his inner demons. In particular, Dexter struggles with the decision to help his sister catch the killer, as his father would implore; or with the temptation to join forces with the serial killer, as Dark Passenger would want. The story includes a diverse cast of supporting characters, who Dexter interacts with revealing his sociopathic traits. Dexter’s foster father who was a cop, and who Dexter did not love, but deeply respected....   [tags: Antisocial personality disorder, Psychopathy]

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Serial Killers Modus Operandi

- Serial Killers' Modus Operandi A plethora of serial killers, dead and undead, have been most horrifying in their methods. There are several types of serial killers, some have been caught while others continue to haunt their surroundings. There are several approaches in categorizing serial killers. One method requires examination of the crime scene, the other requires counseling with the serial killer. In profiling a serial killer, law enforcers realize that serial killers are not unlike regular people; there are several exceptions like schizophrenics but most of them look like everyone else....   [tags: Criminology ]

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The Cause of Serial Killers

- ... With DeSalvo’s monstrous adolescence, he was arrested as a teen for burglary and breaking and entering. Later on, he decided to join the army, where he meets his future wife while stationed in Germany. While in Germany, he molests a nine-year-old girl; no charges were pressed, but he was honorably discharged from the Army. After being discharged from the Army, DeSalvo would often rob banks whenever he was short on money (Biography). DeSalvo was known to the world as many things, but infamously known as The Boston Strangler....   [tags: upbringings, trauma, death, abuse, neglect]

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Serial Killers and Criminal Justice

- ... These problems have been linked to their social issues, mental disorders, and masseurs that they contributed to. Due to these unambiguous health circulations, modern day forensic scientists have pushed forward in an attempt to put a halt to each and every outburst. While trying to attempt to terminate any and every outpour of mass killings, forensic scientists have tremendously improved the section of DNA analysis since research in the year 1985 when this process what first introduced. Initially, DNA samples that were small or degraded were of no use....   [tags: forensic sciences]

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What are Serial Killers?

- Serial killers have been a major problem in the United States for a long time. We don’t know why they kill human beings, but many people are trying to figure out why. A serial killer is a person that has murdered three or more people over a period of a month. There is also a period of time between the murders know as the “cooling off period”. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there have been approximately four hundred serial killers in the United States within the past century. The number of these murderers have increased over the past thirty years, with around eighty percent of them emerging since 1950....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Homicide, Mental Illness]

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An Example Of The Serial Position Effect

- 1. The faster you read the more your short term or working memory has to try to keep up. It will in tern drop some information as an example of the serial position effect. You 'll end up recalling bits of what you read, such as the first part and the last thing you read where the middle part is lost. There are effective encoding strategies you can implement to boost memory recall, by giving attention and conscious effort into what you are learning for effortful processing. Rehearsal can be effective when using conscious repetition of information....   [tags: Memory, Memory processes, Short-term memory]

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