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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

- Serial murder as defined by the FBI is, “[t]he unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events" (Morton Robert J. Ed, & Hilts., Ed, 2005, p. 9). Numerous people disagree with the definition, this researcher included, since it lacks the cool- down period after they murder, which various people feel stands necessary for serial killer status. Serial killers remain a rare phenomenon. The FBI states, serial murder accounts for less than one percent of killings per year (Morton Robert J....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Serial killer]

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Serial Killers : A Serial Killer

- 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]

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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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Serial Killers : A Serial Killer

- 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]

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Serial Killer And Serial Killers

- “A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, money, and attention seeking.” (“56 Facts About Serial Killers”). It is said that the average person will walk past at least 26 serial killers in their lifetime. That’s quite crazy to believe. Serial killers make up about one percent of murders in the United States. Although serial homicide is extremely rare, it’s a very interesting topic to hear about nonetheless....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Child abuse]

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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

- Serial Killer Typologies and Characteristics Serial murder as defined by the FBI (2005) is, “[t]he unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events" (Morton & Hilts, 2005 p. 9). However, numerous people disagree with the definition, including this researcher, since it lacks a cool-down period in between murders, which numerous professionals believe is necessary for serial killer status. Serial killers remain a rare phenomenon. The FBI (2005) states, serial murder accounts for under one percent of the killings a year (2)....   [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

- Serial Killers: What They Are and How They Came to Be “At least seventeen persons[sic], mostly gay and black men, were known to have been murdered by Jeffrey Dahmer from 1988 to 1991. Dahmer cannibalized his victims, had sex with their corpses, and then dissolved them in a fifty-five-gallon vat of acid in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home” (“Serial Killers” par. 2). Dahmer committed such heinous and brutal killings that can hardly categorize him as human. Unfortunately, he is not alone; there have been by far more hideous murders over the past century....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Spree killer]

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SERIAL KILLER EDWARD GEIN

- 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 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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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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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%. (http://facts.randomhistory.com/serial-killer-facts.html) 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 Grim Sleeper

- The Grim Sleeper is one of the most gruesome serial killers cases known in United States. The case dumbfounded LAPD for years. The Grim Sleeper left fear in the women of Los Angeles especially African American women who were the target of this merciless serial killer and rapist. The Grim Sleeper case was infamous due to his string of murders spanning through almost three decades.The coalition launched a media campaign and set a monetary reward aiming to capture the killer. Motivations involved in serial killings are fears of rejection, power, and perfection....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Victim, Killer]

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Serial Killers And The Media

- Today 's society seems entranced by serial killers in the news and media. Because of the worldwide coverage on serial killers, forensic psychiatrists have taken an interest in these people and often interview them after they have been caught. There are multiple studies and reports of individuals who have committed serial murders but only a small amount of reports on adolescents who have shown serious fantasies about becoming serial killers prior to actualizing their fantasy. This paper explores the question that has been asked for centuries....   [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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Serial Killers And The Media

- Whether it is Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and person of the like, you may have a bad feeling about them due to their ill past. This is not due to an inner judgment of the person on your part, more than likely it is the media that has skewed your views of a serial killer. The news media is just playing their role in society and that is to inform people but they do so in a way that frightens people into coming back to view the media that they produce. The other types of media such as movies, television shows, radio stations, and books also portray serial killers as monsters to entertain people....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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The Crime Of A Serial Killer

- INTRODUCTION Killing someone is not something new and it does not just take place in America. Since ancient times, murderers have been from all over the world. The reason why this phenomenon is on people’s mind now is not because it is new, but rather because they recently started hearing about it. The reasons for this were because killers, like serial killers especially, have not had a lot of coverage in the media. If any, little research has been done on them. Serial killing in itself is a lot less than the murders that take place within a year, that is because the act of a serial killer is a lot more rare....   [tags: Crime, Murder, Y chromosome, Serial killer]

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Inside The Minds Of Serial Killers

- Inside The Minds of Serial Killers What drives someone to kill. Is it the course of how their life went. Is it for personal gain. Can you personally imagine killing one person. How about 50. Now that I have your attention I want to direct your attention to the mind, act, and emotional state of a serial killer. My goal is to get you to understand the various reasons why certain humans decide to commit these horrendous acts. Honestly, what you may discover is that many serial killers start off the same and end the same....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer]

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Serial Killers And The Killers

- “Over the years, the media has assembled an almost generic profile for [serial killers]: They’re white male outcasts. They’re evil geniuses and sexual predators who target women and children” (Mysteries 128). Many people would generalize serial killers into those three categories, but in reality, serial killers come in all different variations and have their own reasons behind their madness. Serial killers’ behaviors and personalities have perplexed and intrigued society over the years, and has the public wondering what drives them to commit the violent crimes that they do....   [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

- Ted Bundy grew up in a working-class family in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1972 with a degree in psychology and was accepted to law school. The Republican governor of Washington even wrote Bundy a letter of recommendation after he worked with him on a campaign. And yet, Ted Bundy was one of the most infamous serial killers of the twentieth century, responsible for the deaths of at least thirty-six women. Bundy was charismatic and astute, making him a sort of a celebrity in the seventies....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Murder, Crime]

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Serial Killers And The Killers

- Killer vs Killer Countless people throughout the years have researched serial killers because they are so fascinating; however, not much is known about them. Serial murder has been a long researched topic among criminologists; some of which disagree about what the legal definition of a serial murder, which is, “The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events.” (FBI- Serial Murder 9) The definition does not include the cool-down period like it used to but typically, serial killers take a break in between killings....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Jeffrey Dahmer, Gender]

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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 Are Only Motivated By Sex

- Serial killers are only motivated by sex; this is a misconception because not all serial murders are sexually-based. There are many other motivations for serial murders, including anger, thrill, financial gain, and attention seeking. For instance, a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Lee Boyd Malvo killed primarily for anger and thrill motivations (“Serial Murder”). In addition, serial killers are all the same is also a misassumption. There are different type of serial murders including motives, visionary, mission-oriented, power/control, and hedonistic....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Lust murder, Crime]

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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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Serial Killers And Nature Vs. Nurture Theory

- Serial Killers Are serial killers born with the need to kill, or is it something that they learn to do as they grew up. There are many theories as to why people become serial killers, but most are associated with the Nature vs. Nurture Theory. Many side with the nurture theory believing that serial killers are created from horrible childhood traumas like unstable households and abusive parents. While other people choose the opposite side of the spectrum: biological factors. Psychologist try to examine the brain of a serial killer through the use of MRI scans, conversations, and genetics in order to find abnormalities in the brain....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy]

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Serial Killers And The Crime

- However, in order to act out their fantasy, serial killers tend to either murder those who would not be missed: prostitutes, runaways, and street dwellers, or high-life professionals; the type of victim more or less weighs on the motive of the killing. “Serial killers are believed responsible for a staggeringly large percentage of the nation’s 5,000 annual unsolved slayings” (Costa 54). Because these persons are viewed as disposable to killers and will not be missed, the large percentage is not as shocking as it could be....   [tags: Serial killer, Ted Bundy, Crime, John Wayne Gacy]

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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 Key Risk Factors

- Introduction: The Study of Serial Killers and Key Risk Factors The matter of serial murderers for many, many years have been dealt with by law enforcement officials. (Hickey, 2005, 6). However, the evolutionary concept of serial homicide is difficult to reconstruct with any degree of specification. The study of serial homicide, in particular of their victims is not fully elaborated in academic work. Although no one can agree with one single identifiable cause or factor that leads to the development of serial murderers, a partial answer can lie in the development of the individual from birth to adulthood, as there are a multitude of factors contributing to their development....   [tags: Murder, Serial killer, Lust murder, Homicide]

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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

- Early Childhood Signs of Being a Serial Killer Have you ever wondered what signs to watch for in children that could possibly lead to them becoming a serial killer. There are many questions about what defines a serial killer, was it caused by their surroundings at infancy, or perhaps born with certain traits that influenced them to committing violence. However, none of these signs are a definite probability that the child is going to grow up murdering others, but with knowing these potential warning signs you could get your child help as soon as possible....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Crime]

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The Psychological And Sociological Characteristics Of The Serial Killers

- While profiling serial killers we must look into their psychological and sociological characteristics in order to see if there is a pattern in which criminologist are able to pin point traits that can be related to other serial killers. By having this information criminologist are able to make determinations to what social approach problems a serial killer might posse. While serial killers only represent a small fraction of criminals in the United States, their crime contributes to only a small number of crimes (O’Reilly-Fleming, 1996)....   [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

- There have been millions of people murdered throughout the world by serial killers. Each victim killed with a different motive or deranged reason for killing. Almost no two killers the same whether they kill their victims for personal pleasure or because they have an undiagnosed mental illness. Whatever their reasons are, they still have make people around the world think twice about who they can trust One serial killer in particular is Ted Kaczynski or the unabomber. He built home made bombs and mailed them to civilians and government officials....   [tags: Police, Murder, Police officer, Serial killer]

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Determining Defining Female Serial Murder

- In order to collect data, the researchers took three distinct steps: criteria defining female serial murder were identified, preliminary data collection that used the criteria in the first step was used in order to select a sample of female offenders, and the initial samples were compared to Kelleher and Kelleher (1998) study (Farrell, Keppel, & Titterington, 2011). Also, Farrell, Keppel, and Titterington also looked at a number of offenders and case characteristics other than just motivation, such as the offender’s age at the time she committed the crime and when the crimes were discovered, race, how long the offender was active, the number of victims, method, location, career, mental state...   [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 Serial Killer By James Clayton Vaughn Jr.

- Nicknamed “the racist killer” James Clayton Vaughn Jr. killed more than fifteen people. He is a perfected example of what characterizes a mission type serial killer. He was a neo nazi and a member of the Ku Klux Klan and was motivated to kill interracial couples and Jewish people because of his hatred towards them and belief that they were inferior and destroying America. His desire to kill this demographic of people stemmed from his desire to incite a race war after reading Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf....   [tags: Serial killer, Murder, Ted Bundy]

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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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How Do Serial Killers Affect Society? Jeffrey Dahmer

- How do serial killers affect society “Jeffrey Dahmer”. Serial killers have both bad and believe it or not good effects on society. By good, I mean having serial killers and understanding why they do what they do and understanding their past lets psychologists, social workers and other social services and research understand why a human would enjoy doing those things, and possibly what events or circumstances led them to become a serial killer, whether it has to do with genetics or coming from a very bad environment and home-life or a mix of genetics and hardships....   [tags: Jeffrey Dahmer, Serial killer, Murder]

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

- Monster is a movie based on a true story about an American female serial killer. Aileen Wuornos was a prostitute who killed multiple men for financial gain to support her and her lover Shelby Wall (her real life name being Tyria Moore). The real life serial killer was convicted of the murders and was executed by lethal injection after ten years on Florida’s death row in 2002. Aileen was a type of serial killer who killed for comfort which is called Hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure. Aileen was taking care of herself and Selby while living in multiple motels in different areas in Florida....   [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

- What drives an individual to kill another human being. This complex question has no single answer. One might say out of greed, anger, revenge, a domestic dispute taken too far, or even through self-defense. Generally, these reasons can represent the underlying motive behind most killings; however, what about the motives of serial killers. Scholars have often debated what truly makes a serial killer. Several theories have been proposed by criminologists to explain the origin of a serial killer. These include popular theories such as the labeling theory, social structure theory, strain theory, differential association theory, or learning theory....   [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?

- When you think of a serial killer who comes to your mind. Ted Bundy. Son of Sam. Well those are the first two that come to my mind. Even though they are both serial killers they are very different. When you think about the pathology of these two killers they become completely diverse people. What made them start killing is so different from each other that it makes you wonder what made them tick in the first place. Son of Sam also known as David Berkowitz whose formal name is Richard David Flaco was born on June 1, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York....   [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 Killer : A Serial Killer

- There are several different types of murderers, with one of the most popular in the media being a serial killer. A serial killer is someone who kills at least three people at different times with time in between murder described as a “cooling off period”. After killing, they feel a sense of relief for awhile, but when it wears off they feel the need to kill again to release their stress. People often times ask the question of why do the perpetrator’s feel the need to kill to relieve the stress they are feeling, and why they continue to do it....   [tags: Child abuse, Abuse]

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