Serial Killers Just a little bit bent….
Defined: • A person that kills 3 or more people in a “several week-to-month period” with similar M.O. and associated with: • Cooling-off period (not with mass or spree murderers) • Psychological gratification • Sexual gratification • Thrill • Anger • Financial gain • Attention • NOTE: usually a combination • AND victims usually have commonalities • Age, race, sex, addiction, prostitution
Types not to be confused with: • Mass murderer: Kill many at one time • No cooling off period • Genocides • Spree killer: Kill at one or more locations, all at the same time, then stopped • Usually all victims tied to anger of killer • Again, no cooling-off period • “Going Postal”
Serial killers in the United States tend to share the following general characteristics, but this is not always the case: • On average, they are white males, from a lower-to-middle-class background, usually in their twenties or thirties • They are often intelligent, with IQs in the "bright normal" range • Often they have trouble staying employed. Usually they have menial jobs as well • They tend to come from unstable families • As children, they are often abandoned by their fathers and raised by domineering mothers • Their families often have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories
Continued: • They were often abused — emotionally, physically and/or sexually — by a family member • They have high rates of suicide attempts • From an early age, many are intensely interested in voyeurism, fetishism, and sadomasochisticpornography • More than 60 percent wet their beds beyond the age of 12 • Many are fascinated with fire starting • They are involved in sadistic activity or torturing animals • They were frequently bullied as children • some were involved in petty crimes, such as theft, fraud, vandalism, dishonesty or similar offences
On to our Biography • You are going to investigate any of the number of serial killers that have existed • Details to follow: