Definition of ‘Serial Murder’ A series of three or more killings, not less than one of which was committed within the United States, having common characteristics such as to suggest the reasonable possibility that the crimes were committed by the same unsub. Protection of Children from Sexual Predator Act of 1998 (Title 18, United States Code, Chapter 51, and Section 1111)
Definition of ‘Mass Murder’ Four or more murders occurring during a particular event with no ‘cooling-off’ period between the murders. A mass murder typically occurs in a single location in which a number of victims are killed by an individual or more. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Myths about Serial Killers • Serial killers are dysfunctional loners. • Serial killers are only white males. • Serial killers are only motivated by sex. • Serial murderers travel and operate in and on the interstate. • Serial killers cannot stop killing. • Serial killers are insane or are evil geniuses. • Serial killers want to get caught.
A Letter to Scotland Yard from ‘Jack the Ripper’ Dear BossI keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn’t you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife’s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good luck.Yours trulyJack the Ripper
Serial Killer Profile The FBI has concluded that the majority of serial killers fit the following profile: A Caucasian male, between the ages of 18 – 32, likely a victim of child abuse and has exhibited signs of the “homicidal triad”.
The “homicidal triad”: (aka the triad of sociopathy or The Macdonald triad) If all three or any combination of two, are present together, can be used to predict or are associated with later violent tendencies, particularly with relation to serial killers.
3 factors • Animal abuse • Arson (small fires, controlled) • Bed-wetting (past toddler age)
Real-life Examples • FBI profilers have determined that approximately 55% - 60% of serial killers wet the bed past the age of 12. • David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) – lit over 1,000 fires before he killed his first victim • Dahmer, DeSalvo, Bundy and Kemper all tortured and killed dozens of animals before moving on to people
Serial Killer Interviews • Charles Manson • http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=jaAcnSnI-fI • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uhmtAmwnDQ • Richard Ramirez • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC5huwZoPZA&feature=related • Ted Bundy • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doADL4-138Y&feature=related • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc1BLCyjBZs&feature=related • Jeffrey Dahmer • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErB0R4wlB64&feature=related • John Hughes • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_XsYUoeRzs&feature=related • John Wayne Gacy • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXvmsKN-0s0&feature=related • Edmund Kemper • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GSPFAd5XO8 • Henry Lee Lucas • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2XjIaHD1IU&feature=related • Dennis Rader • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXa_YreEFEs&feature=related