The definition of a Serial Killer according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is; one who performs a series of murders over a period of time. A Serial Killer is deeper defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Behavioral Analysis Unit as a person who commits 3 or more separate incidents over a span of time, thus causing the death of another human being. Murder is described as causing injury with all intentions of causing said injury to kill. The typical Serial Killer is male, between 18 and 35 years old, and Caucasian. The majority of Serial Killers are not technically insane; however two-thirds of them are
1) There are many similarities amongst the serial killers we’ve seen and learned about in class. Primarily, it seems as though they have no morals; they lack compassion and kindness. Serial killers don’t have a standard personality. They aren’t rational or reasonable, and they all exhibit no clear motive for killing. The videos showed me that these serial killers have no structure in their personality; they are all over the place, constantly changing their emotions and feelings.
Firstly, people may not be responsible for their acts. Statistics show that in the USA most executions that took place; people were proven to be insane .The effect of this is injustice and unfair due to the fact the person was not aware of what he or she was doing. They are in a state of mind which prevents normal behaviour. Moreover some see it as immoral which leads to disadvantages. As people state “to take a life when a life is lost is revenge, not justice”.
Dahmer was a serial killer who killed 17 people before he was caught and imprisoned for life. This paper will attempt to try and determine what forces may have impacted his life from the viewpoint of developmental psychology. Forces including heredity, environment, family, and
N’Kia West April 22, 2014 English 1010 Professor Jones The Mind Behind the Crime There are many known serial killers out in this world, and of course, these serial killers are not favorited by people. Many people do not know exactly why they kill, though there are simple reasons, maybe because of their childhood, not getting the love and support that any child should get, or maybe because of a mental disorder. But what makes a serial killer conceive of such malicious acts and with disregards of morality and consequence? What drives someone to such drastic measures to go as far as killing another? Do they do it for pleasure and ease?
This essay will describe and assess Gary Leon Ridgway’s story, from childhood to his darker days. Robert Hare’s theory of crime and psychopath categories will be taken into consideration and used to more appropriately understand the man dubbed the Green River Killer. At the end of this essay, whether or not Gary Ridgway can be classified as a primary, secondary, or dissocial psychopath. Gary Ridgway began murdering women in the 1980’s and continued into the 1990’s, he murdered so many that his court statements state that he had lost count (Guillen, 2006). The majority of the murders took place between 1982-1984 (Guillen, 2006).
In his book “The black book of serial killers” (2), he describes and defines the two crime characteristics. He states that depending on their IQ they are either “organized” or “disorganized”. While speaking about the “Vampire of Dusseldorf” (Peter Kürten) the profiler says, “Peter Kürten is a hardened criminal whose career spans over thirty years. When he was denounced in 1930, it is because he knew he was about to get caught. Like any psychopath organized, it's him who wants to have the last word and manipulate those around him.” Indeed the principal characteristic of an organized serial killer is to control him self during the crime, to live with a partner (he asked his wife to denounce him so then she could get the reward) and to be able to the dominate the conversation.
Some of the more noted serial killers are Charles Manson, Jeffry Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Dennis Rader (BTK) and the subject of this research paper, John Wayne Gacy who was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty for the killing of 33 teenage boys in the state of Illinois. In this research paper we will explore what defines a serial killer, explain the biologicval, situational and development factors that have contributed to John Wayne Gacy’s behavior including geographical mobility, victimology, and his modeus operandi signature. This research paper will give the reader a look into the life and history of John Waye Gacy; the serial killer. When trying to look into the mind and make up of a serial killer such as Gacy, there first needs to be a history given about the term serial killer along with defining exactly what makes a killer an actual serial killer. According to (Turvey, 2011), the term serial killer developed from an FBI profiler special agent; Robert K. Ressler.
Jack The Ripper Who doesn’t recognize Jack the Ripper as one of the most notorious killers of all time? He was never caught and was one of the first serial killers to prey on innocent citizens. I don’t believe that it was the fault of the police for not capturing Jack the Ripper for many reasons. Apart from the lack of technology which limited the police to witnesses there are many other significant reasons for never finding and stopping the Whitechapel murderer. Although there is overwhelming evidence to say that the police did their best there are still two sides to the argument.
Uguer Sperti 7 Honors psych America’s first documented serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett otherwise known as H. H. Holmes was America’s first documented serial killer. Holmes was estimated to have killed over 200 men and woman in his career. At an early age Holmes was exceedingly smart. Holmes took on an interest in medicine and human anatomy at a young age as well. During Holmes’s collage career he stole dead bodies from the school morgue and used them in various insurance scams.