Jack the Ripper The definition of a serial killer is usually an individual who has killed three or more people over a time period of more than a month. Between the murders there have been what is called a down time, "a cooling of period". Often there is a sexual element involved in the killings and the offenders usually act alone and the victims often have something in common such as race, age or similar appearance. I have always been fascinated by the psychology of criminals and chose to write about Jack the Ripper because he does not quite fit the typical profile of a serial killer yet he is one of the most infamous serial killer to this day. The fact that his identity is unknown makes it even more interesting.
William Pickton Psychology: William Pickton had some mental differences for sure. He was accused of killing about 60 women over his life. Most of these women he killed were drug addicts or prostitutes. There was said to be lots of visible blood and dirt in his trailer. One of Pickton’s friends said that he described how he killed the victims and what he did to them.
Abuse and neglect in the home is a leading cause of death for children age 4 and younger. Most physical abuse fatalities are committed by fathers and other male caretakers, although the great majority of parenting and child abuse prevention programs are targeted to women. Family violence is strongly correlated with child abuse fatalities; about 50 percent of homes with adult violence also involve child abuse and neglect. The pathology spills over class and economic condition. The cycle of abuse is difficult to interrupt; abused children often, as adults, become abusers themselves.
Jack the Ripper On dark and gloomy nights it was not uncommon for an alcoholic prostitute to get mangled in a dark alley for about twelve weeks in Whitechapel, London that is. The notorious Jack the Ripper was never caught that is why he could possible be the worlds most famous serial killer. Since he was never caught several people have been considered suspects of the brutal killing of middle aged women. Of the multiple women killed during the rein of Jack the Ripper only five were considered to be victims. Throughout the murders there was also letters sent to the police telling them how he would kill the next person and mooching them because of their false accusations.
Female Serial Killers 1) My name is Alicia, and I am doing my presentation on female serial killers. a) I picked this topic because often times people don’t think that women can commit such violent crimes, but there are actually quite a few famous cases of female serial killers. 2) Overview: b) What makes them different? i) How are female serial killers different than male serial killers? c) Why they do what they do?
Jeffery Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Mark Allen Smith, Richard Chase, Ted Bundy were serial killers during the twentieth century. These five men alone have been responsible for at least ninety deaths, and many suspect that their victims might total twice that number. Serial killers were the most feared and hated of criminals. They are classified as serial killers because they have similar reasons to kill over and over again with no guilt, no remorse, and no hint of human compassion. This caused by violence in society, family atmosphere, and psychological condition.
Another possible answer comes from a facilitation model (Thornberry et al., 1993) in which the norms and the group processes within the gang encourage involvement in violence and other delinquency. If norms within gangs are favorable toward violence and delinquency, members would be expected to adhere to those norms and commit delinquent acts while they were a part of the group. "Once a person enters a group, reciprocal processes lead to further commonalties in activities, including deviant ones. There is a transmission of values and, for some networks, a contagion of social problems" (Cairns and Cairns, 1991:273). A third possibility is that both processes are in effect, operating in an enhancement model, as suggested by Cairns and Cairns (1991), Esbensen and Huizinga (1993), and Hill et al.
Crime as defined by Winterdyk, “is a socially constructed concept used to categorize certain behaviours as requiring formal control and warranting some form of social intervention” (Winterdyk, 2006, p. 491). Individuals that commit these criminal acts are believed to have made a specific choice in the matter. The benefits and consequences have been weighed therefore the criminal has made the choice, but what other circumstances can have a role in this decision? It is understood that social structures, social processes and human biology can all have an affect on the outcome of our individual acts. However the biological flaws of persons are not as significant as one may think.
Several distinguishing features of the gang include the blood in blood out oath, which requires a murder to be committed for entry and members trying to leave are killed. Many members hail from Sureno gangs and its symbols include the number 13 or a black hand print, which is often tattooed on members. The gang is loosely allied with MS-13 and the Aryan brotherhood due to their common rivals in the penal system. Lastly, the gang’s main criminal activities include homosexual prostitution in prison, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, money laundering, human trafficking, and illegal gambling (Fleisher,
Due to Dorner’s various act being linked together as a result of a singular event by classification he fits the mold of a spree killer. By definition a spree killer is an assailant who moves from place to place in rapid succession and who commits multiple murders at each location. In Dorner’s case, victims involved thru the span of his stint included law enforcement officers, their families, and civilians misidentified as the suspect (injured by police not Dorner). His M.O. (Modus operandi) was to take lethal action against those involved in sullying his reputation.