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Female Serial Killers
A discussion and analysis of female serial killers.
# 128561 | 1,825 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 27, 2010 in Psychology (Disorders) , Criminology (Forensics) , Criminology (General)

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This essay focuses on a number of specific elements of female serial killers, those which may set them aside from their male counterparts. The first section of the essay focuses on a broad overview of the significance of the differences between male and female serial killers, which has led to different typologies being applied. The second section discusses the implication of sexual motives to the female serial killer, an aspect which is usually more associated with male murderers than females. Finally, the last section focuses on the victims which are selected by female serial killers, as this is perhaps one of the most substantial differences from male serial killers.

Diverse Typologies of Female Serial Killers
Female Serial Killers as Sexual Predators
Victims of Female Serial Killers

From the Paper:

"The typologies for serial killers were originally developed for males, but a review of these determined that they were insufficient for description of many female serial killers. This is due to many differences which are present in all aspects of the murders carried out by male and female serial killers. As a result new typologies were introduced, including black widow, angel of death, revenge killer and team killer. There were also determined to be female serial killers who were profit of crime killers and sexual predators (Kelleher & Kelleher, 1998, cited in Silvio et al., 2006). This is consistent with a review of available records conducted by Riedel (1998) suggested that the predominant motivations for female serial killers were financial security, revenge, enjoyment and sexual stimulation. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davis, C.A. (2001). Women who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers. London: Allison and Busby Limited.
  • Frei, A., Vollm, B., Graf, M. & Dittmann, V. (2006). Female serial killing: Review and case report. Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, 16(3): 167-176.
  • Hickey, E.W. (2002). Serial Murderers and Their Victims. 3rd Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Learning.
  • Kraemer, G.W., Lord, W.D. & Helibrun, K. (2004). Comparing single and serial homicide offenses. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 22(3): 325-343.
  • MacLeod, M. (2003). Killer Couples. Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods. Retrieved on November 14, 2008, from: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/partners/gallego/index_1.html.

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