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Serial Killers
An analysis of the etiology of the serial killer behavior.
# 92115 | 2,947 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 13, 2007 in Sociology (General) , Psychology (General) , Criminology (General)

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This paper discusses how serial killers almost have the level of cult heroes in the psyche of the United States and other countries. It attempts to define who serial killers are, what makes them who they are and why they have commanded our interest in such a way.

Backgrounds of Serial Killers
Motivation of Serial Killers
Male versus Female Serial Killers
Police Hunts for Serial Killers

From the Paper:

"Documentation of crimes felt to be attributable to serial killers have been noted since the 15th Centrury. In the Psychopathica Sexualis, Richard von Krafft Ebing reports an incident of serial murder in Italy in t he 1870s. We all have heard of Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London in 1888. The term serial killer, however, , yet the term only came into popular use sometime in the 1970s. No one is sure who exactly gets the credit for the nomenclature. It was first widely applied to the cases surrounding the murders committed by Ted Bundy and the Son "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • MacDonald, JM (1963) The Threat to Kill. American Journal of Psychiatry, 125-130
  • Brantley, BA and Ochberg, FM "Lethal Predators and Future Dangerousness," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, April 2003, 16-21.
  • Le Duff, C "Prosecutors Say Ex-Doctor Killed Because It Thrilled Him," New York Times, September 6, 2000.
  • Mitchell, E.W. The aetiology of a serial murderer toward an integrated murderer.
  • Skrapec, CA. (1996). The sexual component of serial murder. In T. O' Reilly-Fleming (ed.) Serial and Mass Murder: Theory, Research and Policy. Toronto: Canadian Scholar's Press.

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