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Serial Killers: An Overview
Characteristics, causes, psychological theories, role of fantasy, insanity issues. Focus on Ted Bundy. Also discusses Ed Kemper, John Wayne Gacy & others.
# 10658 | 4,950 words | 10 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 14, 2003 in Psychology (Disorders) , Criminology (General)

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"The serial killer has become a staple in books and films, a new form of bogey man that strikes fear into the public precisely because there seems to be no clear reason why he (or, in the rare instance, she) kills. The real reason for the fear is that there is usually no connection between the killer and his victim, and this means that anyone can become a victim at any time if they meet the serial killer at an inopportune moment. Capturing these elusive murderers is very difficult, and there are a number of well-known serial killers who remain at large to this day, such as the Zodiac in San Francisco or the Green River Killer in Washington State. A killer like Ted Bundy is even more difficult to capture as a rule because he traveled across the country, killing in different jurisdictions rather..."

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