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Serial Killers: An Overview
This paper discusses serial killers, which the FBI generally defines as someone who kills three or more times with a cooling-off period between the crimes.
# 93932 | 3,980 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2007 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Social) , Criminology (General)

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This paper explains that, to the public, serial killers appear to be so skilled and clever that they are a particular worry for society and a hidden danger for which there seems to be no shield or protection. The author points out that, in addition to disrupted childhoods, there seems to be some genetic link to criminal behavior as demonstrated by twin studies, which have shown that patterns of significant antisocial behavior are more common between identical twins than non-identical siblings. The paper stresses that serial killers are caught because, regardless of how clever they are, eventually, they leave some kind of evidence behind that forensic science, which has made tremendous advances in recent years, can use to identify the killer. The paper includes many examples of serial killers.

Table of Contents:
Traits of Serial Killers
Examples of Serial Killers
Catching Serial Killers
How Many Serial Killers are There?

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ferguson, Kathryn H. 2005. "You Don't Know Jack." Journal of Australian Studies, No. 84.
  • Barber, Mike. 2003. "Serial Killers: They're Not Always Who We Think." Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle, WA), Feb. 21.
  • Bardsley, Marilyn; Bell, Rachael; and Lohr, David. 2005. "BTK - Birth of a Serial Killer," in Crime Library. CourtTV. Accessed via the Internet 4/13/06. <>
  • Breed, Allen G. 2005. No title. AP Online, March 5.
  • Giannangelo, Stephen J. The Psychopathology of Serial Murder: A Theory of Violence. Praeger Publishers, 1996.

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