Conclusion – Understanding serial killers

I am all for understanding serial killers but for the right reasons. And the only sound reason in my opinion is for the benefit not of the killer, but those affected by them (if they choose to do so, in Maria’s case) and society in general (lessons that can be learned from the case to prevent such thing from happening again).

Try to understand the serial killer's actions and thoughts in your own head

A 2008 graduate of the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy, Ms. Knapp produced a number of news stories about her experience attending the class. In March 2010, she traveled to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia to film a series that focused on the Behavioral Science Unit’s development of the Evil Minds Research Museum, which is dedicated to understanding serial killers.

Conclusion - Understanding serial killers

Would you watch a movie about understanding serial killers, if it had a good plot? Silva et al. say their characterization of a subset of serial killers as having high-functioning autism could lead to a greater understanding of the etiology of both serial homicide and autism. "Psychological phenomena of central importance to understanding serial killers such as deficits in empathy have frequently been explained as originating from a psychopathic core," they say, "thereby missing the possibility that deficits in empathy may also be due to autistic psychopathology."

and ultimately understanding serial killers

If it weren't for his paranormal interests, Mulder would merely be abrilliant, precocious agent with a talent for understanding serial killers-- perhaps a character from an entirely different series. "It would be anobvious choice to make him an oddball, a mad professor," commented DavidDuchovny. But, unlike the UFO enthusiasts in , Mulderis reassuringly normal, mainstream, calm.

Curious about what makes a serial killer…well, a serial killer

It may be impossible to fully categorize and understand any serial killer, but it is possible to review their methods and practices to better define what type of criminal they are. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has defined three distinct types of serial killers based on the way they carry out their murders. Understanding which category a serial killer falls into can make it easier to investigate their crimes and how to bring them to justice.Serial killers except in rare cases worked alone. For the serial killer the motivation is not one of money or the out-come of an event. The serial killer is simply motivated to kill as we might need water, the serial killer needs to kill. The typical serial killer is male, between the ages of 25-35, and he is usually white. The majority of the time, he will kill victims of his own race. In a study on serial killers done by Ressler in 1988, in which he took 30 known serial killers and crossed referenced their characteristics to come up with a more accurate stereotype The term serial killer is a recent one, but the crime is not. Oh, and did I mention that he was also a serial killer, cannibal, and child molester? In 1968, John Wayne Gacy was arrested for sexually assaulting a boy. The boy was not murdered. In fact, Gacy paid the boy to keep quiet. This time for soliciting a boy for sex. Outwardly everything was perfect in Gacy's world. The victim unwilling to let the crime go unsolved was diligent in his pursuit to track down Gacy. Although arrested, Gacy was released due to lack of evidence. This time a warrant was issued and Gacy's home was searched. The odor filled the house. There were 3 decomposing male bodies. Immediately Gacy was arrested. He then confessed to sexually torturing and murdering over 30 victims. David Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam, was one of the few Jewish serial killers. To help us to better understand serial killers Robert Ressler, Ann Burgess, and John Douglas performed a very extensive study involving 36 incarcerated serial killers. The study aimed to identify common traits in the childhood backgrounds of the killers in question. Out of the 36 serial killers used in this study28 of them showed frequent daydreaming, compulsive masturbation, isolation, chronic lying, cruelty to children, running away, and cruelty to animals. 27 of these serial killers showed traits for rebelliousness, stealing, poor body image, and temper tantrums Serial killers tend to be white heterosexual males in there twenties and thirties. Serial killers usually murder strangers with cooling off periods between each crime. Serial killers tend to prey on women and children of their same race. However some homosexual killers enjoy hunting gay men. Most serial killers grew up in violent households, tortured animals, and were bed- wetter when they were young. As adults many serial killers enjoy setting fires, have some sort of brain damage, and are addicted to alcohol or drugs.