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Unformatted text preview: Chapter Five: The Male Serial Murderer 1) What are some of the general characteristics of male serial killers? Include relevant statistics where available. &#2; Typical guys Working class jobs, hanging out in bars, owning business, pastors, predators surfing net[Hickey 2006:133] Hitchhikers, transients also &#2; victims from any setting Inside & outside locales Usually die more violently than case w/typical murder &#2; Charles Starkweather: shooting people, was, I guess, a kind of a thrill. It brought out something [Hickey 2006:133] &#2; Edmund Kemper I just wondered how it would be to shoot grandma [Hichkey 2006:133] &#2; Public fascination with them Extreme dark side of human nature Extremely dangerous So little research understanding of motives, lives, and personalities Similarities as strong as differences &#2; Some have sex with victim before death/some after &#2; Some collect trophies/some do not &#2; Victims include men, women, children, elderly, prostitutes, transients, etc. &#2; Inc in SK after WWII Pace rapidly pickeD up in 1960s & 1970 More media attention nationally Law enf focus on SK inc during 1980s 1990s saw integration of training on SK into law enf workshops Universities created courses &#2; 1800-2004, 96% SK started skilling after 1900 1900-1924 5% SK appeared 1925-1949, 7% appeared 1950-1974, 34% appeared 1975-2004, 50% appeared Time period 1975-2000 saw most prevalent time for id of SK 2000-2004 SK emergence not as much May be due to overall dec in viol crime SK not as high as mass murder &#2; SK provide raw material for movies, news, book plots &#2; Rise in SK past 30 yrs belief in rise of new type of criminal predator Crim 220, Spring 2008, Homicide Dr. Kelley 1 Prev under-reporting of such homicide Self-fulfilling prophecy Inconsistency in defining the phen Medias proliferation of splatter and snuff movies Porn depicting viol . . . Belief that changes in economy connected to surges of viol beh Fem belief that SK is extreme form of male domination of women based on patriarchy [Hickey 2006:134] 2) What are the existing myths and corresponding realities about serial killers? &#2; Nearly all white 1 in 5 black &#2; All male 17% female &#2; Insane 2%-4% legally insane &#2; All lust killers Many are, but several cases have no sexual assaults, torture or sexual mutilations &#2; Kill dozens Few have high body counts but most kill < 10 &#2; Kill alone About 1 in 4 have 1 or more partners &#2; Victims are beaten, stabbed, strangled, or tortured to death...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course CRIM 220 taught by Professor Kelley during the Spring '08 term at Longwood.
- Spring '08