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Multiple HomicidesWeek 6ySerial Killers-Portrayed as unpredictable, random in their choice of victims, and a potential danger to all of us-Reality: serial killers are rare events – less fear from such killers than we do from those we know intimately Chapter 11 – Mass & Spree MurderOfficial Data on Multiple Murders-Hard to attain data on (p. 185)-Compared to US, Canada and Australia has far fewer multiple-victim killings-Because of the way official data is collected, demographic data on mass murdersand their victims are sparse Definition of Mass Murder-Mass murder: killing of three or more victims as part of a single ongoing eventoEx. San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre and George Hennard (p. 187)-Mass murder is more likely to occur in the context of a domestic situation or a felony crime oDomestic mass murders receive less publicity Well-Known Cases of Mass Murder-July 14th, 1966 – killing of 8 student nurses by Richard Speck in Chicago-August 1st, 1966 – killing of 16 & wounded 39 by Charles Whitman from the clocktower at the University of TexasoArgument as to whether he should have been called a mass murderer or aspree murdereroWhitman killed his mother & wife then the next day drove to U of Texas where he killed the others oB/C it’s a multiple day event, it is argued that it is a spree oThose who categorize it as a mass murder focus on events at U of TexasTypologies of Mass Murders and Mass Murderers (p.189)Park Dietz (1986) categorized mass murderers into 3 categories:1.Family Annihilators – those who kill their entire family and often themselves in one incident within the homeKiller is the patriarch of the familyDepressed & frequently an alcoholicExample: Belding Family: John Belding (42 year old father) shot his wife &two children to death before committing suicide himself 2.Psudo-commandos – are obsessed with weapons and bring an ample supply tocomplete their massacre Don’t act impulsively Carefully select public area where many people can be killed quicklyCommit suicide or force police officer to kill them
Multiple HomicidesWeek 6Example: James Huberty (McDonald’s Masacare) and Charles Whitman (U of Texas)3.Set-and-run-killers – use methods such as bombing or poison to allow their ownescapeTimothy McVeigh – the man who bombed the Oklahoma Federal Building,Homes & Homes included 4 additional categories:1.Disciples – they are trying to attain acceptance from a charismatic leader Like Charles Manson – followed by Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel &