CRIMINAL MINDS & SERIAL KILLERTERMINOLOGY1.Homicidal Triad: The three things all serial killers have in common intheir background. They are arson, bedwetting, and harming animals.2. LDSK: An offender who shoots their victims in order to create panic and fear; often improperly referred to as a “sniper”.3.Hero Homicide:Murders committed by a person looking for recognition without intent to kill. Often committed by a health care provider. These murders are the result of unsuccessful attempt to hurt someone and later come to the rescue.4.Organized Offender:A person who commits a planned crime, in a premeditated manner, leaving few to no clues. This type of offender may also carry a “kit” to a potential crime scene, and will generally choose their victims with precise specifications.5. Psychopath:A personality disorder defined by long-term disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse and disinhibited or bold behavior.6. Sociopath:A person with antisocial personality disorder. Probably themost widely recognized personality disorder. A sociopath is often will liked because of their charm and high charisma, but they do not usually care about other people. They think mainly of themselves and often blame others for the things that they do. They have complete disregard for rules and lie constantly. They seldom feel guilt or learn from punishments. Though some sociopaths have become murderers, most reveal their sociopathy through less deadly and sensational means. Ted Bundy, Manson7. Profiler:A mental health professional and/or law enforcement officer with behavioral science training who helps determine the traits of an Unknown offender from aspects of the victim and crime scene.8.Unknown Suspect:This is used in lieu of a suspect’s name.9.Disorganized Offender:A person who commits a crime haphazardly or opportunistically, using weapons found at the scene and often leaving clues. (Motives are more difficult to discover and signatures harder to find).10.Criminal Profiling:The use of observation of a crime scene, or crime scenes, and the pattern of crimes to determine investigative relevant characteristics of the perpetrator; it is used as a guide for police and other authorities to narrow down a list of suspects and devise a strategy for questioning.11.Piquerism:A paraphilia in which one finds pleasure in stabbing or cutting bodies with a sharp object.
12.Sadist:Someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others.13.Signature: Unique and integral part of the offender’s behavior. Goes beyond the actions needed to commit the crime. Personal expression or ritual based on fantasies of the offender. The signature aspect remains a constant enduring part of each offender and never changes.