Running head: HOW SERIAL KILLERS CHOOSE THEIR VICTIMS 1How Serial Killers Choose Their VictimsElizabeth A. LobrescoLiberty University
HOW SERIAL KILLERS CHOOSE THEIR VICTIMS 2AbstractThere are many reports and article about serial killers. Serial killers are a phenomenon that interest people and make them itch to learn more about why some serial killer kill in the first place. Many things fall into place for a serial killer to choose a victim. Learning the definition of a serial killer will help to clearly get the first insight into a serial killer. Serial killers have been around for a while. Profiling is an important aspect in helping to catch a serial killer. Male and female serial killers differ in more ways than one, whether it comes to choosing victims or kidnapping and killing victims. Keywords: serial killer, victim, female, male
HOW SERIAL KILLERS CHOOSE THEIR VICTIMS 3How Serial Killers Choose Their VictimsIntroductionSerial killers are a phenomenon of the world we live in today. Serial killers are turned movies and television shows, which makes them similar to a cult phenomenon, and people start to idolize and see them in a different light. This light makes serial killers into a science experiment to be studied and people are generally fascinated by the subject. However, serial killers are not people who should be idolized. Serial killers are real human beings who are extremely dangerousand often times, very cunning. Definition of Serial KillingThe definition of serial killer is something that some people may get confused about. Miller (2014) found that:The term serial murderer was coined by FBI Special Agent Robert Ressler duringthe “Son of Sam” killings (which were actually shootings of young women, notsexual homicides per se) in New York City in the 1970s. Up to that time, therewere probably less than 10 serial murderers identified in the United States. By the1980s, the FBI calculated that approximately 35 serial killers were active in theU.S., and in recent years that estimate has swelled to between 200 and 500,accounting for 2000 to 3500 murders a year, more than 10% of all murders in theU.S. In fact, with only 5% of the world's population, some authorities believe thatthe U.S. may have up to 75% of the world's serial killers, perhaps due to the open,mobile nature of American society. The increase in the number of serial killers
HOW SERIAL KILLERS CHOOSE THEIR VICTIMS 4captured and recorded may be due an actual surge in the rate of this crime or tobetter profiling and crime-solving techniques (3).Miller gives great background information on the history and concept behind the words serial killer. Unfortunately, some people may get the definition of a serial killer and mass murderer confused and mix the two up. Not only do they have differing names they also have differing meanings. Miller later stated the actual Federal Bureau of Investigations definition of what a serial killer is.