RUTGERS INTRO Week 12

RUTGERS INTRO Week 12 - CRITICAL ISSUES CHAPTER 4 SERIAL...

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CRITICAL ISSUES CHAPTER 4 SERIAL MURDER Popular Myths and Empirical Realities
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INTRODUCTION: Since the early 1980’s Americans have become aware of a particularly dangerous class of murderers known as serial murderers. Characterized by the tendency to kill repeatedly at least 3 or 4 victims and often with increasing brutality, serial killers stalk their victims, one at a time for weeks, months or years, generally not stopping until they are caught. Serial killers are different from Mass Murderers. Mass Murderers are those who slaughter their victims in one event. They tend to target people they know, often for the sake of revenge, using an efficient weapon of mass destruction, usually a high powered firearm
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MYTH #1 There is an Epidemic of Serial Murder in the United States One exhaustive study enumerated between 2526 to 3860 victims slain by 399 serial killers in the United States between 1800 and 1995. This same study identified only 153 perpetrators and as many as 1400 victims for an average annual tally of far less than 100. That equates to less than 1% of the homicides in this country per year. Of course that also means that as much as 1% of the country’s annual murders can be traced to a few dozen dangerous individuals with extremely predatory behavior.
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MYTH #2 Serial Killers are Unusual in Appearance and Lifestyle In reality, most serial; killers are generally white males in their late 20’s or 30’s that span a broad range of human qualities including appearance and intelligence. A related misconception is that serial killers, lacking stable employment or family responsibilities are full time predators who roam far and wide for their victims. Only about one third of known serial killers crossed state lines in their murder sprees.
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