According to the National Institute of Justice, serial killings, or serial murders, are series of two or more murders committed as separate events, usually by acting alone over a period of time ranging from hours to years. The motive usually deals with psychological issues. There are many commonly found characteristics of these types of killers. They may have varying degrees of mental illnesses which may contribute to their erratic behavior. Serial killers usually have a lack of remorse, the need for control and predatory behavior. The majority of serial killers were abused during their early childhood whether it was emotionally, physically and/or sexually. Some are even involved in sadistic activity. Serial killers usually have a record of petty crimes such as theft, fraud and vandalism. The crimes increase in intensity and eventually can lead to murders such as these explained. Killers often have trouble staying employed and usually the murders are completed in a similar fashion and the victims may have something in common. However, some serial murderers seem normal. They have families and a steady job. There are exceptions to the normal criteria. Harold Shipman was a successful person. He was considered a pillar to the community. He even won an award for a children’s Asthma clinic. Dennis Nelson was a retired veteran with no criminal record when he was arrested. Valdo Taneski was a journalist and a crime reporter. Russell Williams was a well-respected Air Force officer who was
convicted of the murder of two women along with burglaries and rape. Even though most serial killers fall under a criteria of “psycho paths” that isn’t always the case. There are many serial killers in the United States today but one that stands out the most to me is Ted Bundy. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bundy studied psychology at the University of Washington, attended various law schools across the country, and became active in...
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