Differences: Similarities Between Murderers And Serial Killers

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According to Mark Twain,
“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”
In other words, people can find joy in causing harm in others. Murderers and serial killers are seen to be people that are evil, dangerous and heinous. A murderer is a person who commit an unlawful killing of another person or animal. A serial killer is an individual who murders three or more people over a 30-day period. Some murderers and serial killers pick their victims at random. For example, victims can have a certain physical feature, socioeconomic status, gender and come from a certain race that a murderer and serial killer look for. Murderers and serial killers can have characteristics that fit a profile. William MacDonald and Jeffery Dahmer are two serial killers that have similarities and differences.

William MacDonald also known as the “Mutilator” was born in 1924 in England. He was also born as Allan Ginsberg but later changed his name to William MacDonald. As a child,
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MacDonald murder his victims in Sydney, Australia and Dahmer murder his victim in the United States. MacDonald would use a knife to kill his victim whereas Dahmer used chemicals and drugs. Another difference between the two serial killers is that MacDonald’s victims were over the age of 40 and Dahmer’s victims were strictly African American men. The motive to kill were slightly different too. MacDonald killed his victims because he was a victim of rape and was taking it out on random people. Dahmer’s motive was never stated but he did have the urge to kill at an early age. Dahmer targeted specific people of a race and MacDonald randomly chose his victim based off the urge and the voices in his head. The last differences between the two-serial killer was MacDonald had a mental illness and the article that the reader used does not indicate if Dahmer had a mental

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