Phenomenon Of Serial Murder

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Register to read the introduction… Patterns of serial killing fall broadly into two categories of motivation: "Extrinsic, where the impulse to kill is located outside the killer's psyche-that is, he perceives a rational reason for murder in outside situations and events" (Fox and Levin 12). "More frequently the motivation is intrinsic to the psyche of the killer, whether or not that motivation is apparent to an independent observer" (Fox and Levin 12). Closer psychological analysis of known cases indicates that serial murders fit into one of four main types according to the predominate homicidal motivation: Visionaries, Missionaries, Hedonists, and Power Seekers.
Visionaries include killers who act in response to "voices" and alter egos, where "instructions" received serve to justify and legitimize the act of murder. David Berkowitz better known as the "Son Of Sam" is an example of a visionary who claimed that his delusional persecutions by demons were responsible for the shootings and killings of his 17 victims. "I am the demon from the bottomless pit here on earth to create havoc and terror. I am War, I am death. I am destruction" (Elliot and Leyton
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The first sub-type, lust killers, is probably the largest sub-section of serial killers for whom sexual gratification is the primary motivation and whose crimes most frequently exhibit a considerable element of sadism. Two examples of lust killers are Jerry Brudos and Douglas Clark. Jerry Brudos kept the foot of one of his victims in the deep-freeze to periodically take out and dress up with his collection of black stiletto-heeled women's shoes. Douglas Clark kept a victim's head, which he cleaned and made-up with cosmetics in order to use it in sex acts. The second sub-type, thrill killers, achieve pleasure in the act of killing, although sexual abuse may take place, the motivation is not sexual gratification but the desire for an "experience" or a "thrill." The third sub-type, gain killers, exhibit the comparatively rare motive among serial killers of personal, usually financial, acquisitions. Two examples John George Haigh, the "Acid Bath Killer," and George Joseph Smith of "Brides in the Bath" both saw murder as a profitable

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