Essay on Serial Killers --

2479 Words Oct 15th, 1999 10 Pages
SERIAL KILLERS A serial killer is a person whom everybody knows as a friend, a lover or even a father but no one knows about his killer instinct until it’s to late. Serial killers have plagued this country and others for many years. They are hard to find and virtually undetectable until they start murdering the innocent. Serial killers are usually young, white males who are quite intelligent and often come from broken homes. They may have been abused either physically or sexually during childhood and they have serious personality defects, such as low self-esteem and a lifelong sense of loneliness. Although no two serial killers are alike, they all fit this description somewhat. In the sixth edition of Crime and …show more content…
“These types of killers are usually caught more quickly because they leave behind the most evidence often including the murder weapon” (Markowitz, p. 3). Research shows that nearly all of the serial killers targeted women and the murders tended to have a sexual aspect to them. Most serial killers have overactive fantasy lives and their deeds fuel their fantasies. “If no suitable “victim of opportunity” is found during a serial killer’s hunt, the killer might return to the scenes of previous abductions, murders or disposal sites, seeking fuel for their fantasies” (Stalking evil, p. 85). The murder in itself is relatively quick and the killer may use excessive assault to the face to try to depersonalize himself with the victim. The victim is often blindfolded or restrained. There is usually a series of assaultive acts against the victim resulting in death. After their death, the victim’s body is hidden, the evidence carefully disposed of, and the killer may carry the murder weapon with him to use again in other murders. “Disembowlment or mutilation of the face, genitals or breasts are often hallmarks of disorganized killer, who leaves a sloppy crime scene with blood and flesh scattered about” (Stalking evil, p. 85). A serial killer may take “souvenirs” of “trophies” to keep the high of the kill for a prolonged period or

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