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Serial Killers

8 pages in length. Typically unassuming, intelligent and almost always the neighborhood nice guy, serial killers wear a convincing mask, never revealing what evil lurks within. Some of the most notorious mass-murderers in history -- Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Albert DeSalvo, David Berkowitz, the Silver Gunman -- have employed a mixed bag of tricks to entice and entrap myriad unsuspecting victims which they brutally tortured and raped to ultimately kill and often dismember. The writer discusses the motivation behind serial killers, as well as addresses how such crimes affect society. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Serial Killers & Sociological Theories

This 5 page paper explores sociological theories that may explain the phenomenon of serial murder, focusing upon on the most appropriate, the concept of anomie. Bibliography cites 5 sources.

Women Serial Killers - Annotated Bibliography;

This 11 page paper is an annotated bibliography of journal articles which concern female murders and the difference and similarities between female and male killers. The bibliography cites 32 sources.

Personalities of Serial Killers; Do Warning Signs Really Exist?

This 8 page paper looks at different serial killers and attempts to determine if their future actions could have been determined prior to the events by personality analysis. The paper discusses the similarities and differences, as well as the time and aspect of any observed personality changes. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Serial Killers

A paper which looks in detail at the social phenomenon of serial killing, with reference to sociological, psychological and biological theories. The paper also considers specific examples of serial killers, in particular Aileen Wuornos. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

Serial Killers: Scary and Real

( 5pp includes outline) The National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, US, according to Mitchell (1996), divides serial murder into two types: "spree" and "classic". Spree serial murder satisfies the criteria of geographical separation, but rarely is there a "cooling off" period. The motive is usually financial and/or thrill-seeking. Classic serial murder satisfies both criteria: a predatory/stalking method is typically employed, and crime-scene evidence often suggests a sexual/sadistic motive. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Serial Killers: Their Personalities, Their Motivations

6 pages in length. Although much has been written and many theories brought forth on identifying the criminal mind, it is still evident that there is no foolproof way to know in advance whether a person is prone to criminal activity. Some personality traits have been shown to be more prevalent in the makeup of serial or mass murderers, and this paper addresses those traits and the motivations behind the killings. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Women As Serial Killers: The Case Of Aileen Wuornos

This 11 page paper presents an overview of the characteristics of both male and female serial killers, an analysis of the differences (from a feminist perspective) and a description of the Aileen Wuornos murder case. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Seltzer's Serial Killers

This 6 page paper examines Seltzer's book entitled Serial Killers. Seltzer's view is sound but it focuses on culture whereas the literature is dominant in other areas. This book review examines serial killing almost from a philosophical perspective, while keeping sociological and psychological implications in mind. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

The Minds of Serial Killers and Stanton Samenow’s “Inside theCriminal Mind”

This 6 page report discusses three high profile serial murderers -- Angel Maturino Resendez, John Wayne Gacy, Andrew Cunanan -- based on articles about them in Time and Newsweek. For the most part, people are fascinated by the stories of serial killers because it is so difficult to believe that such murderers could live undetected in a community for such long periods of time. Dr. Samenow explains that there is little that can truly be understood about why a killer does what he does because he has a “fundamentally different view of the world.” The point Samenow wants to make is that what is truly important is to know “how” a criminal thinks so that society may find the ways in which it can better protect itself. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

“Adoption as a factor in the psychological profiling of serial killers: Berkowitz and Dahmer”

An eight page paper which investigates the relevance of adoption in the psychological background of serial killers, and considers how important an influence it is in comparison to other aspects of family life and upbringing. The paper includes a comparison of two serial killers, one who was adopted and one who was not. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Hate Crimes And Serial Killers

4 pages in length. To be terrorized is to be coerced by violence or the threat of violence; that contemporary global society is in the middle of an epidemic of terrorism speaks to the inherent power that intimidation has upon people. When one thinks of terrorism the first thoughts that come to mind are those of a political nature, such as the assault on September 11th; however, it is manifested in myriad other ways than the hate crimes of political terrorism, such as with serial killers. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Serial Killers Versus Mass Murderers

8 pages in length. The erroneous belief that serial killers and mass murderers are one and the same is both common and erroneous; the only distinctive similarity between the two is how they obtain complete and ultimate control over their victims and their own lives just prior to committing the homicides. Besides this single connection, these two types of slayers are quite unique in both a psychosocial and behavioral perspective. Mass murderers typically make one fell swoop upon several victims at a single location while serial killers characteristically murder one victim at a time, are very methodical and wait between killings. Mass murderers often have a bone to pick with society; the notion of mental illness is inherent to his/her personality, an instability that instills lesser public fear because of the 'average Joe' implication. By contrast, serial killers evoke greater fear due to the unknown factor of when and where their next murder will be. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Mass Murderers and Serial Killers

This 3 page paper defines each type of killer and compares and contrasts them. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Snipers : From Fiction To Reality

An 8 page paper that begins with a short overview of Capital Crimes by Stuart Woods. The story focuses on a serial sniper targeting conservative personalities and politicians. Real life serial bombers, serial killers and serial snipers are related to the theme, which proposes that these killers are all mentally unbalanced. The paper compares Wood's sniper to these real criminals. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Serial Killing: Analysis of the Problem and Solutions

This 13 page paper examines the serial killer and theories surrounding this type of crime. Deterrents are discussed along with other measures of prevention. Various crime theories are discussed inclusive of, but not limited to differential association, social strain and labeling. Examples of notorious serial killers are used throughout the paper. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A Look at Serial Murder

This 8 page paper examines serial murderers, theories as to why serial killers commit murder and examines a few notorious cases. How investigations are conducted is discussed as well. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

The Mind Of A Mass Murderer

An 8 page paper. This essay discusses what is known about the mind of a killer. There are a few patterns with serial killers and mass murderers but not so much with individual murderers. The myths surrounding murderers are reported and discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Bobby Joe Long

3 pages in length. Bobby Joe Long may well have faded away into the chasm of undiscovered serial killers were it not for the blazing trail of evidence he inadvertently left behind the many scenes of his brutal crimes. Yet, there is some agreement among those in the psychology field that serial killers may knowingly be careless when it comes to the path of clues they allow law enforcement officials to find, inasmuch as part of their antisocial behavior is linked with the desire to be caught. For Long, it was a long and intricate road that finally led the law to his door, a culmination that occurred only after ten women were viciously raped and murdered, and two hundred more lived to remember their ordeal. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Court TV: Aileen Wuornos

4 pages in length. Court TV's coverage of the Aileen Wuornos story illustrates how the face of serial killers has undergone significant changes over the past decades. The writer discusses the childhood and murderous history of Aileen Wuornos. No bibliography.

Jeffrey Dahmer: An Analysis

A 4 page analysis of the actions of one of the most disturbed serial killers of all time. The author discusses Dahmer's actions as they relate to the personality theories of Carl Rogers. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A Psychological Analysis of Jeffrey Dahmer

A 6 page investigation into the reasons behind the actions of one of the most disturbed serial killers of all time. The author discusses Dahmer's actions as they relate to the personality theories of Carl Rogers and Kevin Evan Moyers. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Copycat & Abnormal Psychology

A 5 page research paper that uses the film Copycat (1995) as a springboard to a discussion of abnormal psychology. In this movie, actress Sigourney Weaver plays criminologist Helen Hudson, an expert on serial killers. This examination of Hudson in this film analyzes her behavior in the narrative as an example of abnormal behavior. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Douglas And Olshaker, Journey Into Darkness

John Douglas and Mark Olshaker have collaborated on a number of books in the past, generally concerned with the art of psychological profiling of serial killers. Journey Into Darkness provides a great deal of information concerning a crimes and investigation and how the criminal mind works. This 6 page paper argues that knowing all of this information and being able to apply it into the ordinary life of an individual who is not associated with crimes, investigations or the psychology of a murderer is are two different and disparate things, however. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Path of the Serial Killer: An Analysis of Ted Bundy, Joseph Miller and Ken Bianchi

This 10 page paper examines three serial killers to try to find patterns of behavior and upbringing. The three named murderers are compared and contrasted. Background information is provided for each. A separate section examines a variety of theories found within the scope of criminology. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

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