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serial killer

A person who murders 3+ people over a period of > 30 days, with a n inactive period between each murder, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification.

Prototypic serial killer (US)
White; age 30; 97% male; 80% sociopathic.

Typical profile
Arson tendencies, compulsive, drug and/or alcohol-abusing parents, often victims of cruel/abusive parenting, evidence of biochemical and/or genetic defects, history of sexual assault, drug or alcohol abuse, cruelty to animals, interrupted/absent happiness during childhood, pathological lying, sexual deviancy, suicidal tendencies, ritualistic behaviours, possible feeling of powerlessness to prevent killing, may have a history of perinatal head trauma, severe memory disorders.

serial killer

Forensic psychiatry A person who commits serial murders Prototypic SK White ♂ age 30; 97% are ♂; 80% are sociopaths. See Dahmer, Depraved heart murder, Ice Man. Cf Megan's law, Son of Sam law.
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While Hickey acknowledges that statistical artefacts may be created by the information revolution and that |the pervasiveness of serial killing is unlikely to ever challenge that of domestic homicide', he ends by stating that |the reality of serial murder' is of more concern than its extent, and that |the fact that relatively few individuals are victims of serial murderers should in no way alter our concern for the victim' (p.
1) Although this case illustrates the relatively rare phenomenon of a female serial murderer, the traits and characteristics of female serial murderers are more similar than unique when compared with the broader population of male serial murderers.
Serial murderers have become a form of mass celebrity, entering our living rooms to speak to us in their own words, through made-for-T movies (Ted Bundy), Geraldo specials (Charles Manson), and Hard Copy illuminations (Jeffrey Dahmer).
While Hickey acknowledges that statistical artefacts may be created by the information revolution and that 'the pervasiveness of serial killing is unlikely to ever challenge that of domestic homicide', he ends by stating that 'the reality of serial murder' is of more concern than its extent, and that 'the fact that relatively few individuals are victims of serial murderers should in no way alter our concern for the victim' (p.
She concludes that the typologies are not capable of determining identifying characteristics of those serial murderers and proposes the need for a composite typology technique to aid in investigation that uses an approach drawing from a broader range of offense activities, psychosocial traits, and other characteristics.
This law is there to protect the weak, the oppressed and the victims of injustice, not serial murderers.
I would bring back capital punishment for serial murderers.