This term paper discusses about how serial killers tend to be. It will touch on how they started, how law enforcements are acting toward it, and how we help them as a society. There is provided evidence from known serial killers and their crimes. In conclusion, this term paper will tell you how these individuals are mentally ill and that they kill to satisfy their needs. They kill others without any goal further ahead.
A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. There are a lot of known serial killers today, one of the most well-known serial killers is Ted Bundy. He once said “Sure, I get angry. I get very, very angry and indignant. I don’t like being locked up for something I didn’t do, and I don’t like my liberty taken away, and I don’t like being treated like an animal, and I don’t like people walking around and ogling me like I’m some sort of weirdo because I’m not.” Ted Bundy was a 1970s serial murderer, rapist and necrophiliac. He was executed in
Florida’s electric chair in 1989. His case has since inspired many novels and films about serial killers. He was one of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century.
Most serial killers are survivors of their early childhood trauma of some kind-physical or sexual abuse, emotionally distant, and bullied constantly, etc. That is one reason that tends to make them killers. Trauma is the recurring theme in the biographies of most killers. (J Oliver Conroy 2018) In the world, these are among the most violent individuals. They are mainly misunderstood as it is hard to understand their motivation. Most of the times they are motivated by the desire to be in control. However, each of the serial killers is different, and there may have different motivations towards torture and murder. However, the need to be in control has been viewed as the major reason why an individual would go ahead and torture, rape and even kill his or her victims.
Establishing a Murder
Motivation is a reason that a killer starts killing. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states that the motives of serial killers can include anger, thrill-seeking, financial gain, and attention seeking. For some reason, assassins get the satisfaction of killing people and seeing them suffer. Different serial killers have different methods in killing or starting a murder. Some would keep an eye on a specific person until they catch them and kill them. Some would kill any person they find interesting. Killing depends on the person that is murdering and how they get their satisfaction from it.
The FBI categorized serial killers into three categories, organized, disorganized, and mixed. Some killers descend their killings from organized to disorganized as their murders continue, as in the case of psychological decompensation.
Organized serial killers often plan their crimes methodically, usually abducting victims, killing them in one place and disposing their corpse in another. They often lure the victims with ploys appealing to their sense of sympathy. Others specifically target prostitutes, who are likely to go voluntarily with a stranger. These killers maintain a high degree of control over the crime scene and usually have a solid knowledge of forensic science that enables them to cover their tracks, such as burying the body or weighing it down and sinking it in a river.
Disorganized serial killers are usually far more impulsive, often committing their murders with a random weapon available at the time, and usually do not attempt to hide the body. They are likely to be unemployed, a loner, or both, with very few friends. They often turn out to have a history of mental illness, and their lack thereof is often marked by excessive violence and sometimes necrophilia or sexual violence. Disorganized serial killers have been found to have a slightly lower mean IQ than organized serial killers. Some serial killers possess a very high IQ, which is fascinating because they’d know better. The average serial killer has an IQ 94.7.
Law Enforcements (Facts)
Every day, law enforcement officers across America are called to respond to murders. Each homicide case is tragic, but there are few cases more heartrending and more difficult to understand than serial murder.
For years, law enforcement investigators, academics, mental health experts, and the media have studied serial murder, from Jack the Ripper in the late 1800s to the sniper killings in 2002, and from the “Zodiac Killer” in California to the “BTK Killer” in Kansas. These diverse groups have long attempted to understand the complex issues related to serial murder investigations. Until the Serial Murder Symposium, however, there had been few attempts to reach a consensus on some of these issues. (Robert S. Mueller, III)
Serial Murder isn’t a new phenomenon, and it isn’t particularly American. Taking you back in time, serial murderers have been registered all around the world. Serial murder is a relatively rare event, estimated to comprise less than one percent of all murders committed in any given year. Law enforcement professionals are subject to the same misinformation from a different source: the use of anecdotal information. Professionals involved in serial murder cases, such as investigators, prosecutors, and pathologists may have limited exposure to serial murder. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
In cases like serial murder, the investigation must be managed by homicide investigators who are experienced. The law enforcements will not oversee the investigation. Their role is to make sure the investigators have their resources for them to do their job. There are some procedures that law enforcements may consider while preparing for the investigation.
- Completing Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between different law enforcement agencies, in order to obtain mutual support agreements and commitment of manpower, resources, and overtime.
- Identifying all resources that may be needed during the investigation and maintaining detailed lists of available resources.Establishing good working relationships with other departments prior to the crisis, through networking, scheduled meetings, and joint training.
- Providing training opportunities in the latest techniques and methods of homicide investigation.
- Additional observations regarding leadership in task force operations include:Communication on administrative issues should be restricted to management personnel of the various agencies, so as not to distract investigators.
- The intense pressure in high profile investigations may at times decrease logical decision making. Tunnel vision and impulsivity should be avoided.
There are more procedures to know, but these are some of them made by the FBI.
Once they find out who the serial killer is, it is vital for the law enforcements involved in the case to work together. The lead investigator(s) must have the experience, dedication, and tenacity to direct all aspects of the investigation. They should also, with management’s support, could select a cadre of investigators and support personnel and assign such personnel as the investigation dictates. In serial murder investigations, the lead investigators must handle all crime scene activities and related leads, as each incident may be interwoven. It is the responsibility of the lead investigators or the lead control investigator to ensure relevant information is distributed to the entire task force.
Serial Killing Murders Around the US
Aligning what we said before serial killers are mentally ill, and that they won’t kill if their mentally stable. So, as a society we are known as to help others that are ill in all kinds of forms. Serial killers harm us in so many ways, but that doesn’t stop us from helping them get better.
It may seem to be counterintuitive on the surface but many serial killers are actually insecure individuals who are compelled to kill due to a morbid fear of rejection. In many cases, the fear of rejection seems to result from having been abandoned by their mother in early childhood. (Scott A. Bonn 2019) Maybe, by showing them love and affection it’ll slow them down from doing what they’re doing. Most probably they won’t stop, or they will, but all of this will take time, so much time for them to heal and be okay.
Some of us are horrified, mortified, and disgusted from them, and we couldn’t blame you or ourselves. The actions they make, makes us hate them. These individuals are not normal human beings, and if we show them hate and rejection more than they already feel, they’ll continue killing. It is for sure not easy to like them or accept them, but we need to make them feel better of themselves and help them become a better person before making them destroy themselves, families, and humans. Ted Bundy studied law in the University of Washington, and as said to be, if it wasn’t for his notorious murders, he would’ve been the most successful lawyer in his years. We need to try making them walk on a right path before walking on the wrong one.
In conclusion, this term paper shows us how these mad, sick, crazy, individuals kill and torture human beings. It’s sad and upsetting that in our society there are people like that. Police, governments, law enforcements, and us, are trying their very best to stop these actions. Serial murderers are individuals that are interesting to read and learn about because they are like no other. They have history and they are part of history. 15,000 victims annually killed from serial killers around the world. May they rest in peace.
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