Analysis of Serial Killers
Serial killers are one of the most fascinating and morbid groups of people to study. A
serial killer as defined by Brian and Wilfred Gregg in The Encyclopedia of Serial
Killers is someone who kills 3 or more people with sufficient time intervals between each
known as a cooling off period. The style and motivation of the killings can vary greatly.
I choose serial killers for this project because the idea of someone killing another human
being on numerous occasions seemed so out there, so fringe, it just had to be studied.
Listen to this letter from one of this centuries most infamous serial killers David
Berkowitz (1976-1977) AKA "Son of Sam."
"I am deeply hurt by your calling me a weman-hater. I am not. But I am a monster. I am
the "son of Sam". I am a little brat. When father Sam gets drunk he gets mean. He beats
our family. Sometimes he ties me up to the back of the house. Other times he locks me in
the garage. Sam loves to drink blood. "Go out and kills" commands father Sam. Behind
our house some rest. Mostly young - raped and slaughtered - their blood drained - just
bones now. Pap Sam keeps me locked in the attic too. I can't get out but I look out the
attick window and watch the world go by. I feel like an outsider. I am on a different
wavelength then everybody else - programmed to kill...... Mr. Borelli, sir, I don't want to
kill any more. No sur, no more but I must, "honour thy father". I want to make love to the
world. I love people. I don't belong on earth. Return me to yahoos. To the people of
Queens, I love you. And I want to wish all of you a happy Easter. May God bless you in
this life and in the next. And for now I say goodbye and goodnight. Police: Let me haunt
you with these words: I'll be back. I'll be back. To be interrpreted as - bang, bang, bang,
bang - ugh. Yours in murder, Mr. Monster."
This letter was found at the scene of one of his crimes. He went on to kill 5 more people,
mostly in cars parked in lover's lanes.
To view serial killers as a fringe group, you must first understand them as a group. To do
this I will present some common traits of serial killers, followed by the classifications of
male and female serial killers and specific examples of each. Once I have sufficiently
grouped serial killers as a whole and then as smaller groups in that whole, I will explain
what is being done to predict serial killers, who becomes a serial killer and why?
There is no way to tell exactly how many serial killers there are active at any one time.
Do to modern technology, particularly transportation, it is often hard to connect two
seemingly separate murders. Most experts agree with Holmes and DeBurger's estimate
of victims of serial murders at 3,500 to 5,000 per year. From this the estimated number of
serial killers active today is 350, or 7 per state. This estimate is based on research that
shows most serial killers murder between ten and twelve...