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Understanding The Mind Of A Serial Killer The Canadian Law And Serial Killing

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"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti". This is a quote from the movie Silence of The Lambs. The movie stars Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer who eats his victims. On the surface the idea of a killer eating his victims sounds repulsive, but the movie was based on real life occurrences.The quest for further knowledge has long been a central goal of mankind. To understand, to know "why" things are the way they are and "why" people do the things they do. Mankind continues to strive to comprehend the complex thought processes and motivation of a serial killer. When most people think of serial killers, they do not think of them as human, they think of them as monsters. Hollywood's version of a serial killer, which is a man with a hook who is eight feet tall and usually wears some sort of mask, is far from the reality. What's fascinating about serial killers is that there just like us. But what could possibly compel someone to murder? The study of serial killers has brought psychological and scientific study to the field of law. This essay will explore the central question: How does the study and analysis of the mind of a serial killer translate into the legal process concerning Canadian serial killers? Criminal profiling serial killers can aid in the mens rea as well as alter the analysis of homicide, but no Canadian laws directly correspond to serial killing.London England, 1888,- Jack the Ripper kills five female prostitutes as well as removes and rearranges their organs (Barbee). This was the first serial killing incident of the modern day era. There have been many bewildering cases since, such as Peter Kurten, who received sexual pleasure from chopping up his victims with an axe, as well as Edmund Kemper, who killed young girls and decapitated and cut off the hands of all his victims (Winston). A more recent case was Ted Bundy, who admitted to killing twenty girls by beating them.Fortunately, none of the prior cases occurred in Canada. In fact 3 out of 4 serial killers are American. Though serial killing is rare here in the great white north, it does not mean it has never happened. In Vancouver in 1982, Clifford Robert Olson pled guilty to killing 11 children. Another notorious Canadian case, William Patrick Fyfe, a handyman, was convicted of killing nine women in 1988 around and in Montreal. In Port Coquitlam, B.C. Robert William Pikton, is being charged with the murder of 15 women, he has already been convicted of five. To be categorized as a serial killer one must have killed at least three people. That is why Paul Bernardo is not yet technically a serial killer, because he has only been convicted with two murders. But in our class trip to the law courts, he was linked to the murder of another girl years ago due to some DNA evidence.The maximum sentence for a serial killer in Canada is a life sentence. Though that almost seems like a placid punishment for someone who has committed such...

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