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Serial Killers

Christine Marolda Mary Daugherty

Why Serial Killers?


Background Information
● FBI definition of “serial killings” (“Seal and Motto”) ○ Series of 3+ ○ In the United States ○ Have common characteristics that suggest the possibility that the crimes were committed by the same actor or actors (“Serial Murder”) ● 4 types of serial killers ○ power and control ○ visionary ○ mission ○ hedonistic (Chase)

Organized & Disorganized Criminals
Disorganized, Asocial Offenders
IQ below average, 80-95 range socially inadequate lives alone, usually does not date family emotional abuse, inconsistent usually a high school dropout may contact victim’s family to play games kills at one site, considers mission over usually leaves body intact responds best to counseling interview not interest in police work

Organized, Nonsocial Offenders
IQ above average, 105-120 range socially adequate lives with partner or dates frequently family physical abuse, harsh may be college educated usually contacts police to play games kills at one site, disposes at another may dismember body responds best to direct interview a police groupie or wannabee (O’Connor)

Nature vs. Nurture

(“Current Worldwide”)

● 68% of serial killers report some sort of abuse ● Abused children are 40% more likely to commit a violent crime. ● Absent Parents (“Scott, Shirley L.”)

● Oxytocin: The cuddle hormone
○ This hormone has been proven to affect a person’s empathy. ○ Traumatic events affect this hormone.

● Monoamine oxidase A
○ Warrior Gene ○ Serotonin and Dopamine

● Orbital Cortex
■ Involved with ethical behavior.
(“The Brain of a Serial Killer”)

PET Scan


From left to right: “normal” person, murderer with a troubled childhood, murderer with a relatively standard childhood (Sabbatini)

Gary Ridgway (The Green River Killer)
● Grew up poor with violent parents. ● Was described as friendly but strange. ● Had a low IQ and struggled in school. ● At sixteen he stabbed a six year old boy. ● Began Killing at thirtythree ● Committed more murders than anyone in the US.
(“Gary Ridgway Biography”)

(“Gary Ridgway Biography”)

Ted Bundy
● Grew up in a good, Christian home with four other siblings. ● Was popular in high school. ● Graduates from UW with a psychology degree. ● Started killing at 28. ● Killed over 30 women, all with a similar appearance.
(Bell, Rachael)

(Bell, Rachael)

Quotes From Ted Bundy
“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.” “I didn’t know what made people want to be friends. I didn’t know what made people attractive to one another. I didn’t know what underlay social interactions.” “I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.” (Vronsky)

Jeffrey Dahmer
● Parents absent during childhood ● Outcast in high school ● Dropped out of college, joined military ● Raped, killed and dismembered 17 boys and men (“Jeffrey Dahmer”)


Dahmer Articles

"Jeffrey Dahmer." Milwaukee's Finest. "Jeffrey Dahmer." Milwaukee's Finest.

Dennis Rader
● Appeared to be an average boy growing up. ● Developed fantasies about bondage, control, and torture at an early age. ● Poor grades in college, joined the air force. ● BTK killer. ● Convicted of killing 10.

(“Dennis Rader-BTK”)

Dorothea Puente
● Grew up in an orphanage ● Multiple abusive relationships ● Brief time in jail for check fraud ● Killed for Social Security checks ● Murdered 3-9 elderly and/or disabled at her boarding house (“Dorothea Puente”), (Vronsky)

(“Female Serial Killers”)

Puente’s Boarding House

(“Home of Notorious Serial Killer”) (“Dorothea Puente.” True Crime XL.)

Boarding House, cont’d...

(“Home of Notorious Serial Killer”)

(“Home of Notorious Serial Killer”)

Scientists believe that psychopaths are made from three ingredients:

Genetic Makeup

Brain Patterns

Childhood abuse or Violence

Work Cited
● Barker, Susan E. "Oxytocin : The Cuddle Hormone." Oxytocin : The Cuddle Hormone. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. ● Bell, Rachael. “Ted Bundy.” Crime Library. TruTV, 2013. Web. 07 Nov. 2013.

Chase, Jennifer. "Investigating Four Types of Serial Killers." CrimeSpace. Ning, 7 Jan. 2012. Web. 7 Nov. 2013.

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"Current Worldwide Homicide/Murder Rate." ChartsBin. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. “Dennis Rader-BTK Killer-a Biography.” N.p. N.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2013. "Dorothea Puente." NNDB. Soylent Communications, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. "Dorothea Puente." True Crime XL. N.p., 24 July 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. "Female Serial Killers." Dorothea Puente. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. “Gary Ridgway Biography.” A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013.

Works Cited, cont’d.
● "Home of Notorious Serial Killer Where Elderly Tenants Were Buried in the Yard Opens as a Macabre Tourist Attraction (and There's Even a Model of the Murderer Holding a Spade)." Mail Online. N.p., 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. ● ● ● "Jeffrey Dahmer." Milwaukee's Finest. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. "Jeffrey Dahmer." Serial Killers Murders. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2013. Martinez, Phillip. "Third Coast Daily." Inside The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Comments. N.p., 1 Oct. 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. ● O'Connor, T. "Profiling Serial Killers." MegaLinks in Criminal Justice. N.p., 04 Nov. 2012. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. ● "Paramount Re Announces "Zodiac." HighDefDiscNewscom RSS. N.p., 18 Sept. 2007. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

Works Cited, cont’d.
● Ramsland, Katherine. "The Many Sides Of Ted Bundy." Forensic Examiner 22.3 (2013): 18-25. Criminal Justice Abstracts. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. ● Sabbatini, Renato M.E. "The Psychopath's Brain." Brain & Mind. Brain & Mind Magazine, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. ● ● "Seal and Motto." FBI. FBI, 21 May 2010. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. "Serial Murder." Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ed. Robert J. Morton. U.S. Department of Justice, 21 May 2010. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. ● Scott, Shirley L. "Childhood Abuse." What Makes Serial Killers Tick? — — Crime Library on N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. ● "The Brain of a Serial Killer." Best Counseling Degrees. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013."The Brain of a Serial Killer." Best Counseling Degrees. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. ● Vronsky, Peter. Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters. New York: