Autodidact: self-taught

Nov
24
2012

Serial Killers

by V. L. Craven

–The term ‘serial killer’ was coined by FBI agent Robert Kessler or Dr Robert D. Keppel in the 1970s
–In the 1980s, the FBI claimed that at any particular time there were roughly 35 active serial killers in the U.S.
–The term ‘serial killer’ was first used to describe Ted Bundy.
–A serial killer is someone who commits three or more murders over an extended period of time with cooling-off periods in between.
–According to the terms used by criminologists, there are 3 types of murderers: serial killers, spree killers, and mass murderers.
–The first known serial killers in American history were the Harp boys, two cousins who killed indiscriminately during the Revolutionary War.
–Gary Leon Ridgway a.k.a. The Green River Killer, confessed to 48 murders, more than any other U.S. Serial killer.
–Pablo Alonso Lopez claimed to have killed more than 300 people in Peru, Ecuador and Columbia. That would make him the most prolific serial killer in history.
–Cult leader Thug Behram was said to have strangled 931 victims between 1790 and 1830 with a ceremonial handkerchief
–Three warning signs commonly displayed by serial killers during childhood, known as the Mac Donald triad, are fire-starting, cruelty to animals and bed-wetting.
–Some believe that legends such as werewolves and vampires were inspired by medieval serial killers.
–3 parts of serial killer make up: 1) Abuse, 2) Brain damage, 3) Mental illness; or being a psychopath (Bundy, BTK)

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