Often, when we hear about serial killers,
we think them as simply people
who have killed multiple times.
But the term serial killer is actually very vague
and covers a wide range of criminals.
Here are 10 types of serial killers.
Organized serial killers are probably
one of the firstborn children in the family,
and experienced the inconsistent parental discipline.
They’re highly intelligent, socially adept
and good at controlling their mood.
Consequently, they are perfectly fine living with a partner.
Additionally, they like to follow media coverage of their crimes,
and may like changing towns or jobs often.
Disorganized serial killers are probably
one of the younger children in their family
and experienced harsh parental discipline.
They are average in terms of intelligence,
socially and sexually incompetent
and highly emotional.
Consequently, they often prefer to live alone.
Additionally, they like to stay near their crime scenes,
but don’t follow media coverage of their crimes.
In general, they have little to no change in lifestyle.
3. Organized and Disorganized Serial Killers
Being organized or disorganized are not mutually exclusive.
For example, people believe that John Wayne Gacy
possesses characteristics of both types.
An organized serial killer might
become disorganized right before being detected.
And a disorganized serial killer might become organized,
when he or she manages to escape the authorities
and learns how to commit their crimes well.
4. Crime Spree.
Crime spree killers kill again and again,
and their murders are commonly accociated
with other crimes, especially robbery.
They feel thrill and excitement from
the power and authority they get
when committing their crimes.
For example, Bonnie and Clyde are considered crime spree killers.
5. Mass Murders
Mass murders are believed to follow the Dietz Model,
which is largely theoretical
and doesn’t have significant and empirical evidence.
In general, the Dietz model categorizes mass murders into groups
such as family annihilators, pseudo commandos and set-and-run killers.
6. Psychopathic Sexual Sadist
Psychopathic sexual sadist feel pleasure
from sexual torture and murder.
Some examples are Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy.
Custodial serial killers murder people who are under their care.
Nurses in hospitals and nursing homes who kill olderly or ill people
are given the nickname “angles of death”.
They often use asphyxiation
and medication overdose to murder their patients.
Custodial killers have the highest number of females
out of all serial killer typologies.
Psychotic serial killers have delusions that drive them to commit crimes.
Those who are persecutory delusions believe
they are simply defending themselves
from someone who wants to harm them,
while those with grandiose delusions believe
they are choosen by a divine being
to save the world from their victims.
One such serial killer is the Son of Sam
9. Organized Crime
Organized crime functionaries are made up of professional killers,
also known as hitman.
They must often kill for money,
but also enjoy feeling power and control over their victims,
gang members and political assassins fall under this category.
And those are the ten types of serial killers.
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