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The Serial Killer

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The Serial Killer: Theodore Bundy Harman Sidhu Crim 104 March 29, 2005 300037152 One of the most famous killers of all time, Theodore Bundy vented his rage on women, mostly college girls, all the while maintaining the facade of a perfectly normal, intelligent, model citizen. His traveling ways, clever tactics, and thorough body disposal methods make it difficult to even say how many women Bundy killed during his reign, but he was definitely one of the most prolific and frightening serial killers of all time. Bundy's rampage most likely began with Kathy Devine, 15, a hitchhiker who disappeared on November 25th,1973 and found on December 6th. She was sodomized, strangled, and her throat was cut. Lynda Ann Healy soon disappeared from her basement bedroom. In fact, women were disappearing throughout the upper Northwest, some abducted from their homes and some vanishing right off the street. Still other women had been simply attacked in their beds and most often left to die. Washington investigators, where most of the abductions and attacks were centered, couldn't help but notice. In most cases though, there were no bodies, just missing women, so no true action could be justified. That all changed when a man identified as "Theodore" by witnesses, abducted two women from Lake Sammamish State Park on the same day. Police had a finally had a name and witnesses to put with a disappearance. ...read more.


But the differences between these two types of offenders far outweigh the similarities. First, mass murderers are generally apprehended or killed by police, commit suicide, or turn themselves in to authorities. Serial killers, by contrast, usually make special efforts to elude detection. Indeed, they may continue to kill for weeks, months, and often years before they are found and stopped-if they are found at all. In the case of the Theodore Bundy, the homicides appeared to have stopped, but an offender was not apprehended for a long period of time for those crimes. For those in law enforcement, serial killing generally means the sexual attack and murder of young women, men, and children by a male who follows a pattern, physical or psychological. However, this definition fails to include many offenders and victims. In essence serial murderers should include any offenders, male or female, who kill over time. Most researchers agree that serial killers have a minimum of 3-4 victims. Usually there is a pattern in their killing that may be associated with the types of victims selected or the method or motives for the killing. This includes murderers who, on a repeated basis, kill within the confines of their own home, such as a woman who poisons several husbands, children, or elderly people in order to collect insurance. In addition, serial murderers include those men and women who operate within the confines of a city or a state or even travel through several states as they seek out victims. ...read more.


All of these factors combined created an extremely disturbed personality. Individuals such as Theodore Bundy are very charming and suave. He killed many young innocent women who were taken in by their smooth personalities. Theodore Bundy would be characterized as Hedonistic Killers. He was a thrill seeker who got excitement and sexual pleasure out of killing. There are six other types of serial killers that have been described by sociologists. Visionary Killers are led by inner voices and visions that tell them to kill certain people. Mission-Oriented Killers seek to rid the world of undesirable people. Power/Control-Oriented Killers enjoy having complete control over their victims. Mysopeds are sexually oriented child killers. Psychopathic Killers are driven by character disorders that prevent them from feeling normal human feelings. Last but not least, Professional Killers are those led by political or ideological purposes. Burgess et al (1986). Offender profiles. The Psychologist, 2 (1), pp. 12-16. Myers, W. C., Reccoppa, L., Burton, K. & McElroy, R. (1993). Malignant sex and aggression: An overview of serial sexual homicide. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 21 (4), pp. 435-451. Hickey, E. W. (1991). Serial Murderers and Their Victims. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing. Jones, D. 1986. History of Criminology. New York: Greenwood Press. Ressler, R. K., Burgess, A.W. & Douglas, J. E. (1988). Sexual Homicide: Patterns & Motives. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books. Siegel, L. 1995. Criminology. St. Paul: West Publishing Company. Siegel, L., and J. Senna. 1997. Juvenile Deliquency. St. Paul: West Publishing Company. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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