Serial killers have a long line of history ranging beyond the common characteristics we see today. In this research from past to present I will uncover the ugly truths and the beautiful lies of these people. Psychologically, I will expose the factory of thought processes that have contributed to the historical perception of these men that become monsters, all in the attempt to answer; what defines a serial killer and how does that vary over time?
Serial killers Through the Ages
Tracing all the way back to prehistoric roots nearly 15,000 years ago with terms like Procrustes, Liu Pengli, and others
End of Bronze Age
Ted Bundy sexually assaulted and killed several young women in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and Florida between 1974 and 1978. Although he would ultimately confess to 28 murders, some estimated that he was responsible for hundreds of deaths
“Herman Webster Mudgett, better known to the world as H.H. Holmes or “America’s first serial killer,” was set to hang for the horrific murder of his late business partner, Benjamin Pitezel. While Holmes confessed to killing 27 people and is rumored to have done in more than 200 in his Chicago home, dubbed the “Murder Castle,”
Justice did not catch up with DeAngelo, until advances in technology finally did. He is now due to stand trial on 13 counts of murder, after biological data held by a genealogy website led investigators to the door of the man they say is the Golden State Killer
Men serial killers tend to follow their victims, often going from town to town
They wait for the perfect time to attack, like a predator hunting for their prey
Female serial killers usually are not motivated by sexual gratification
Women tend to kill acquaintances, people who surround them. They are often caregivers, and are well-educated
The Psychology of it all!
Just as we extend the term "furniture" to items like book shelves and shoe racks, which are not prototypes, we extend the notion of a serial killer to people who kill because they hear voices demanding them to kill or a nurse who kills her patients out of mercy.
Technology creates a different psychological makeup of experiences thus giving you the same killer, but they look different and have a harder time “beating the case”.
Sexual gratification comes from the idea of control and submission
The serial killer experiences life as an individual and killing is a shift between sexual tension and desire. They often kill in an effort to revenge their past.
“ We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow. ”
Now what ?
Through the timeline of history I undercover the truths of why serial killers make the decisions they make and both their physical and mental evolution of control and power
I am looking to expand how humans think by dialing in on serial killers and their evolution through history. and their psychological output.
Goal / Purpose
Through important research like this families can look to new ways of feeling safe through learning.