Criminology,

Serial Killer Characteristics

10/22/2012 DK 3 Comments

Source: serialkillr
Common Childhood Behavior Traits Among Known Serial Killers
This information can be found in Sexual Homicide Patterns and Motives, page 29, written by R. Ressler, A. Burgess, and J. Douglas. These three executed a study involving 36 incarcerated serial killers, and compiled the data collected into a chart of childhood behavior traits among serial killers.


Frequency of Reported Behavior Indicators in Childhood
BEHAVIOR# OF CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIORPERCENTAGE WITH BEHAVIOR
Daydreaming
28
82
Compulsive Masturbation
28
82
Isolation
28
71
Chronic Lying
28
71
Enuresis (bed wetting)
22
68
Rebelliousness
27
67
Nightmares
24
67
Destroying Property
26
58
Fire Setting
25
56
Stealing
27
56
Cruelty to Children
28
54
Poor Body Image
27
52
Temper Tantrums
27
48
Sleep Problems
23
48
Assaultive to Adults
25
38
Phobias
24
38
Running Away
28
36
Cruelty to Animals
28
36
Accident Prone
24
29
Headaches
21
29
Destroying Possessions
25
28
Eating Problems
26
27
Convulsions
26
19
Self-mutilation
26
19


Characteristics of a serial killer

Personality Traits
*White male between 25 and 35 years old.
*Can be of high income or low income.
*Average to high intelligence.
*Usually married with children and has a career.


Victim Characteristics
*Serial killers enjoy extending the suffering of their victims. They get a lot of power by determining whether their victim will live or die. They may torture their victim for several days to obtain as much pleasure as possible.
*Victims of serial killers have no profile. Most victims are chosen at random, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some serial killers have a preference for their victims, choosing to eliminate a certain group of people (prostitutes, young women, children, etc.).
*Unlike mass murderers, serial killers select the victim. The killer will fantasize about the murder until the fantasy is no longer enough to bring about pleasure, and he must commit the crime. The serial killer will survey the location, and take every precaution to not get caught. Then they seek out the victim and murder them.
*Serial killers are seeking an object or prop to victimize, not a partner. Jeffrey Dahmer was searching for a living, breathing zombie who would do whatever he wanted and would never refuse or leave. The victims share personality traits such as vulnerability and confusion.

David Berkowitz - Serial Killer

Childhood Characteristics
*A majority of serial killers have a history of sexual and physical abuse during childhood.
*In half of the serial killers families, the biological father had left before the child was 12 years old. In the cases where the father didn't leave, he was domineering and abusive.
*Delinquent acts such as pyromania, theft, and cruelty to animals were present in the childhoods of most serial killers.

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3 comments:

  1. This is very interesting. Thank you.

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  2. I don't know how anyone can enjoy the suffering of the other person. Seriously, every serial killer suffers from some kind of mental problem. Thanks by the way for this useful information on serial killers.

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  3. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could find out what's going on in their heads?!

    You're welcome, and I checked out your blog. Very nice :)

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