Hollywood and fiction in general have done a disservice to our understanding of serial killers. While these misconceptions and misinformation are fine for entertainment purposes, they couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, in many cases, they portrayals are nothing more than dramatizations of stereotypes and hyperboles that prevent us from having a true understanding of these individuals.
First, it’s important to take a realistic look at serial killers and their victims. On average, only about 1% of homicides are actually the result of a serial killer. Money, revenge, hate, sex, and love are the most common reasons why… Continue reading
Serial killings have been a fascination with many fiction writers, especially those who write in the horror genre. Part of the reason is that such killers seem so mysterious. There is about as much myth as fact about them. So the question needs to be asked “just what is a serial killer?”
The best place to start in answering this question is with the FBI’s definition of a serial killer. Also given here will be some myth busters from FBI annuls.
At least three victims have been identified as being killed by the same person with… Continue reading