Negative Consequences Of Serial Killers

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Over the past 45 years, the numbers of Americans who have become a serial killer or mass murderer have decreased steadily. In the 1960’s, there were 19 shootings, 119 in the 70’s, and 200 in the 80’s. In the 90’s, the number of cases dropped to 141. And the 2000’s saw only 61 murders. (Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder, Sage Publications, 2011). Overall serial killer and mass murderers have dwindled over time. These staggering numbers come with a benefit. Serial killers and mass murderers have implicated many major societal problems, such as unified fear, constant paranoia, grief, and just an overall global desensitization. The negative consequences of serial killers and mass murderers are real, but the problem of fear has…show more content…
Many individuals fear that they may be the next victim of the next attack. Truth is, none of us know when and who will be next. Research has yet to show how a murderer chooses their victims. The only way to really tell is if the murderer him/herself confesses. For example, Colin Ireland, a straight man from Ireland chose his victims from a gay club and he searched and found men who were interested in BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism). He thought this was the easiest way to overpower his victims. (, 2014). Another example is Robert Hansen, he was an experienced hunter who would abduct women and then fly them out to the wilderness and release them so that he could “hunt” them. All his life, Hansen had been rejected by women and so his targets were young, attractive women because of his opportunity for revenge. My last example would have to be Richard Chase, who was a schizophrenic. Chase is a particular case because he didn’t have a set motive nor was he picky about his victims. His method of killing was to randomly walk into people’s houses. If the door is locked then he would leave but if it was open then he would take it as an “invitation”. He would kill them, drink their blood, and eat parts of their body. The point that I’m making is that there are no set standards or characteristics as far as the victims these killers decide to pursue. Like the saying goes “Different strokes for…show more content…
The most fearing part about them is how composed they can conduct themselves in any given setting. They can appear like ordinary people and display sane levels of brain activity but underneath they are sexual sadists with fantasies they are planning to carry out on whoever they deem fit. They often have some type of mental illness in which stems their erratic and sadistic behavior. Mass murderers on the other hand are still saner than serial killers but they have attack for different agendas. They can be your regular Joe to the well-known pastor. It’s really situational seeing as how they kill random masses and don’t partake in target

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