Serial Killer Research Paper

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Serial Killers in Modern American Society By: Isabel Bonilla Mercado Criminal Investigation Fall 2014 Submitted: October 15, 2014 Serial murder has been taking place for a long time, gaining media attention in the 20th century. Ted Bundy, Dennis Rader, known as The BTK killer, and Gary Ridgway, known as The Green River Killer are only a few of over a hundred serial killers known during the 20th century. The media has been portraying serial killers in a certain way, giving the public and even the police a misguided notion about these criminals. Some believed, but erroneous traits, about serial killers are they are all insane, they will never stop killing, and that serial killers are all loners. These common…show more content…
Ted Bundy raped and murdered young women during the 1970s. He lured them into his car by pretending to be injured and asking for assistance. Bundy was executed in 1989 at the Florida State Prison in the electric chair. Nobody knows with certainty how many women he killed or when the killing started. He admitted to killing thirty six women (A&E Web, 2014). Dennis Rader was the BTK strangler. BTK stands for bind, torture, and kill, which was the way he operated. He killed several people from 1974 to 1977 taking a long cooling off period to resurface again in 1985. He killed his last victim in 1991. In 2004, the year that marked the thirtieth anniversary of his first killing, he started sending letters to the media filled with items related to his crimes. Rader was arrested in 2005 and charged with 10 counts of first degree murder. He pled guilty to all of the charges and gave horrifying details of his crimes in court without showing any sign of remorse. Rader is currently serving 10 life sentences in a Kansas prison (Bio. Web,…show more content…
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