Labeled as the crime of the 1990’s, serial murder is predicted to remain the crime of the first decades of the new millennium. This book brings together the perspectives of acknowledged experts in the field along with those of emerging authorities on serial murder. The chapters offer a unique look at these crimes from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Accessibly written, this compelling volume includes information on minorities and serial killing, as well the manner in which serial killers are traced and tracked.
Chapter 1: Profiles in Terror: The Serial Murderer
Profiles in Terror: The Serial Murderer
Homicide is a crime which has historically galvanized public attention to the work of law enforcement personnel. In past decades, when the situational context of most homicides ensured or at least enhanced the probability of rapid solution, law enforcement personnel were lauded for their investigative skills. In recent years, however, both the public and those in law enforcement have expressed frustration and concern regarding the growing number of unsolved murders in this Nation. Since 1960, the solution rate for homicides has declined from over 90 percent to approximately 76 percent in 1983 (Newsweek, 1984). This dramatic decline in the solution rate coincides with a period of increasing sophisticated technology and an increase ...