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 2: African-Americans and Serial Homicide
African-Americans and Serial Homicide
The idea of serial murder has become well established in contemporary American culture, and it is difficult to avoid encountering celebrated names like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. However, there are other offenders who are quite as lethal, but who remain very obscure—names like Coral Watts, Milton Johnson, Calvin Jackson, or Alton Coleman. And often, these lesser-known offenders tend to be African-American individuals, customarily preying on Black victims. In other words, the popular stereotype of serial murder largely ignores the Black component of the phenomenon. This paper will try to assess the scale of African-American involvement in ltiple homicide, and suggest why it has remained so relatively unexplored.
Creating a Stereotype
Popular interest in serial murder was awakened by celebrated ...