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 5: The Application of Learning Theory to Serial Murder, or “You too Can Learn to Be a Serial Killer”
The Application of Learning Theory to Serial Murder, or “You too Can Learn to Be a Serial Killer”
Serial murder is often viewed as the most senseless and violent form of criminal behavior. Many researchers in criminology have attempted to undercover the factors that would lead an individual to commit such an act. In 1988 Holmes and DeBurger published what is considered the first systematic and most comprehensive examination of serial murder. Focusing on serial murder as a particular form of homicide, they outline the social characteristics of serial murder and provide a typology of the murderer. In their efforts, however, the authors make a mistake common among ...