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 8: Inside the Mind of the Serial Murderer
Inside the Mind of the Serial Murderer
When one thinks of homicide in America, “smoking gun” or “dripping knife” murder immediately comes to mind. However, a new form of homicide, impersonal and stranger-perpetrated, is growing in frequency and notoriety (Holmes and DeBurger, 1985; Rule, 1986). This new form of multicide is “serial murder.”
Multicide comes in at least three forms: mass murder, spree murder and serial murder. Mass murder is the killing of a number of people at one time in one place. The McDonald's massacre in San Diego by James Huberty is an apt example of such an occurrence. Spree murder is the killing of a number of people in a very short period. The number is ...