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Serial Killers Profiling and Target Victims: Is There a Connection?

Version 1 : Received: 2 January 2018 / Approved: 2 January 2018 / Online: 2 January 2018 (10:10:51 CET)

How to cite: Mustafa, M.B. Serial Killers Profiling and Target Victims: Is There a Connection?. Preprints 2018, 2018010010 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0010.v1). Mustafa, M.B. Serial Killers Profiling and Target Victims: Is There a Connection?. Preprints 2018, 2018010010 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0010.v1).

Abstract

Although the phenomenon of serial killers has received great attention from media, governments, and public, very little information is known about them and very few theories are presented by researchers specifically their definition and motives for killing. Through cross tabulation analysis of top ninety-eight serial killers, this present study poses six questions that investigate the correlations between, offender's gender, offender's level of education, time span of killing, killing severity, number of victims, killer's type of abuse, motives for killing, and victim's profile. Findings show that males kill more than females and for longer time, less educated serial killers kill more horribly, female serial killers consider their family members easy target, and finally males kill most for enjoyment and sex and females kill for financial gains.

Subject Areas

serial killer; criminal profiling; victims; criminal psychology

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