Creating Cultural Monsters: Serial Murder in America by Julie B. Wiest

By Julie B. Wiest

A distinct and accomplished clarification of serial homicide, this ebook attracts at the years of committed examine of Dr. Julie B. Wiest. The publication examines connections among American tradition and the prevalence of serial homicide and attracts transparent and good supported conclusions. Dr. Wiest provides six empirically supported arguments that experience the aptitude to revolutionize how serial homicide is known, studied, investigated, and taken to mild, together with a sociological context as to why so much pointed out serial murderers are white men. this article is appropriate as a reference in addition to a textbook for serial homicide, serial violence, and legal profiling classes.

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Serial murder also is distinguished from other types of multiple murder—mass murder and spree murder—by the time frame in which the murders are committed. Mass murder is the killing of at E x am pl e s o f I n di v i du al Mass M u r de r e r s • R ichard Speck killed eight student nurses in their Chicago townhouse on July 14, 1966. • James H uberty killed 22 people inside a San Diego McDonald’s restaurant on July 18, 1984. • R ichard Farley killed seven people at his former workplace, Electromagnetic Systems Labs, in Sunnyvale, California, on February 16, 1988.

If the killer does not display an obvious pattern or if the killer crosses law enforcement jurisdictions, the murders likely will be treated as separate cases. Cases of serial murder also are difficult to solve because there frequently is no apparent link between the killer and victim, complicating law enforcement personnel’s search for a motive and the perpetrator. Likewise, victims of serial murder are unlikely to be identified as such unless they were killed in a relatively small geographic region, within one law enforcement jurisdiction, in a similar manner as one or more other murders, and within a relatively short time span of other similar murders—or if the killer confesses and is believed.

Mark Seltzer, the Evan Frankel Professor of Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles F un da m en ta l s o f Seria l Murd er 27 Journalists and True Crime Writers Finally, media reports are the most accessible source of information on serial murder (in terms of availability and ease of comprehension) and thus are popular with the general public. They are also frequently utilized by academic researchers and law enforcement; even the FBI collects data about serial murder cases from media reports (Egger 1998).

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