We assume people we know can't be serial killers.
Serial killers kill for the power and control they experience during the murders and for the added ego boost they get in the aftermath from community fears, media coverage, and the police investigations.
Serial killing is not about sex at all, but about power and control and revenge on society.
While we are being fascinated by the tales of famous serial killers and how they were brought to justice, the real serial killer goes about his business with hardly a thought to being caught.
While there are many wonderful police investigators out there doing some very fine work, the majority of the time it is not brains that catches serial killers.
The accepted definition of a serial killer is a person who kills at least three times with a cooling off period in between his murders.
Outside of dumb luck, the number one way serial killers are caught is through the help of the public.
Serial killers are everywhere! Well, perhaps not in our neighborhood, but on our television screens, at the movie theatres, and in rows and rows of books at our local Borders or Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
Without solid connections between homicides, we may have the reverse problem of believing three local murders are the work of one serial killer when they may actually be the work of three!
Last but not least among serial killer methodologies, we have women who kill their own children.
The most important issue for the killer is the ability to get a victim easily and successfully.
Telling the community a serial killer is out there stirs up a lot of unpleasant attention.
In reality, serial killers are of average intelligence.
Evidence can vary depending on the circumstances, the weather, and how long it has been hanging around.
What does signature mean? Supposedly these are the added touches that make the crime personal to the killer.