The behavior of serial killers is an interesting topic for me, I grew up watching many different crime-related shows and have been curious how the mind of a serial killer works. More specifically, I am interested in how the media affects them. Some serial killers throughout history have taken a liking to being talked about on the news, some even try to pander to the media. Serial killers like the "Zodiac Killer" were known for creating ciphers and puzzles for the public to solve, assuming it would lead them to a clue as to how to find him or one of his victims. With all these murderers making it a point to get attention from the media, I wonder if it encourages them to kill again.
5. Public trials and executions serve as a deterance of deviant behaviors. These sanctions act as a way to set an example and for people to see what will happen to them if they do the same thing, These sanctions can also be seen as reinforcing boundaries. Although public executions and trials in “town square” are not as common in most countries today, the media is utilized to fulfil the same purpose. When there are high profile cases going on in the United States often tmes the full trial and sentancings are televised so that much of society can see what the repercussions are for defying a social norm.
The media is known for not always having the facts right no matter how high end it is, but still people taken what they say as factual evidence. An example of this was the Boston bombing tragedy. Sunil Tripathi became the last victim of the event when he was wrongly accused of the bombings. this started on twitter when a woman stated that the young man looked like one of the suspects several others agreed. Nevertheless, this news traveled (lee, 2015) “even prompting some journalists (including Digg 's Ross Newman, Politico 's Dylan Byers, Newsweek 's Brian Ries, NBC 's Luke Russert, and Buzzfeed 's Andrew Kaczynski) to spread word of Tripathi 's possible guilt” (para.
The show gained so much success that an additional show was created titled Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU). Law and Order SVU have been known for taking actual news stories, and combining falsities on the real-life situations. Although, most of the plot is fictional, many viewers are on aware, and unable to gage what is made of fiction and what is reality. This combination introduces issues facing the community, while creating drama and entertainment. Several scholars and rape advocates have argued that the show exploits and makes a speculation of serious crimes such as rape and sexual assaults for ratings.
Throughout the years, people have visually examined mass murders and wondered at how an individual or a group of individuals could take the lives of another immensely large group of people. Society often mistake mass murders to its close cognation with serial murder and spree killers. The terminology “mass murder” was acclimated around 1980 to establish an individual or group of individuals who kill many (three and more) at once. Some types of mass murders committed by individuals are Disciple Killers, Family Annihilators, and Disgruntled Employees. However, it is not only individuals that consummate mass murder.
Types and Motivations of Serial Killers A large portion of serial killers are sexually motivated (DeFronzo et al.,2007). There are other motivations of why serial killers pick their victims and commit their murderess act. As stated before sexual pleasure is usually the main motivation of serial killers, but there are also motivations of money, power/control, directive from a higher power or hallucinations, or to gain a certain benefit that they believe only their victims can give them. Over time many researchers with social science backgrounds have tried to classify serial killer into different categories. There are multiple typologies for serial killers throughout most literature on serial killers.
Often time’s people are posed with questions as to why people can do such evil things to others. For example, one can take a look at what serial killers to do to people. There have been many serial killers that have made national news. To think that the crimes these people have committed and the behaviors they have committed show correlation to what I feel should be categorized as the term deviant. Those who commit such heinous crimes don’t value morals but rather their acts and their own sick reasons why they chose to commit them.
And the conspiracy theories to the assassination and the people behind them. Having the public view of the press and outside sources. Even the criticisms of other countries are being put into consideration. With also having the criticisms and the opions of the family and friends of JFK. Besides those two topics the major issue that everyone was wondering was wat happen with the security on Nov. 22 that lead to JFK getting killed.
1) As many others have mentioned, there seems to be many factors that could be contributing to the commonplace of mass shooting, such as poor gun control or the prevalence of mental illness and how it is treated. But the factor that interests me the most is technology. For starters, there is the technology of the guns themselves. Obviously when weapons like assault rifles are invented, the body count of mass murders can go up. Another piece of technology that has probably affected the prevalence of mass murders would be the Internet.