His first signature is a symbol that he would leave with his victims. This symbol was a circle with a cross through it, usually created with black paint. The Zodiac Killer also wrote a total of twenty-one letters that were sent to both the police and local newspapers. These letters were coded in a way that only the Zodiac Killer was able to read. It took law enforcement, professional code breakers, and criminologists five decades to crack this code.
The Zodiac Killer is the most notorious serial killer in the world. He was running rapid in northern California in the late 1960 's to the early 1970 's. To this day the Zodiac Killer’s identity is unknown. The Zodiac Killer can be connected to at least 5 murders, but he may have committed more. He killed couples in isolated places. He mocked the police and sent threats through letters and ciphers.
Arthur Leigh Allen was previously a mental patient, he had stated that he had wanted to commit a sequence of murders which led him to be investigated by the authorities (Katz 4). Also, Bryan Hartwell, a survivor of the zodiac, said Arthur’s voice and physique were the same as what he had seen of the nefarious killer (Newton 416). The police investigated Arthur Leigh Allen’s home, they found numerous objects such as explosives, handwritten letters, handguns and a zodiac brand watch (Katz 5). Was it just a coincidence that the suspect had a zodiac brand watch and the other items or was the Zodiac Killer right under their nose? To add, “police speculated that perhaps Allen has committed the murder and an accomplice wrote the letters” (Katz 5).
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is the most infamous unsolved crime in U.S. history. This day marked Capone’s most notorious killing. On February 14, 1929, four men of Capone entered a garage which occupied 7 men from his rival gang. Two of his four men entered dressed as policemen, fooling the seven men into thinking it was a police raid, resulting in the drop of their weapons and rise of their arms.
Zodiac killer Name Institutional affiliation The Zodiac killer is one of the most infamous killers in American history. He murdered at least five people between the 1960s and 1970’s. His victims were often couples who were in secluded places around San Francisco. He received widespread media attention due to his habits of taunting the police and newspapers with coded messages.
The serial killer I chose was Nanny Hazel Doss also know as “The Giggling Granny”. Her birth name being Nancy Hazel. She was born on November 4, 1905 and then later died on June 2, 1965. Her birthplace was Blue Mountain, Alabama. Her parents were James and Lou Hazel.
There is no released information about the man’s motives for shooting up the mall, but the FBI is investigating to see if this incident was an alleged terrorist attack. The past couple of weeks in September have been very busy for psychos and terrorists. First the bombings in New York City and New Jersey, then the stabbings in the mall in Minnesota, and now the mall shooting in Washington. It seems as if they all picked the end of September to try and hurt the United States.
Most brains have strong connections between one nerve to the next. The connection of a serial killer’s brain is poor. In spite of all the research completed at the University of Wisconsin, other brain studies were done by different organizations. BBC News reports that Professor Adrian Raine found a decreased amount of activity in the prefrontal cortex and too much activity from the amygdala (BBC 1). Positron-emission Tomography (PET scans) were done to compare serial killers and normal, controlled subjects.
Charles Manson was born on November 12, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother was a single, 16-year-old alcoholic and prostitute. At a young age, Charles’ mother wanted nothing to do with him, so he lived on the streets which is where his life of crime began. For the first 32 years of his life, Manson was in jail for half of them. He had a wife and child, but they left him after he resumed stealing cars. Because of these rejections from his mother and wife, Manson became mentally unstable and constantly strove for some kind of love.
Mass shootings are a horrific event prevalent in our society for many years. On July 18, 1984, James Huberty fires with his long-barreled Uzi at a McDonald’s San Ysidro, California, killing twenty-one adults and children. Another gunman, George Hennard, fires in a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, killing a total of twenty-three people on On October 16, 1991. A different mass murderer, Seung-Hui Cho, shoots thirty-two students and faculty members dead at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 16, 2007. Additionally, Adam Lanza opens fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut killing twenty students aging from six to seven, and six staff on December 14, 2012. All too often in the history of America, innocent
Aileen Wuornos Rebecca McRunnel CRJ 308 Psychology of Criminal Behavior Professor David Ojo October 6, 2014 A serial killer is defined as a “person who murders three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a “cooling off” period between each murder, which whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification.” (University, n.d) Many times serial murders go unsolved and other times it takes decades to unravel. According to the FBI there is no set profile of a serial killer, because they can come in all sizes, ages, shapes, colors and groups. (Welch, 2011)
Dennis Rader used psychology and criminology to his advantage. He would give clues, send letters through the media, as well as other things but would never do it in a way in which he could be caught. “Rader sent 19 messages in all, 10 of them in the 11 months before his arrest. Most serial killers do not communicate with the authorities, and when they do it is hardly ever to the extent that Rader did (Hansen, 2006). ” If he had never said anything, I don’t think he would’ve been caught.
The crime as it was named, occured on Valentine’s Day, 1929. While Capone was rising to the top, he managed to make himself some rivals, like George “Bugs” Moran. Al Capone and Moran were rivals in the bootlegging business and weren't afraid to try to kill each other if necessary. Capone had already had most of his other competitors killed. (Cannon, Forsyth, 1999)