Some killers kill for fame while others crave the satisfaction of the kill. There are four categories of motives that serial killers fall into and they are: visionary, mission-oriented, self-gratifying and power/control. Visionary killers often fall out of reality and suffer from psychotic breaks. They often believe they are someone else or they are compelled by the Devil or God to commit the crimes, in order to better serve their master. An example of a visionary killer is David Berkowitz, known as Son of Sam.
But, I believe that Mr. Smith would fall into the typology of a thrill serial killer. A thrill serial killer could in other words be called a ”sexual sadist”. This type of offenders motivation is about sex and torture. This offender wants his victims to be alive when he tortures them, because he will lose interest in the victims if they are dead. Mr. Smith tortured his victims while they were alive, which means he wanted to see them suffer and after his victims died he didn 't show interest in them, just as the thrill serial
Furthermore, the Zodiac has been “directly linked to at least 5 murders in Northern California” (“Zodiac Killer Biography”). He would monitor the total number of people he has allegedly killed in the letters he would occasionally send (Newton 414). Even though he has confessed to murdering all those people it was never confirmed. The taunting letters and unthinkable body count
Cullen and Capote both wrote stories that depicted two very similar settings. They both inform us about murders that happen in places that you wouldn 't think could happen. Columbine tells us about two typical teenage boys who turn into raging psychopaths. In Cold Blood reveals how the desire for money can drive two adult men into madness. Eric and Dick both had plans to kill.
Human nature is quite despicable. Humans kill for thrill, manipulate one another, act out of greed and dishonesty, and perform acts that are inexcusable. So as a society, humans combat instincts just to function in a way that is regarded as “normal”. This is seen in Barry Lyga’s book I Hunt Killers as Jazz struggles internally in a self versus self war. I Hunt Killers can be connected to conformity, evaluated as a cliché book, and questioned as to what happened once the story ended.
Murder is defined as the illegal taking of another human's life and is grounded in the intent of this action. Many murders occur at the time due to an increased passion of a situation; jealousy, anger, or a lapse in judgment that leads to someone else's death. In the case of serial killers, this is not about the passion of a onetime situation, it can be a compulsion that drives a person to kill over and over. The cause of this compulsion is motivated by mental illness, a sense of duty to a particular person or entity, or it is a way to release pent-up frustrations that the killer does not have the emotional capability to handle. This last one is the case for Edmund "Ed" Kemper III, also known as the Co-Ed Killer.
Both of the short stories are about revenge, murder and madness. The narrators of both the Tell-Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado have very different motives for committing the murder each of them commits. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is insane and his motive behind killing the old man is that he cannot stand the sight of the old man’s “vulture eye”. He is tempted to close the eye forever, and so he does this by murdering him. Whereas, in The Cask of Amontillado, the reason behind the murder is revenge, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Additionally, Montressor’s jealousy is another reason because of which he murders Fortunato.
This greed is especially shown as he is trying obtain power through his rape of women. This greed also continues on through his intense desire to murder people. Once Bateman feels an urge to spill blood he cannot stop himself until he does so. This theme of greed also reflects high society, as society labeled high society as greedy human beings. These characters in this novel all represent wealthy people and they all display constant
Murder can be defined as “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another”. How then, are others able to make us sympathize with not only murderers, but people who have committed horrendous crimes? For example, the media is constantly attempting to humanize rapists and even terrorists with phrases like “lone wolf” or “alienated and adrift.” Such phrases make some of us want to pity the criminal. This can be seen when we compare Perry Smith and Dick Hickock from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Capote portrays only one of these two seemingly distinct characters (Perry) in a way that the reader feels the need to relate to and even sympathize with him.
This behavior arose from Claudius’s id because it the aggressive behavior of murdering his brother that allowed him to receive the immediate pleasure of access to his deceased brother’s wife, and in turn, kingship. Claudius’s can also be viewed as the cause for marrying Queen Gertrude, which he did by “[winning] to his shameful / The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen” (I.V. 45-46). He used sexual behaviors to seduce the queen for the sake of the pleasure of the crown and a wife, actions driven by his id. Looking at Claudius’s id allows one to understand why he was able to commit such terrible sins, as the instinctual, unconscious desire for immediate pleasure gave him the reason to ignore societal values and
This rule proved to be highly immoral, because it basically led one achieving and performing their revenge on another. Sentencing an individual to death for a crime they had committed, whether it be murder, rape, or another heinous crime, is using Hammurabi’s code. Individuals on death row were put there because members of the court believed that they had committed a crime worthy of death. By sentencing them to death, the court is committing a murder as well, even if it is of a guilty individual. Murdering or sentencing one to death row is not just, even if the individual is guilty of treason.
With over 30 victims killed, Ted took his time with his murders. Some even believe there are bodies that are yet to be found. Ted underwent many different identities in order to lure his victims. When Ted decided to represent himself in his trials, he wanted to lay down a fabricated story that would have persuaded the jurors to see why Ted should be dropped of the charges. As much as Ted tried, the jurors did not believe his stories, and he was found guilty.
Britteny Winfrey Instructor Michelle Stornello LAL101-04 September 24, 2015 Serial Killers: Warning Signs and Risk Factors According to John Douglas—former chief of the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit—there are as many as thirty-five to fifty serial killers in the United States at any given time. They could be preachers, police officers, troop leader; they could even bag your groceries or prepare your food at a restaurant. They are experts of disguise, portraying good Samaritans in society but behind closed doors they are killers. Psychopaths generally are masters of manipulation, serial killers are classified as psychopaths. Predators come in all shapes and sizes and vary in age and gender, this is also true of serial killers.
Brain anatomy, genetics, and a person’s environment may all contribute to the development of psychopathic traits. One of the factors used from the study of psychopathy is recognizing dangerous characteristics. In which, often pass unnoticed until they commit a horrific crime. However, not all psychopaths are criminals – some psychopathic traits are actually linked to success. There’s a particularly interesting link between serial killers and psychopaths steaming from characteristics.