Although most cases of power motivated murders are based solely around sexual acts, a significant number of homicides are based around “playing God” (Fox and Levin 21). A man by the name of Donald Harvey confessed to the murders of nearly 80 patients that were under his care in a hospital in Cincinnati. Many claimed that he was a mercy killer, meaning he only did it to put his patients out of their misery, but he ultimately enjoyed the dominance he had over his patients and what he viewed as dominance over God himself. Revenge motivations are targeted at specific individuals, groups of individuals, or society which can also be compared with the mission-controlled origin. According to Shervert Frazier, this is also known as “murder by proxy” which means victims are chosen specifically because of their resemblance to whom they wish to get revenge on (Fox and Levin 22).
The mystery behind the gruesome, cannibalistic murders from Jack the Ripper can be summed up by two suspects: Aaron Kominski and Severin Klosowski. Jack the Ripper has left a mystery since his first horrific murder; the information that has been gathered helps narrow him down to specific suspects. In the time between August and November of 1888, in Whitechapel, 5 prostitutes were mutilated by a knife (“The Hunt”). The women who were known to be killed by him are Annie
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area faced one of the most mass unknown murders that is still unsolved until this day. The murder, who exemplified himself as the “Zodiac,” kept in contact with the police and area newspapers using notes, confirming that he has murdered yet another citizen. Although the police were never able to identify the zodiac, they were able to gather information about him through letters he was sending to the police and newspapers. The zodiac killed up to about 40 people, but the police is estimating about 50, therefore the amount of killings still remains unknown. The zodiac was very creative at his killings, so everytime the police thought they had gained knowledge on his strategies, Zodiac would change his ways and leave the police speechless.
The first person she killed was a man named Richard Mallory; he was found in a junkyard with five more men’s bodies (College). Aileen Wuornos was found out and convicted with the death sentence; even if her sanity was questioned she was executed by lethal injection in 2002. On the psychological side of the scale, both Nature and Nurture are present in this case. Aileen had a very bad upbringing being abused, and abandoned which in tow would seem as if the nurture of her past drove her over the edge to commit those murders, but on the biological side of things her dad had some sort of problems as well, her father being a child molester that it could be argued that he gave her traits of being a molester, through heredity. This being said, in this case both nature and nurture had some play in part to why Aileen Wuornos became a serial
The Murder Trial of Biggie Smalls Rathbone, William Unit 7 Assignment CJ 101 Wallace Biggie was one of the most powerful rappers before getting murdered in drive by shooting in March of 1997. At time he was killed the police had many theories of why he got murdered on that day. The police had multiple suspects about who did it but wasn’t sure of who or why they murdered Biggie Smalls. On that day Biggie was on his way to the hotel from the music party. When his SUV came up to the stop light, he could hear someone call his name, so he rolled his back window down to see who that’s when he was shot multiple times in the torso and then the suspects drove away from the murder.
After the body was examined by the police, the station got a letter talking about a bunch of killings the sender did, one confirming Cheri Bates’ death (Olsen 3). This shows that the sender was very confident that he would not be caught any time soon, as he was perfectly fine with the police knowing that as well. Shortly after, two teenagers were killed, police investigation led to no motive or suspect. About a year later, the Zodiac shot two more teenagers, after which he called the cops mumbling, “I want to report a double murder. If you will go one mile east on
The cops arrived, and calmed me down enough to take my statement my parents were called, and came home the next day. All of us were brokenhearted over Tommy, who got stabbed just for trying to help me. The following years were hard. I was in therapy for a year afterwards, and every anniversary of the event, I think over what happened. The reason my husband asked me about it was, years later after I had begun to date and finally married, I saw a news story about two robbers arrested not far from where we live.
Taking the law into his own hands killing those who have committed murder after he finds enough evidence of their guilt. In great contrast to the “Official Hero” all of Dexter’s personal relationships are superficial. He does eventually marry and have a child because of his main superficial relationship. At the end of season four Dexter returns home to find his wife is murdered by his latest victim, a psychologist that would murder his patients. The impulsive mature of the “Outlaw Hero” has caused Dexter to make a few mistakes one being, after killing a convicted rapist, Fowler, Dexter discovers Fowler’s latest victim is still alive and witnessed the entire murder.
Log 12 In 1997 four United States sailors in Norfolk, Virginia were brought into police custody and questioned for hours about their possible involvement in the rape and murder of Michelle Basco. After many hours of constant aggressive questioning of the four men, they finally confessed they were guilty which lead to their jury indictment. The first Man to admit after eleven hours of aggressive interrogation by Detective Robert Ford was Daniel Williams. One would think that with just the confession alone the case would be closed and over with, but Daniels confessions were inconsistent with the facts of the crime scene. For example, Williams confessed that he beat her with a shoe, but the autopsy found Basco was not beaten with a shoe and
The FBI defines serial killing as "a series of three or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone". The “separate events” part is what makes serial killing different than spree killing and mass killing. Another thing that makes serial killers stand out is that they often demonstrate specific patterns that can be easily identified by police investigators. It was often debated that those patterns are products of either their genetics, or their environment. We now know that both are important to the development of all people, so now people argue which one is more important, especially when it comes to serial killers.
Arthur J. Shawcross, a notorious serial killer, claimed to have had a very troubled childhood. Without facts to support, he alleges that he was sexually abused by his mother until he decided to run away in the ninth grade. Later, when Shawcross served in Vietnam, he claimed, although he had never served in combat, that he had beheaded a woman. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army, he returned to Watertown, New York. Arthur Shawcross would go on to murder fourteen year old, Jack Blake and eight year old, Karen Hill in 1971 and 1972 as well as eleven women from 1988 to 1989.
In his first trial, Wright was pressured by deputies to confess. He accused Charlie Weems and Clarence Norris of raping Price and Bates. Despite him later claiming his statements were coerced, his own trial ended in eleven jurors voting for a death sentence and one seeking life in prison. He spent the next six years in jail without a retrial before finally