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SERIAL MURDER - New Report Highlights Views of Experts
« on: July 07, 2008, 11:52:33 PM »
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/july08/serialmurder_070708.html

On television and the silver screen, serial killers are usually white males and dysfunctional loners who really want to get caught. Or, they?re super-intelligent monsters who frustrate law enforcement at every turn.

According to a new publication from our National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime?entitled Serial Murder: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators?serial killers are much different in real life.

 
 

The report contains the collective insights of a group of experts from the law enforcement, academic, and mental health professions who took part in a symposium on serial murder. The symposium?s focus was actually two-fold: to bridge the gap between fact and fiction and to build up our collective body of knowledge to generate a more effective investigative response.

Here?s why that is so important: Serial killings are rare, probably less than one percent of all murders. They do, however, receive a lot of attention in the news and on screen?and much of the information out there is wrong. Yet, the public, the media, and even sometimes law enforcement professionals who have limited experience with serial murder, often believe what they read and hear. And this misinformation can hinder investigations.

According to the experts, there is no common thread tying serial killers together?no single cause, no single motive, no single profile. But there are some common "best practices" that they recommend for investigations:

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Strong leadership throughout the chain of command that can withstand the external pressure sometimes brought to bear on serial murder cases by politicians, the victims' families, and the media;
Task forces that bring together agencies from the different jurisdictions to effectively combine expertise, resources, and information;
An automated case management system like the FBI?s Rapid Start that organizes and collates lead information so investigators don't get overwhelmed;
A team of crime analysts who can help investigators develop timelines of murders and backgrounds on suspects, highlight similar case elements, etc. (note: if your agency doesn't have such a team, ask for help from a neighboring jurisdiction or from our National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime);
Consistent forensic services, which in the best case scenario means that the same crime scene team goes to each scene and the same crime lab processes all the evidence (but if that's not possible, then enhanced communication between the teams and the labs is a must to ensure consistency); and
A strong media plan that successfully straddles the line between giving out relevant information to the media and not compromising the investigation?while helping to raise public awareness about the killings.

As for serial killer myths, our group of experts had this to say about a few of them: 

1) Serial killers are not all dysfunctional loners: some have had wives and kids and full-time jobs and have been very active in their community or church or both.

2) Serial killers are not all white males: the racial diversification of serial killers generally mirrors the overall U.S. population.

3) Serial killers do not want to get caught: over time, as they kill without being discovered, they get careless during their crimes.

So much for the stereotypes!

Resources:
- Read and print the report: pdf | html
- Visit the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime website


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Re: SERIAL MURDER - New Report Highlights Views of Experts
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 11:47:31 PM »
The one thing that I still hear a lot on TV is that virtually all serial killers are white males. I also hear this about pedophiles. I am not sure why media still repeats this as it has been proven not true.

At least on the federal level, they seem to be focusing on these kinds of cases. IT is about time they did too, who knows how many of these freaks are out there. I bet half could solved if there was a better way of tracking information.

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2008, 09:57:10 AM »
I agree with Des here about the info coming from this symposium seeming basic. I don't feel there was too much in there that we probably didn't already know from following serial killer cases. I always find this type of stuff interesting, but as I was reading it I must say I did wonder how much money they spent to come to the conclusions that they did.

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009, 11:14:46 AM »
I must also agree with Des on the seemingly basic outcome of this report. In answer to the question of how many are out there, the answer is on average 26 sk's at any given time in a years time. The average number of victims per is 10. Of course this may vary, but it is a realistic picture. The one thing that seems to be missing in the pathology is spirituality. What is the spiritual nature of the total net. We have a need to place blame on someone or something as to cause of the sk's actions, ie bad childhood, sexual abuse as a child, some type of illness or injury, but in all of the studies nowhere is the spiritual condition addressed......

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2009, 05:02:58 PM »
Des, there is a big distance between religious and spiritual. Religion is a man made entity by which control is exercised over the many by the few. Spirituality on the other hand is a universal quantity by which we are given choice. What must be understood by those who quest for understanding these sk's, is that all of us respond to spirituality. Yes, even those who claim no feeling of spirituality are at their base, a spiritual being. A person who seems void of any spiritual sense would seem cold and empty. But are they really? For if there is a good there must be an evil. We live in a universe of yin and yang, right and wrong.
   So in closing I will only say that the spirit of man must play a part in profiling these monsters. When we learn to unlock that, we will learn to more closely profile them and bring them to justice sooner rather than later.