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Same end, different means: The typologies of killers

Killers come in all forms. Some killers do it on large scale, some on small; some do it for hate, some for pleasure; some accredit it to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, some to disenchantment of their social environment. Legally speaking, there are three dimensions by which to measure the murder’s offense: the methodology, the […]

Modern-day Dracula: The tale of Richard Chase

Though their actions may suggest otherwise, serial killers and cannibal killers often do not murder out of malice. The habits of serial killers are dictated more often out of pleasure they derive from the hunt than out of any animosity towards the prey. Understandably, that explanation is little comfort to those who have had loved […]

Mind of a Killer

The age-old chicken-or-the-egg riddle applies when trying to understand mind of a killer: Is it the serial killer psychological makeup affirming itself through murder, or is it their environment that creates the capacity within them to kill others? Complicating the issue further is the various typologies of murderers – does a certain psychological condition make […]

Dahmer: The horrific legacy of Jeffrey Dahmer’s obsessions

There are names that are so infamous that their mere mention strikes anxiety and dread into hearts: “Dahmer” is among them. It does not need a first name attached to it; in fact, the isolated nature of the sir name is more than appropriate. “Dahmer” remains symbolic for the detachment with which serial killer Jeffrey […]