Essay on Research into the Mind of Serial Killers
Due to the inability of professionals to reach a uniform consensus on the definition of serial murder, those murderers in whose homicides involve trolling, or roaming and lust (those who murder for the sheer desire of it)(Keeney & Heide, 1995) will be the focus of this work. For the purposes of this paper, nurses who murder patients, contract killers and babysitters or parents who murder children, as well as other similar such types of multiple murder, will be eliminated because they are currently not considered within the field of serial murder.
First-degree homicide, or murder, is defined as “intending or knowing that the person’s conduct will cause death, such person causes the death of another with premeditation” (ARS 13-1105). The key points being intending and premeditation. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (FBI UCR), the two federal record keepers of criminal reported activity, just under 17,000 people were victims of homicide in 1998. Of those, only twenty two percent (3,800) were women