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Serial Killers and affect on society Michelle O'Brien May 17

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Michelle O'Brien

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Transcript of Serial Killers and affect on society Michelle O'Brien May 17

People hold a conventional wisdom of serial killers because of media. Serial Killers and their affect on society "Serial murderers are distorted reflections of society's own values, according to new research."
-From Discovery News Serial killers are:
murderers with more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval
aged 18-32
Of course all of these have exceptions
(Richard Whittington-Egan)

After a further breakdown there are two types of serial killers:
Loner serial killers are those who hold simple jobs and kill with no plan or intention other than to kill.

Then there are the serial killers who seem normal and hold relationships. These serial killers stalk their victims and plan their kills ahead. They kill slowly and try to show off their “skills”. After being starting my research many questions came into my head:
•Why are people obsessed with serial killers?
•Why do people buy “murderobellia”
•What impact do they have on movies, books, and television
•Are we glorifying serial killers?
•Do we create more copy cat killers by having serial killers on tv/ books/ movies?
•Is the portrayal of serial killers in the media accurate? Serial killers in society and their media attention affect society and what people think they are; movies television and books and how people deal with them. Serial killers are affecting people in society all the time, even years after their death and because of this there are many implications. Implications from the fact that america produces 85% of the worlds serial killers, a statistic found from USA today.
(David Schmid) The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers lists over 1500 cases. These shows examine different issues
•the way they act
•manner of killing
•how they get caught
•police work These shows/books/movies grow in popularity with every case and the reasons why people watch these shows is because people want to see what is not normal, some people feel they can relate to these people and because of this media reports must be monitored carefully. Most of the most recognizable and famous serial killers have been american. From these killers There are hundreds and thousands of books/ tv shows/ movies. According to “Do Serial Killers Have an Impact on the US Media” news reports must limit serial killer information.
(Elizabeth Goodban) •People will be fake witnesses
Television drives invistigations amongst people who are not police
people risk getting hurt
•Want to make more ratings •Heinous crimes make for fascinating television and people will watch and boost ratings
•Some serial killers bait media Why would a killer "bait" the media? 1.Thrill of the hunt for the police
2.Serial killers may feel attention they want
3. Make a game forthemselves
4. God complexes and absolute control Once the killers want a media circus they become infamous and people will follow their stories. Allowing them to become infamous. From the Article Why do Americans Idolize Serial Killers: "Schmid points out that, despite the fact that the U.S. produces 85% of the world's serial killers, Americans consistently represent them as "other" than themselves--as loathsome, monstrous, utterly alien creatures. At the same time, these murderers are treated as icons, celebrity performers, and fetish figures.” The obsession people have found from serial killers is reflected in sale of Murderabilia. Murderabilia is artifacts of a serial killer.
•locks of hair
•tissues used John Wayne Gacy is best known for Clown artwork he made he is the "Killer Clown" killing more than 30 people. many websites poped up recntly including murderaction.com
a growing market even for people to buy these things mainly online on sites like eBay and Craigslist 1.monsters
3.disjointed human beings
4.“creepy white guys”
5.people who deserve the worst
6.our ideas of serial killers portrayed by the media
7.Emphasize their creepiness My method of searching came from going to Google and the ATECH LIBRARY People really don’t understand or know what serial killers truly are because no one actually knows why they need to kill. Several different theories exist: bad parenting, biology, society. Some psychologists and criminologists suggest it is any combination. Example of famous media based killers are The Zodiac. In the end what is the point? So what do I care or think about it. I think serial killers need to be taken more seriously. Serial killers have always fascinated many people including myself but I never really knew what they truly are and how they impact the rest of the world. Cites

Clark, Josh. "Serial Killers Shaped by Society, Study Claims : Discovery News." Discovery News: Earth, Space, Tech, Animals, Dinosaurs, History. Discovery.com, 26 Oct. 2009. Web. 19 May 2011.
(Clark Josh)

CNN Writer Staff. "Controversial Serial Killer's Paintings Go on Display in Las Vegas - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. CNN.com, 13 May 2011. Web. 19 May 2011.

"The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers." Booklist 1 June 2000: 1955. General OneFile. Web. 9 May. 2011,
Document URL

Goodban, Elizabeth. "Do Serial Killers Have an Impact on the US Media." Associated Content from Yahoo! - Associatedcontent.com. Www.associatedcontent.com, 2 Aug. 2006. Web. 19 May 2011.
(Elizabeth Goodban)

Methvin, Eugene H. "The face of evil." National Review 23 Jan. 1995: 34+. General OneFile. Web. 9 May. 2011.
Document URL
(Face of Evil)

Whittington-Egan, Richard. "THE SERIAL KILLER PHENOMENON." EBSCO. Web.

"Why do Americans idolize serial killers?". USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education). FindArticles.com. 19 May, 2011. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_2739_135/ai_n27094665/
(David Schmid) I came to research serial killers out of an interest from
the show Dexter.
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