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Serial Killers
by Amanda Little

What are some contributing factors to the fascination with serial killers?
What is the psychology behind the fascination with death?
Why are the actions of serial killers so intriguing?
How does the media play a role in the fascination of serial killers?
What are some contributing factors to the fascination with serial killers?
Key Terms
Serial Killer
- Someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval.
World Net Web

Fascination
- The state of being intensely interested or attracted.
The Free Dictionary

Contributing Factor
-To help bring about a result.
The Free Dictionary


Review of Literature
Mattin, David. "Serial Killers." The Times: n. pag. EBSCOhost. Web. 13 Sept. 2013.

Hoggart, Paul. "Killer Serials." The Times (United Kingdom): n. pag. Ebsco Host. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.

Franklin, James. "The Not That Great, the Bad, and the Ugly." Sunday Mail: n. pag. EBSCOhost. Web. 13 Sept. 2013.
Fascination With Murder
Endlessly Fascinated

Intrigued

Human Impulse

"Would I have done the same thing?"

"Fine line between evil intent and desire to let loose."


"The Psychology of Morbid Curiosity"
Understanding
Answers

A sickness of contemporary society

"The Kingdom of the Unimaginable"
First-hand experience

Rely on stories


Hidden Behavior
Gripped by the dark side of human behavior

The guy next door
Justification
Motives

"Why did they do it?"

"How did they decide or did they even think about what they were doing?"

"Was it the act of a "normal" person, or the act of someone criminal or someone deranged?"
"The Kingdom of the Unimaginable"
"Disappointment comes into play when our experiences fail to meet our expectations."
Human Nature
"Becoming a popular-culture celebrity . . . inspires serial killers"

Identification

Copycat killers
"Manson: The Musical"

Heisman Trophy winner of serial killings

"The most famous man alive"

Seung-Hui Cho
Anticipated Findings
Fascination is normal

Desire to know information

Reasonable explanations behind the fascination
Anticipated Findings
Actions chosen spark more interests

Want to feel involved and aware

Don't like to be kept in the dark

Wonder why and how people can take such morbid actions
Anticipated Findings
Surrounded by the media

Large number of serial killers to be recognized

Serial killers attract attention
Morbid Curiosity

The Unknown
Need to challenge the unknown

Wonder about everything that baffles us
Search for Justification
It is hard to imagine why

Our responsibility is to hold two thoughts in mind

Labels
The most notorious

Labeled

"There is one more amazing part"
The Shining
"Do not overlook the darkness within."

Healthy and unhealthy morbid curiosity





The monsters are inside of us
Form of Entertainment
"Art or entertainment"

Trading cards, comic books, T-shirts, calendars, and action figures

Books
Academic Coach: Mrs. Brown

Administrator: Mr. Mundell

Expert: Mr. Scott Barton

Community Member: Mrs. Crystal Hawkins

Copyright Disclaimer
The materials included in this presentation are included under the fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law, are prepared according to the educational multimedia fair use guidelines, and are restricted from further use.
Killing
Extreme example of human behavior

Abnormal

Beyond our comprehension

Intriguing
Intrigued by the actions

Shocked by the chosen actions
"Why Are We So Fascinated With Murder?"
"Murder is fascinating whether it's real or not."

Movies
Center of Attention
The actions disgust society

Nobody 'normal' would want to be "associated with these acts"

Serial killers as central figures

Odd trend
Discovery
Attempt to understand

How can serial killers do these things?
Desire to experience someone else's suffering

Compelled

Dangers threaten survival

Need to understand our own hidden nature

Healthy confrontation

Use anything to satisfy needs
Survival
Destruction helps us value our own lives

Destruction "can be good for your mental health"

Morbid sides are normal
Survival
Evolutionary value

"We learn what not to do"

Imagination
Create ourselves through our actions

We are curious

Desire to make sense

Appealing
Small, ordinary lives

Awful stories
Craving Fame
Wanted to gain notoriety

"If you kill one, you might as well kill 21."

Focus in Media
Media feeds off the public

". . . people you probably wouldn't want to sit beside . . . much less read a book or watch a TV special about."
Serial Killer Celebrities
Memorable, glamorized nicknames

Public's collective memory

"Fulfill our expectations"
Poem
"To reveal his secret will bring him fame. But to burden his family with unwanted shame" (The Boston Strangler).
Spotlight on Killers
1-900-622-GACY

Collectors will pay $20,000 for Gacy's paintings

"Our society is actively breeding serial killers"

Day and Night
"The most fascinated seem to be the most nonviolent people of all."

Werewolves of the modern age
Focus in Movies
"Be thankful, and yet bitter at the movies"

Movies are informative, but advertise serial killers.
Encouragement
Thrill from seeing letters in paper

Superstars in crime

"I got fan mail, friends . . . people that would die for me."
"Murder As One of the Liberal Arts"
Ordinary people doing horrendous things

Uncertainty

Lizzie Borden
Familiarity
Serial killing has become familiar

Natural to be curious
"Serial Killers, Evil, and Us"
"The plethora of books, movies, and television documentaries about [serial killers] attests to the public's obsession with these human killing machines."

Motivation
"Serial Killers, Evil, and Us"
"I am human. Serial killers are human. Am I, like them, capable of monstrous deeds?"

"No, I am not even capable of thinking about such evil."
Advertising Serial Killers
"Violence Incorporated"
Given thrills we crave

Form of entertainment

Movies show many forms of violence

"Violence needs to be functionally useful"
Clarification
People like to know results

Want to understand

Mystery behind it
BTK and Wichita Eagle

Songs
Interview
(Night Stalker)
Did you know much about him before he came into the hospital, maybe from the news?

"Yes.
Everybody knew who he was.
It was surreal."

After seeing him did it make you want to know more about him and other serial killers?

"There was enough on the internet that
I didn't want to know any more about him.
"
Interview
(Night Stalker)
Were people scared to be around him knowing what he had done?

"Only police officers were around him.
I wasn't scared
though because I was doing my job and I know that criminals can sense when people are scared around them."
What is the psychology behind the fascination with death?
Why are the actions of serial killers so intriguing?
How does the media play a role in the fascination of serial killers?
Becoming normal

People are curious about the unknown

Attracted to things we couldn't imagine doing
People like to know

Want to know motives to understand better

Morbidity tends to be fascinating
Media is everywhere

Serial killers attract attention

Easiest way to spread the news

Serial killers use media to their advantage
More grotesque, the greater the appeal
"I call her Karma. She eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer."

"Use your finger to stir my tea . . . Yup, I'll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer."
John Christie
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Thornhill, Ted. "Why Looking at a Car Crash Can Be GOOD for Your Mental Health."
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Spence, Sean. "Bad or Mad? If Child Killers and Serial Killers Know They Are
Doing Wrong Does That Make Them Culpable? It's Not Nearly as Simple as
That, Say Psychiatrist." New Scientist: n. pag. New Scientist. Web. 1 Dec.
2013.
Hantke, Steffan. "'The Kingdom of the Unimaginable': The Construction of Social
Space and the Fantasy of Privacy in Serial Killer Narratives."
Literature Film: n. pag. Ebsco Host. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.
Toufexis, Anastasia, and Lisa H. Towle. "Dances With Werewolves." Academic Search Elite: n. pag. EBSCOhost. Web. 15 Aug. 2013.
Hitchcock, James. "Murder as One of the Liberal Arts." Professional Development
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Simon, Robert I. "Serial Killers, Evil, and Us." National Forum: n. pag.
EBSCOhost. Web. 13 Sept. 2013.
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Behera, C. "A Psychological Profile Of A Serial Killer: A Case Report."
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John Christie
Lizzie Borden
John Wayne Gacy
Jeffrey Dahmer
Richard Ramirez
Ted Bundy
David Berkowitz
Henry Lee Lucas
Psychological Perspective
Instinct for violence and aggression

Sense of right and wrong

Crimes feed our urges
Operational Definitions
Morbid curiosity
- Having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events.
Reverse
MacDonald, Fiona. "The Lust for Blood." Cosmos: n. pag. Cosmos. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.
Killers
Hasan. "America's Famous Serial Killers!" Directory Journal. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.
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Perspective." Science Omega. N.p., 5 Mar. 2013. Web. 8 Aug. 2013.
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Interview with Dr. Schoenrade
Do you believe that it is "normal" to have a fascination with such morbid things, such as serial killers?

" No, I do not think it normal (either in the sense of a numerical majority or in the sense of an adaptive train of thought). I do, however, think
it's becoming more acceptable, and moving toward 'normal.'

"
Interview with Dr. Schoenrade
" . . . from what my students report, it's my sense that we are developing an increasing interest in the inclusion (in entertainment) of violence, horror, and behaviors once considered too private . . . "
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Killer and the Uses of Gratuitous Violence in Popular Narrative."
College Literature: n. pag. Ebsco Host. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.


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Katy Perry. Dark Horse. EMI, 2013. CD.
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Perspective." WIRED. Ed. Laura Hudson. Conde Nast, 27 July 2012. Web. 8
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Threat." USA Today: n. pag. USA Today. Web. 12 Aug. 2013.
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