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FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS

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Transcript of FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS


Sophia Pierre-Charles
FEMALE SER
AL KILLERS
Presentation Overview
General Info on Serial Murders
Definition
Trends
Statistics
Facts
Theories
Female Serial Killers
Facts/Statistics
Profile
Difference Between Men & Women Serial Killers
Motives/ Types
Famous Female Serial Killers


Definition
A serial killer is traditionally defined as a person who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time (a "cooling off period") between the murders.

Robert Ressler, the founder and former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's acclaimed Violent Criminal Apprehension Program

Definition Continued. . .
Do Female Serial Killers Exist?
Statistics on Serial Murders

Only account for 4.4% of all homicides as of 2005

The USA has 76% of the worlds serial killers


84% of American killers are Caucasian


16% are black


Men make up at least 90% of the world wide total of serial killers

65% of victims are female


89% of victims are white


44% of all killers start in their twenties


26% start in their teens


24% start in their thirties

THEORIES:

Social Control Theory

Labeling Theory

Neutralization Theory

Fractured Identity Syndrome



Facts
Motives & Types
Kelleher and Kelleher (1998)
Black Widow
Angel of Death
Sexual Predators
Revenge Killers
Profit Killers
Team Killers

Beverley Allitt
Angel of Death
Martha Wise
Revenge Killer
Gwendolyn Graham & Catherine May Wood
Team Killers
Judias V. "Judy" Buenoano
Black Widow
Dorothea Puente
Profit Killer
Ailenn Wuornos
Sexual Predator
Yes & No. . . Depending on who you ask.
Account for 8% of all serial killers

95% white

Average age of 30

Exhibit warning signs: common behavioral traits

Fundamental motive- profit

Commonly used method- poison (80%)

Target vulnerable victims: kids, elderly, spouses

Recorded length of female activity is about 6 to 8 years


Profile Of A Female Serial Killer
Acting Alone:

Mature
Careful
Deliberate
Highly Organized
Attacks victims at home/
place of work
Tends to favor a specific weapon
Acting in a Partnership:

Tends to be younger
Aggressive
Vicious in attacks
Sometimes disorganized
Usually does not plan carefully
Weapon of choice: guns, knives, or torture
Difference Between Men & Women Serial Killers
Difference Between Male and Female
Serial Killers

Childhood

Abuse

Victims

Execution of Murders

Demeanor

Motives
Goffman, 1961& Hickey, 1991


References

Arrigo, Bruce A. and Ayanna Griffin. 2004. Serial Murder and the Case of Aileen Wuornos: Attachment Theory, Psychopathy, and Predatory Aggression.
Behavioral Sciences and Law
, Vol 22, 375-393.

Berrington, Eileen and Paivi Honkatukia. 2002. An Evil Monster and a Poor Thing: Female Violence in the Media.
Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
, Vol. 3, 50-72.

Goffman, Erving. 1991. Stigma and Social Identity. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, 56-75.

Heide, Kathleen and Belea T. Keeney. 1994. Gender Differences in Serial Murderers: A Preliminary Analysis.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence,
Vol. 9, No. 3, (September): 383-398.

Hickey.E. 2011. Female Serial Murderers: Directions for Future Research on a Hidden Population International
Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminolog
y. 55: 27-42

Kelleher. M., Kelleher. C.L (1999) . Murder Most Rare.
Dell Publishing
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