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Evaluating Differences in Serial Murderers on a Global Scale


Grace Kim


Scholars often analyze serial murderers from perspectives that exclude the sociological and/or environmental factors that often contribute to their motives for committing their crimes. This paper traces the cultural and societal differences that mold serial murderers in divergent cultures. Increasingly sociologists and researchers such as Eric Hickey have begun studying the factors that go beyond the common biological and psychological explanations that researchers often consider. Laurence Alison, Craig Bennell, Andrea Mokros, and David Ormerod have argued that offender profiling assumes that people who commit crimes in a similar style have similar background characteristics; this misconception has led to many studies that show the perpetrators’ motivations but exclude their characteristics, as they are understood as almost irrelevant (Fujita, 296). In order to stereotype serial murders in certain ways, many researchers base their judgments off of a distortion of the truth to fit their own cultural, historical, or religious beliefs. Hickey’s Serial Murderers and Their Victims (2015) helps clear up misconceptions about why serial killers are driven to commit monstrous acts through the review of numerous profiles of case studies of infamous serial murderers and deeply analyzing the specific characteristics of the aforementioned serial murderers.

How to Cite: Kim, G., 2018. Evaluating Differences in Serial Murderers on a Global Scale. Philologia, 10. DOI:
Published on 30 Apr 2018.
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