What Makes A Serial Killer?

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What makes a serial killer? Some people say it depends on the race. (See figure 4). Others say it has to do with a person’s upbringing. A known American serial killer named Jeffrey Dahmer, who was born May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Was Dahmer born with the genetic make-up of a serial killer already encoded into his DNA? Did the effect of his childhood turn him into this monster? I will define the term serial killer, according to the FBI. Also, I will go into detail as to what motivates a serial killer. Society thinks that someone that has a horrible upbringing, children who are molested or abused in some way, automatically turn into these monsters, but what happens with someone like Jeffrey Dahmer who had a seemingly normal childhood? What made Dahmer a dangerous guy and most importantly, what happened with the outcome of Dahmer’s trial? I will also cover his untimely demise on November 28, 1994 at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, when he was just thirty four years old. Keywords: serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, victims

There are so many different definitions of a serial killer now a days, but there are certain stipulations when defining a serial killer. The first would be the number of murders associated with a person. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigators, the definition of a serial killer is: (FBI, 2014), two or more killings that are committed by one person at separate events and…

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