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19 June 11

Robert Hansen

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SERIAL KILLER HUNTED HIS VICTIMS LIKE WILD GAME:

Robert C. Hansen (b. February 15, 1939, in Estherville, Iowa) is an serial killer who flew his victims into the Alaskan wilderness and hunted them down like wild game.

Robert Christian Hansen, who as a child was small and sickly with perpetual acne and a severe stutter, spent much of his early life as a loner and a target for bullying from his peers and his strict, domineering father.  He married in 1960.  On December 7 of that year, he was arrested for burning down a local school bus garage, a crime for which he served 20 months in prison.  His wife divorced him while he was incarcerated.  Over the next few years, he was jailed several more times for petty theft, and drifted through a series of menial jobs.  In 1967, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, seeking a fresh start with his second wife, whom he had married in 1963.

While he was well-liked by his neighbors and was famed as a local hunting champion, his life eventually fell into disarray again; in 1977, he was imprisoned for theft, diagnosed with bipolar-affective disorder, and prescribed lithium to control his mood swings.  He was never officially ordered to take the medication, however, and was released from prison after serving a year.  By now the father of two children, Hansen opened a bakery after his release.

He began killing prostitutes around 1980; he would pay them for sex and kidnap and rape them once they were in his power.  He would then fly them out to his cabin in the Knik River Valley in his private plane, and stalk and kill them with a hunting knife and a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle.

On June 13, 1983, one of his victims escaped, and told the Anchorage police what he had done to her. Hansen denied the accusations — notably saying that “you can’t rape a prostitute and was not initially considered a serious suspect.  Local police contacted the FBI and requested help after another body was found, and famed profiler John Douglas was brought in to assist the investigation.

Douglas theorized that the killer would be an experienced hunter with low self-esteem and a history of being rejected by women, and would feel compelled to keep “souvenirs” of his murders, such as a victim’s jewelry or even body parts.  He came to suspect Hansen upon learning of Hansen’s hunting skill and socially isolated childhood.  Police searched Hansen’s house on October 27, 1983, and found jewelry belonging to the victims, newspaper clippings about the murders, and an array of firearms — including a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle.

He was arrested and, days later, charged with assault, kidnapping, weapons offenses, theft and insurance fraud. When ballistics tests returned matching bullets found at the crime scenes to Hansen’s rifle, he entered into a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to the four homicides the police knew about and provided details about his other victims in return for serving his sentence in a federal prison.

He then showed investigators 15 gravesites in the Knik River Valley, 12 of which police were unaware of. He was then sentenced to 461 years in prison plus life.

Upon conviction, Hansen was first sent to the maximum security prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  In 1988, still in custody, he was returned to Alaska.  He was one of the first to be incarcerated at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility in Seward, where he remains to this day.

Posted: 3:11 PM
charlesmansonatwar:

“I don’t think like you people. You people put importance on your lives.  Well, my life has never been important to anyone, not even in the understanding of the way you fear the things that you fear, and the things you do.  I know that the only person I can judge is me.  I judge what I have done and I judge what I do and I look and live with myself every day.”
— Charles Manson, November 19, 1970
(Quote Source: Trial Testimony)

charlesmansonatwar:

“I don’t think like you people. You people put importance on your lives. Well, my life has never been important to anyone, not even in the understanding of the way you fear the things that you fear, and the things you do. I know that the only person I can judge is me. I judge what I have done and I judge what I do and I look and live with myself every day.”

— Charles Manson, November 19, 1970

  • (Quote Source: Trial Testimony)

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Posted: 3:09 PM

Strange Unsolved Murders!

Amber Hagerman

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Unsolved murders are disturbing enough, but the thought that there is a child killer still roaming free has to be one of the worst realities that can be thrust upon the members of a community. Amber Hagerman was a beautiful little 10 year old girl from Arlington, Texas. On January 13,1996 a young playmate was able to provide to police a description of the man who quickly and forcibly pushed Amber into his black van and sped away. A search for the van was immediately organized, but it was four days before her little body was found. A man walking his dog found Amber’s body in a creek bed. Her throat was cut, but not until two days after her abduction.

In 2007 Terapon Adhahn, of Tacoma, Washington was arrested in connection to a series of child abduction rapes in the Washington state area, and he is the only suspect to date for the murder of Amber, although no charges for her murder have been able to be served. There is still a $75,000 reward offered for information that might lead to her killer.

Amber leaves behind a legacy. The Amber Alert is a public notification system adopted in the U.S. as a quick response effort to help expedite the safety and return of missing or kidnapped children. In April 2003, President George W. Bush signed the AMBER Alert legislation, making it a national program. Other legislation generated by Amber’s murder has since resulted in a national sex offender registry, and both of Amber’s parents were present when Bill Clinton signed the bill into law.


 

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25 April 11

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24 April 11

Gustavo Adolfo, whose full name unfortunately cannot be published under Salvadoran law because he is a minor, was originally charged with 17 counts of murder. As there was little evidence in 10 of the cases the judge threw them out. But Adolfo wasn’t so lucky in the other cases as he was convicted of killing seven people. 

Amazingly he was only sentenced to seven years in prison — the maximum sentence for a minor for any crime. With good behaviour, he could be released in half that. Not surprisingly the case has prompted a nationwide movement that is trying to change those limits. 

Gustavo Adolfo says he’s innocent (surprise, surprise), and that he is being persecuted because of fashion, not evidence. “My hands haven’t killed,” he said at a news conference before being sentenced. “The judge doubted me because of my tattoos, my clothes. Nobody believes in me.” 

Despite the massive amount of violence in El Salvador (more people are being killed per week than during the Civil War) this kid and his crimes have shocked the nation, so much so that when he briefly escaped from jail earlier this year it caused dozens to flee their home towns with the fear that he may be coming. His escape also prompted the president to propose eliminating some protections for juvenile criminals. 

"It says a lot about how things aren’t right in our country,”
President Armando Calderon Sol states the obvious. 

"Gustavo Adolfo is in a way the painful face of the society that we have created,”
Some amazing insight from Auxiliary archbishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chavez. 

Some Background and Interesting Information

Gustavo Adolfo, whom relatives call “Tavo,” grew up in a poor neighbourhood of San Miguel, 85 miles east of El Salvador’s capital. 

In the middle of fourth grade, Tavo’s mother pulled him out of school because he was suffering beatings at the hands of other students every day. He took a job at a bakery, working mornings and spending afternoons playing soccer in the streets with a ball of wadded rags. 

At age 13, he says he entered the world of gangs, many of which are led by former U.S. gang members deported to El Salvador. 

Prosecutors are barred by law from discussing the case publicly, but two spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. They told of a teenager forced to become ever more violent to impress his peers, and whose brutality helped him become a leader of his gang. 

It is very rare that a murderer makes it to the front pages in El Salvador, but prosecutors say Gustavo Adolfo distinguished himself with his brutality. 

His first murder, they say — and one of those for which he was convicted — was of a young woman he was dating. He was 14, and she had turned down his sexual advances. 

According to the prosecutors, Gustavo Adolfo kidnapped her and took her to a hideout, where he raped her, cut off her breasts and threw her - still alive - into a well, where he left her to die. The prosecutors said other gang members corroborated the story. 

Prosecutors would not provide details of the six other killings, except to say that several involved rapes. 

Gustavo Adolfo’s mother, Dora Alicia Morales, said her son couldn’t have committed such crimes. She conceded that he had joined the Salvatrucha gang — she said it was because he liked wearing the baggy jeans — but said he could never have raped anyone. 

"Girls always come looking for him,” she told The Associated Press. "My son is not a monster. Everyone is accusing him without knowing him.” 

Adolfo made headlines again earlier this month (May, 1999) when he and members of his gang clubbed a guard at a temporary prison, and escaped. About 20 families fled his mothers neighbourhood in fear of him visiting. 

Luckily for them they were able to return after Gustavo Adolfo was recaptured while holding up a city bus.

Posted: 3:43 PM
ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Psychological Stages of Serial Killing
Joel Norris, a renowned psychologist who interviewed and studied over 500 serial killers identified and expounded on the  various psychological phases that the serial killer experiences. They  include:
 The Aura Phase: Though he hasn’t actually killed anyone yet, he  withdraws from any real social contact other than obligatory  interactions. Alcohol or drugs may be used to heighten his fantasy life  that intensifies for weeks or even years.
 Trolling Phase:  Having made a decision to act on his fantasies, he  begins to look for an easy victim usually in his comfort zone area. He  plans the method of attack and peruses potential dump sites.
 Wooing Phase: Usually reserved for the organized killer who is adept  at social skills, he uses them to gain a potential victim’s trust in  order to lure them to their fate with him.
 Capture Phase: This is the killer’s most treasured moment where he  is in total control. The once charming veneer unravels, a door is sealed  shut, and the victim is helpless.
 Murder Phase:  An organized killer will savor the time with the  victim to act out his fantasy almost in slow motion. He usually rapes  and tortures her while she’s still alive and will keep her alive to  extend his enjoyment of it as long as he can safely do so. A  disorganized killer kills the person in haste, raping and disfiguring  them after the murder.
 Totem Phase:  The excitement of the kill wanes and an invasion of a  sense of disappointment may lead to the stealing of body parts, etc. as  trophies to help him rekindle the thrill.
 Depression Phase:  The realization sets in that the actual killing  didn’t live up to the imagined fantasy leading him to feel unfulfilled.  With each new kill he tries to re-enact the perfect replica of the  fantasy which can never be as powerful as he had imagined.  This pattern  leads to an addiction to kill.
These phases explain the progression from fantasy  to the compulsive need for re-enactment. Because there is never a  satisfactory conclusion for him, he will continue to kill and the cycle  usually doesn’t end until he is caught or dies.

ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Psychological Stages of Serial Killing

Joel Norris, a renowned psychologist who interviewed and studied over 500 serial killers identified and expounded on the various psychological phases that the serial killer experiences. They include:

  1. The Aura Phase: Though he hasn’t actually killed anyone yet, he withdraws from any real social contact other than obligatory interactions. Alcohol or drugs may be used to heighten his fantasy life that intensifies for weeks or even years.
  2. Trolling Phase:  Having made a decision to act on his fantasies, he begins to look for an easy victim usually in his comfort zone area. He plans the method of attack and peruses potential dump sites.
  3. Wooing Phase: Usually reserved for the organized killer who is adept at social skills, he uses them to gain a potential victim’s trust in order to lure them to their fate with him.
  4. Capture Phase: This is the killer’s most treasured moment where he is in total control. The once charming veneer unravels, a door is sealed shut, and the victim is helpless.
  5. Murder Phase:  An organized killer will savor the time with the victim to act out his fantasy almost in slow motion. He usually rapes and tortures her while she’s still alive and will keep her alive to extend his enjoyment of it as long as he can safely do so. A disorganized killer kills the person in haste, raping and disfiguring them after the murder.
  6. Totem Phase:  The excitement of the kill wanes and an invasion of a sense of disappointment may lead to the stealing of body parts, etc. as trophies to help him rekindle the thrill.
  7. Depression Phase:  The realization sets in that the actual killing didn’t live up to the imagined fantasy leading him to feel unfulfilled. With each new kill he tries to re-enact the perfect replica of the fantasy which can never be as powerful as he had imagined.  This pattern leads to an addiction to kill.

These phases explain the progression from fantasy to the compulsive need for re-enactment. Because there is never a satisfactory conclusion for him, he will continue to kill and the cycle usually doesn’t end until he is caught or dies.

Reblogged: ramirez-dahmer-bundy

1 April 11
the-night-stalker:

Paul Knowles
A Florida native, born in 1946, Knowles logged his first arrest at age 19, spending roughly six months of each year thereafter in jail, on various convictions for burglary and auto theft. He was serving time in Raiford when he began corresponding with California divorcee Angela Covic, and she visited the prison long enough to accept his proposal of marriage, shelling out money for lawyers to win his release. Parole came through in May 1974, and Knowles flew directly to San Francisco for the nuptials, but Covic had changed her mind, warned off by a psychic who foresaw the entry of a new, dangerous man in her life. The night she dumped him, Knowles allegedly went out and killed three people on the streets of San Francisco, but his claim has not been verified. 
Back home in Jacksonville, Knowles was jailed after a bar fight, but he picked a lock and escaped on July 26, 1974. That night, he invaded the home of 65-year-old Alice Curtis, leaving her bound and gagged as he ransacked her house for money, finally taking off in her car. She choked to death on the gag, but Knowles hung around town for a few days, using her vehicle, until police connected him with the crime and his picture began turning up on TV. Preparing to drop the hot car on a quiet residential street, he spied 11-year-old Lillian Anderson and her seven-year-old sister Mylette, recognizing them as friends of his mother. Convinced the girls had seen him and would notify police, he kidnapped both of them and dumped their strangled bodies in a swamp outside of town. 
The next day, in Atlantic Beach, Florida, Knowles broke into the home of Marjorie Howe, strangling her with a nylon stocking and stealing her television set. His next victim was a teenage “Jane Doe” hitchhiker, raped and strangled for sport as he drifted aimlessly, working his way north. On August 23, he invaded the home of Kathie Pierce, at Musella, strangling her with a telephone cord while her three-year-old son looked on, leaving the child unharmed. 
On September 3, Knowles met businessman William Bates at a tavern in Lima, Ohio, sharing a few drinks before he strangled Bates and dumped his body in some nearby woods, where it would be discovered in October. Stealing money, credit cards, and Bates’s car, Knowles made his way to Sacramento, back through Utah, pausing at Ely, Nevada, long enough to murder campers Emmett and Lois Johnson on September 18. 
Three days later, passing through Sequin, Texas, he spotted a female motorist stranded at roadside and stopped “to help,” raping her before he strangled her to death and dragged her body through a tangled barbed wire fence. On September 23, he met beautician Ann Dawson in Birmingham and instantly caught her fancy; they traveled together, at her expense, until Knowles tired of the game and killed her September 29. Her body has never been found. 
Knowles drifted on through Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota, apparently keeping his nose clean, leaving no bodies behind. By October 19, he needed a “fix,” and he found it in Woodford, Virginia, barging into the home of 53-year-old Doris Hovey, shooting her dead with her own husband’s rifle, then wiping his prints from the gun and placing it beside her body. Afterward, police would find no signs of sex or robbery to offer them a motive in the case. 
Still driving Bates’s stolen car, Knowles picked up two hitchers in Key West, planning to kill them both, but his scheme went awry when a policeman stopped him for traffic violations. The careless officer let Knowles go with a warning, but the experience had shaken him. Dropping his passengers off in Miami, Knowles phoned his lawyer for advice. Rejecting a suggestion of surrender, he met the attorney long enough to hand over a taped confession, then slipped out of town before police were informed of his presence. 
On November 6, in Macon, Georgia, Knowles befriended Carswell Carr and was invited home to spend the night. Over drinks, he stabbed Carr to death and then strangled Carr’s 15-year-old daughter, failing in his attempt to have sex with her corpse. In the wake of his flight from Macon, Knowles was also suspected in the November 2 murder of hitchhiker Edward Hilliard, found in some nearby woods, and his companion Debbie Griffin (still, among the missing). 
Bar-hopping in Atlanta on November 8, Knowles met British journalist Sandy Fawkes, impressing her with his “gaunt good looks.” They spent the night together, Knowles unable to perform in bed, and he failed repeatedly at sex over the next two days, suggesting possible impotence with a willing companion. They separated on November 10, but Knowles picked up one of Sandy’s friends, Susan MacKenzie, the next day, demanding sex at gunpoint. She escaped and notified police, but when patrolmen tried to stop him, Knowles brandished a sawed-off shotgun and made his escape. 
In West Palm Beach, he invaded the home of invalid Beverly Mabee, abducting her sister and stealing their car, dropping his hostage off in Fort Pierce, Florida, the following night. A police officer recognized the stolen car next morning and pulled Knowles over, but Knowles was faster on the draw. Taking the officer hostage, he drove away in the patrol car, using its siren to stop motorist James Meyer, switching cars a second time. Burdened with two prisoners now, Knowles handcuffed both men to a tree in Pulaski County, Georgia, and shot each one in the head at close range. A short time later, Knowles tried to crash through a police roadblock, losing control of his car and smashing into a tree. A chaotic foot chase ensued, with Knowles pursued by dogs and helicopters, finally cornered by an armed civilian on November 17. In custody, he claimed 35 murders, but only 18 could be verified. On November 18, while being transferred to maximum security, Knowles made a grab for the sheriff’s revolver, and FBI agent Ron Angel shot him dead in his tracks. 

the-night-stalker:

Paul Knowles

A Florida native, born in 1946, Knowles logged his first arrest at age 19, spending roughly six months of each year thereafter in jail, on various convictions for burglary and auto theft. He was serving time in Raiford when he began corresponding with California divorcee Angela Covic, and she visited the prison long enough to accept his proposal of marriage, shelling out money for lawyers to win his release. Parole came through in May 1974, and Knowles flew directly to San Francisco for the nuptials, but Covic had changed her mind, warned off by a psychic who foresaw the entry of a new, dangerous man in her life. The night she dumped him, Knowles allegedly went out and killed three people on the streets of San Francisco, but his claim has not been verified. 

Back home in Jacksonville, Knowles was jailed after a bar fight, but he picked a lock and escaped on July 26, 1974. That night, he invaded the home of 65-year-old Alice Curtis, leaving her bound and gagged as he ransacked her house for money, finally taking off in her car. She choked to death on the gag, but Knowles hung around town for a few days, using her vehicle, until police connected him with the crime and his picture began turning up on TV. Preparing to drop the hot car on a quiet residential street, he spied 11-year-old Lillian Anderson and her seven-year-old sister Mylette, recognizing them as friends of his mother. Convinced the girls had seen him and would notify police, he kidnapped both of them and dumped their strangled bodies in a swamp outside of town. 

The next day, in Atlantic Beach, Florida, Knowles broke into the home of Marjorie Howe, strangling her with a nylon stocking and stealing her television set. His next victim was a teenage “Jane Doe” hitchhiker, raped and strangled for sport as he drifted aimlessly, working his way north. On August 23, he invaded the home of Kathie Pierce, at Musella, strangling her with a telephone cord while her three-year-old son looked on, leaving the child unharmed. 

On September 3, Knowles met businessman William Bates at a tavern in Lima, Ohio, sharing a few drinks before he strangled Bates and dumped his body in some nearby woods, where it would be discovered in October. Stealing money, credit cards, and Bates’s car, Knowles made his way to Sacramento, back through Utah, pausing at Ely, Nevada, long enough to murder campers Emmett and Lois Johnson on September 18. 

Three days later, passing through Sequin, Texas, he spotted a female motorist stranded at roadside and stopped “to help,” raping her before he strangled her to death and dragged her body through a tangled barbed wire fence. On September 23, he met beautician Ann Dawson in Birmingham and instantly caught her fancy; they traveled together, at her expense, until Knowles tired of the game and killed her September 29. Her body has never been found. 

Knowles drifted on through Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota, apparently keeping his nose clean, leaving no bodies behind. By October 19, he needed a “fix,” and he found it in Woodford, Virginia, barging into the home of 53-year-old Doris Hovey, shooting her dead with her own husband’s rifle, then wiping his prints from the gun and placing it beside her body. Afterward, police would find no signs of sex or robbery to offer them a motive in the case. 

Still driving Bates’s stolen car, Knowles picked up two hitchers in Key West, planning to kill them both, but his scheme went awry when a policeman stopped him for traffic violations. The careless officer let Knowles go with a warning, but the experience had shaken him. Dropping his passengers off in Miami, Knowles phoned his lawyer for advice. Rejecting a suggestion of surrender, he met the attorney long enough to hand over a taped confession, then slipped out of town before police were informed of his presence. 

On November 6, in Macon, Georgia, Knowles befriended Carswell Carr and was invited home to spend the night. Over drinks, he stabbed Carr to death and then strangled Carr’s 15-year-old daughter, failing in his attempt to have sex with her corpse. In the wake of his flight from Macon, Knowles was also suspected in the November 2 murder of hitchhiker Edward Hilliard, found in some nearby woods, and his companion Debbie Griffin (still, among the missing). 

Bar-hopping in Atlanta on November 8, Knowles met British journalist Sandy Fawkes, impressing her with his “gaunt good looks.” They spent the night together, Knowles unable to perform in bed, and he failed repeatedly at sex over the next two days, suggesting possible impotence with a willing companion. They separated on November 10, but Knowles picked up one of Sandy’s friends, Susan MacKenzie, the next day, demanding sex at gunpoint. She escaped and notified police, but when patrolmen tried to stop him, Knowles brandished a sawed-off shotgun and made his escape. 

In West Palm Beach, he invaded the home of invalid Beverly Mabee, abducting her sister and stealing their car, dropping his hostage off in Fort Pierce, Florida, the following night. A police officer recognized the stolen car next morning and pulled Knowles over, but Knowles was faster on the draw. Taking the officer hostage, he drove away in the patrol car, using its siren to stop motorist James Meyer, switching cars a second time. Burdened with two prisoners now, Knowles handcuffed both men to a tree in Pulaski County, Georgia, and shot each one in the head at close range. A short time later, Knowles tried to crash through a police roadblock, losing control of his car and smashing into a tree. A chaotic foot chase ensued, with Knowles pursued by dogs and helicopters, finally cornered by an armed civilian on November 17. In custody, he claimed 35 murders, but only 18 could be verified. On November 18, while being transferred to maximum security, Knowles made a grab for the sheriff’s revolver, and FBI agent Ron Angel shot him dead in his tracks. 

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Posted: 12:41 PM
ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Serial killer statistics -

The USA has 76% of the worlds serial     killers.


Europe in second, has 17%.  England has produced 28% of the European total; Germany produces 27%, and     France produces 13%.

California leads in the US with the most     Serial Homicide cases that have occured.  Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida     follow shortly behind.
Maine has the lowest occurence of serial     murders - none.  Hawaii, Montana, Nakota, Delaware, and Vermont each have     had only one case of a serial murder.

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.
Out of all the killers, 86% are heterosexual.

ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Serial killer statistics -

  • The USA has 76% of the worlds serial killers.

  • Europe in second, has 17%.  England has produced 28% of the European total; Germany produces 27%, and France produces 13%.

  • California leads in the US with the most Serial Homicide cases that have occured.  Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida follow shortly behind.
  • Maine has the lowest occurence of serial murders - none.  Hawaii, Montana, Nakota, Delaware, and Vermont each have had only one case of a serial murder.
  • 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.
  • Out of all the killers, 86% are heterosexual.

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Posted: 12:35 PM
HA haha. 

HA haha. 

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Reblogged: ramirez-dahmer-bundy

Posted: 12:24 PM
ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Mobility of Serial Killers
These are the classifications for the stable killer and the transient killer.
The Stable Killer (eg. Gacy, Dahmer) - 

Lives and works in one location for an     extended period.


Hunts and kills within the local area.


Disposes of bodies in the same or similar     areas.


Disposal site selected for concealment.


May return to the crime scene or burial     site.


Seldom travels, but when forced to travel it     is usually for business, family visits, or personal recreation.

The Transient Killer (eg. Bundy, Lucas) - 

Seldom stays in one spot more than a few     weeks.


Kills are spread out over a large area.


Disposes of bodies in random locations.


Disposal site selected for convenience.


Seldom returns to the region of the crime.


Travels continuously either for pleasure, to     confuse law enforcement, or for new hunting grounds.

The last few decades of serial killers has brought the FBI to classify serial killers in different ways.  This is based on motive, mobility, organization etc.  The transient killer is one like Ted Bundy, travelling around the country seeking new victims and trying to escape suspicion from law enforcement; or the life of a transient serial killer may be one of travelling for work, much like Peter Sutcliffe who had been driving his lorry all around Northern England.  But when there is usually a transient serial killer, police tend to trace the path of victims in different places, this then brings the suspect who has been in both places at the top of the suspect list.  Police knew they were onto something when Ted Bundy had been in Seattle, where a few girls had disappeared, and Utah, where some more girls disappeared just coincidentally on his arrival.  Also with the Transient killer travels the news headlines and an increased danger of detection, especially for the disorganized serial killers who don’t usually bother to hide the victim from discovery(organized killers are harder to detect because they may hide their victims).
Then there is the stable killer, who operates in one area.  Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Dean Corll, Dennis Nilsen, to name a few, were all stable killers.  Their   victims were taken to a place known to the killer, they were killed and then the killer had to hide or destroy the body.  Stable killers will often have a victim disposal site, like Gacy’s basement or Dean Corll’s rented shed, at this site they will put all the bodies of their victims.  Their disposal sites may vary, some have needed more because they may have filled them up; their sites may be owned by them or just a place that is well known to the killer(Gacy dumped five boys in his local river when his basement was filled up).  A victim disposal site is an organized trait where the killer does not want to be detected, and usually the society may not be aware of an organized stable serial killer because there have been no discovered victims(the victims are attributed to disappearances which may have not been noticed depending on victim type).  Other stable killers, like Dahmer, just destroy their victims bodies(may have no access or it may be hard for them to get to a disposal site) and may keep body parts in their residence for trophies(this is a mixed organization trait).  Then there is also the other type of stable serial killers, who do not have disposal sites, like DeSalvo, Jack the Ripper, Berkowitz, etc.  These killers make themselves noticed by making attacks in public places, leaving their signatures, or not attempting to hide their victims bodies.  They are stable because they do stay in the one main place where they kill their victims, but because they have no disposal site they may be disorganized or it may be that some of the organized killers can’t be bothered moving their victims bodies.  The stable serial killer without a disposal site usually brings on heavy law enforcement, public panic, and a media frenzy.

ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Mobility of Serial Killers

These are the classifications for the stable killer and the transient killer.

The Stable Killer (eg. Gacy, Dahmer) -

  • Lives and works in one location for an extended period.

  • Hunts and kills within the local area.

  • Disposes of bodies in the same or similar areas.

  • Disposal site selected for concealment.

  • May return to the crime scene or burial site.

  • Seldom travels, but when forced to travel it is usually for business, family visits, or personal recreation.

The Transient Killer (eg. Bundy, Lucas) -

  • Seldom stays in one spot more than a few weeks.

  • Kills are spread out over a large area.

  • Disposes of bodies in random locations.

  • Disposal site selected for convenience.

  • Seldom returns to the region of the crime.

  • Travels continuously either for pleasure, to confuse law enforcement, or for new hunting grounds.

The last few decades of serial killers has brought the FBI to classify serial killers in different ways.  This is based on motive, mobility, organization etc.  The transient killer is one like Ted Bundy, travelling around the country seeking new victims and trying to escape suspicion from law enforcement; or the life of a transient serial killer may be one of travelling for work, much like Peter Sutcliffe who had been driving his lorry all around Northern England.  But when there is usually a transient serial killer, police tend to trace the path of victims in different places, this then brings the suspect who has been in both places at the top of the suspect list.  Police knew they were onto something when Ted Bundy had been in Seattle, where a few girls had disappeared, and Utah, where some more girls disappeared just coincidentally on his arrival.  Also with the Transient killer travels the news headlines and an increased danger of detection, especially for the disorganized serial killers who don’t usually bother to hide the victim from discovery(organized killers are harder to detect because they may hide their victims).

Then there is the stable killer, who operates in one area.  Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Dean Corll, Dennis Nilsen, to name a few, were all stable killers.  Their   victims were taken to a place known to the killer, they were killed and then the killer had to hide or destroy the body.  Stable killers will often have a victim disposal site, like Gacy’s basement or Dean Corll’s rented shed, at this site they will put all the bodies of their victims.  Their disposal sites may vary, some have needed more because they may have filled them up; their sites may be owned by them or just a place that is well known to the killer(Gacy dumped five boys in his local river when his basement was filled up).  A victim disposal site is an organized trait where the killer does not want to be detected, and usually the society may not be aware of an organized stable serial killer because there have been no discovered victims(the victims are attributed to disappearances which may have not been noticed depending on victim type).  Other stable killers, like Dahmer, just destroy their victims bodies(may have no access or it may be hard for them to get to a disposal site) and may keep body parts in their residence for trophies(this is a mixed organization trait).  Then there is also the other type of stable serial killers, who do not have disposal sites, like DeSalvo, Jack the Ripper, Berkowitz, etc.  These killers make themselves noticed by making attacks in public places, leaving their signatures, or not attempting to hide their victims bodies.  They are stable because they do stay in the one main place where they kill their victims, but because they have no disposal site they may be disorganized or it may be that some of the organized killers can’t be bothered moving their victims bodies.  The stable serial killer without a disposal site usually brings on heavy law enforcement, public panic, and a media frenzy.

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