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This chapter uses the literature on victims to examine the impact of the Moors Murders on the victims. The victims of serial killers are marginalised in the accounts of the crimes. They are often presented as minor characters in the main drama that is the exploration of the motivations and psychology of the killer. One of the aspects of serial killing that sets it apart from other types of murder is the lack of a previous relationship between the killers and their victims. The victims are a means to an end—the satisfaction of the desires of the killer. The result is that in true crime accounts we often find out little if anything about the victims and their families.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health and SocietyUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Social Care and Social WorkManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Health Care StudiesManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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