Perpetrators of Serial Murder from the Criminological Perspective: The Conditioning of Criminals, Motives for Their Actions, Typology
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In criminology, as with the majority of social and behavioral sciences, academics have gone to great lengths to establish typologies and taxonomies that help understand certain behaviors. It is said that the twentieth century is the century of specialization—which if true, certainly also applies to serial killers. Every serial killer can be classified into a certain category according to the characteristics of their activity, and it is rare for a single offender to evade such characterization. Categorization is particularly important in police inquiries, as it helps identify the likely characteristics of the suspect’s criminal profile during the investigation stage. Serial murders constitute a particular category of general murder, as they are always driven by the perpetrator’s specific motive.