The male serial murder

The Male Serial Murderer Whereas the issue of serial murders has increased, many scholars have sought to understand the dynamics of serial murderers in search for a lasting solution to this menace. Chapter seven on “ The Male Serial Murderer” argues that male serial murderers in U. S are on the rise for the past several decades (Hickey, 2012). It argues that male serial murderers have become part of the social fabric. The chapter then continues to explore the different dynamics and perspectives of male serial murderers. In the argument, the chapter differentiates between the myths and facts about serial murderers, distribution, explores African American serial killers, among other aspects of serial killers. The chapter posits that the dynamics of serial killers can be well understood by looking at factors such as victimization, stalking, offender’s background, mobility, and serial killers disposition.
The chief findings of the author are diverse. Whereas the author seeks to explore the topic of serial killers in a broad category, he is still able to narrow down on few factors of consideration when exploring the dynamics of serial killers. The main finding is that serial killers can be categorized into different groups depending on factors such as victimization, stalking, offender’s background, mobility, and serial killers disposition. Each of these factors can be taken as a single variable and many conclusions be made about serial killers. Stalking has been discussed at length and has been divided into two main categories. According to the author, two main categories of stalking methodologies do exist, onsite and non-site stalking. It has been found out that cyberstalking has increased with time as technology advances. The most worrying issue is that internet, no matter how beneficial it is, has been a good source for information for serial killers as well as a good place to seek and identify potential victims.
The most interesting part of the chapter is the part talking about stalking. I found it overly interesting that serial killers have different stalking methods. Actually, modus operandi of some of the famous serial killers was characterized by unique methods of stalking. With the increased advancement in technology, serial killing has also changed correspondingly. Non-site stalking seems more interesting to me since it is technologically dependent. I wonder if any serial killer victim would realize any stalking activities especially considering the fact that we have become so free with use of internet based communication platforms. For instance, how would someone tell that a friend in Facebook is actually a stalking serial killer? It is arguably true that while it is quite possible to notice an onsite stalker, it is difficult to notice an offsite stalker. This has actually been made more difficult with internet anonymity.
Discussion Questions
Do advancement in technology act as an encouragement to serial killers?
Is it possible to use the advancement in technology to track the activities of serial killers?
How do serial killers use social sites such as Facebook to execute their missions?
What are some of the motivating factors that motivate serial killers to target total strangers as opposed to serial killers who target the people they already know?
Hickey, E. (2012). Serial Murderes and their Victims. London: Cengage Learning.