When profiling a serial killer, detectives first place their unidentified subject into one of two categories: Organized or disorganized. The disorganized killer is much more common than their cool, calm and collected counterparts, and are often the inspiration for horror movies due to the gruesome nature of their crimes.
Further investigation into this area of criminology suggests that many killer overlap into the categories. For example, Jeffrey Dahmer possessed many of the characteristics associated with a disorganized murderer; He was socially awkward, depersonalized his victims, and lived alone for the greater part of his life. Yet again, he had a stable family, and made a good attempt to conceal the crime scenes. Below are some of the more common traits of a disorganized offender.
- Killer leaves a chaotic and sloppy crime scene
- Notable substance abuse
- Will usually stab or “butcher” their victims
- Won’t follow the media’s interest in their crimes.
- Paranoid about getting caught
- Has poor hygiene
- Very secretive habits. Often nocturnal ones.
- Typically won’t transport the body to another place
- Is a highschool dropout