serial killer profiling

  • Richard Ramirez about self-care.

During his interview with Mike Watkiss, Richard Ramirez said one of his infamous quote “I gave up on love and happiness a long time ago”, to which Mike asks him why. Richard never answered to this. In my opinion, this is finally the answer that he gave in the Inside Edition interview.

This confession coincides with what profiler John Douglas said about most serial killers “no matter how they look or come across, have really low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacies…”


Jim Clemente, retired FBI agent, talks about the psychology and profiling of serial killers, as well as Jon Benet Ramsey, and Jeffrey Dahmer. He also discusses the Jodi Arias case, the Long Island Serial Killer, and more. 

love this vid. plus i kinda want jim clemente’s career. he was a prosecutor, then worked in the behavioral analysis unit, and now he writes for criminal minds. 

Hannibal: A dark twisted love story about a serial killer and a criminal profiler. Features manipulation, gore, and emotional trauma.

Hannibal fandom: loveable and crazy. everyone ships hannigram. jokes about cannibalism. 

Killing Stalking: A dark horror story where a one-sided love goes wrong between a stalker and a serial killer.

KS fandom: antis everywhere. shaming posts. jokes are few and far between

Serial killer Ted Bundy’s personality disorder reflected an absence of deficiency in conscience, and at no time was there evidence to show that he felt any empathy or remorse for the injuries and death of his victims. However, Bundy did demonstrate his egocentricity and his capacity to do whatever he desired in meeting his own intrinsic psychological needs. He also demonstrated his ability to manipulate others with premeditation and ease. He was intelligent and articulate and would use these attributes to exploit others for his personal pleasure. He was also a pathological liar. 

He accepted no responsibility for his behaviour, and instead excused it as a product of society that failed to control the proliferation of pornography. While he tried his best to shift responsibility from himself he was fully in control of his faculties, and in fact utilised these attributes to meet his desires - and was subsequently held accountable for his behaviour. 


“He was probably the most efficient killing machine that we’ve seen amongst the serial killers we’ve studied. With his ability to articulate how he made certain choices, why he let certain people live and die, he’s become a standard by which other serial killers are measured.”

- FBI Profiler William Hagmaier on Ted Bundy, who he interviewed and studied while he was on death row.

Disorganised Serial Killers

According to research by the FBI disorganised serial killers have a number of statistically common traits that are taken into account when developing a criminal profile. Disorganised offenders tend to have the following characteristics:

  1. Below average intelligence
  2. Low birth-order status
  3. Socially immature
  4. High school drop-out
  5. Father often under- or unemployed
  6. Seldom dates
  7. Lives alone
  8. Has secret hiding places
  9. Nocturnal
  10. Lives/works near crime scene
  11. Engages in unskilled work
  12. Significant behavioural changes
  13. Low interest in media attention
  14. Limited alcohol consumption
  15. High anxiety during the crime.

When we sat down to talk, I was surprised to see how quick Jeff Dahmer opened up. I asked him about his feelings when all this [the murders] was happening and you know, was he really into this sort of thing. He said it was like he was operating in a mechanical fashion and it was as if he was looking down at himself and watching it occur. This is a clear indication of dissociation. Dissociation carried out to its end would be Multiple Personality Disorder. It was like there were two Jeffs. One was into the horror of it all and the other was standing back and watching. He said: A blanket would settle over me and I’d get this very horrible feeling of loss. His last victim told me that when he left, Jeffrey was in the bedroom, he was rocking and he was chanting and seemed to be in some sort of super state. When this young man came back, several hours later with the police, Jeffrey hadn’t budged he was doing the same thing.

- FBI Profiler Robert Ressler on Jeffrey Dahmer

American Horror Story Characters Based On Real People

Season 1: Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia - Mena Suvari guest-starred on the very first season of American Horror Story as Elizabeth Short, the woman who would become infamously known as The Black Dahlia. Though parts of her story were fabricated for the show, The Black Dahlia murder is very much real. Short was a 22-year-old aspiring actress who was brutally murdered in 1947. Her body was chopped in half, and her killer carved up the sides of her mouth, giving her what’s known as a “Glasgow smile.” Her murderer was never identified. 

Season 1: The Nurse Murders and the Richard Speck Case - One of the story lines from the first season revolves around a couple of nurses who are killed in the Murder House. Though the nurses on the show (played by guest stars Rosa Salazar and Celia Finkelstein) aren’t based on individuals, Ryan Murphy has said their murders are inspired by the Richard Speck massacre in 1966. Speck, a seaman from Texas, broke into a Chicago dorm filled with nurses and viciously tortured, raped, and killed eight of them in one night. The sequence in the show is light compared to what actually happened. 

Asylum: Kit and Alma Walker and Barney and Betty Hill - Remember Asylum’s Kit and Alma Walker? According to producers, they were inspired by a couple named Barney and Betty Hill, some of the first people to ever claim to have been abducted by aliens in 1961. Their experience was widely publicized and became a bestselling book called The Interrupted Journey and a 1975 TV movie The UFO Incident. Just like Kit and Alma, Barney and Betty were a mixed-race couple, an integral part of the story line on Asylum. 

Asylum: Anne Frank - Franka Potente starred on several episodes of Asylum as a mental patient who insists that she is Anne Frank, the 15-year-old girl who famously documented her horrific experience during the Holocaust before her death. It’s not conclusive whether or not Charlotte truly is Frank, but she does make a pretty compelling case. The American Horror Story character remains one of the most tragic and puzzling parts of the series to this day. 

Coven: Madame Delphine LaLaurie - A handful of main characters from Coven were based on real people, but none as chilling as Madame Delphine LaLaurie. Portrayed by Kathy Bates on the show, LaLarie was a prominent New Orleans socialite in the 1800s. She was discovered to have tortured and killed many of her slaves in her “Chamber of Horrors,” and her house is still said to be haunted. 

Coven: Papa Legba - Whether Papa Legba is “real” or not is up for interpretation, but the Coven character, played by guest star Lance Reddick, is based on a popular legend. In voodoo culture, he is the intermediary between the living and the dead. Papa Legba is both a good and bad figure, controlling who communicates between the worlds, and in American Horror Story’s case, sentencing some to live in their own personal hells. 

Coven: Marie Laveau - Angela Bassett came aboard Coven as Marie Laveau, the ancient voodoo queen of New Orleans. In reality, Laveau was a revered woman in the city between the 1820s and 1860s. She practiced black magic, and just as she is on the show, she was a hairdresser on the side. She was known for being a nurse and a healer, and people still visit her grave to see if she’ll grant them wishes. 

Coven: The Axeman of New Orleans - Danny Huston’s Coven character, The Axeman, was a real person - though we still don’t know his identity. Between 1818 and 1819, a series of murders were committed around the New Orleans area. The killer used axes or straight razors owned by the residents of the houses he broke into, and, as seen on the show, he even threatened to kill anyone not playing jazz music on one particular night. 

Freak Show: Pepper and Schlitze Surtees - One of the many Freak Show characters to have been inspired by a real person, Pepper (and her husband, Salty) was inspired by Schlitze Surtees. Known as Schlitzie the Pinhead, he was an early 1990s sideshow performer with microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes an unusually small brain and skull. He had the cognisance of a 3-year-old and could only speak in single-syllable words. He is mostly known now because of his part in the 1932 film Freaks. 

Freak Show: Edward Mordrake - Wes Bentley appears int he two-part Halloween episode of Freak Show as Edward Mordrake, a man with an evil face on the back of his head. Mordrake was a real person who lived in the 1800s. According to books, he had an unusual deformity: a small face on the back of his head. Mordrake committed suicide at 23, and unlike on the show, he probably doesn’t go around to freak shows on Halloween, killing its performers. 

Freak Show: Jimmy Darling and Grady Franklin Stiles, Jr - Though many performers with ectrodactyly, aka Lobster Claw Syndrome, were prevalent throughout freak-show history, Grady Franklin Stiles, Jr. is clearly a large influence for Jimmy Darling. Born in Pittsburgh in 1937, Stiles was part of a whole family of people who had the condition. He was forced to become a sideshow act at a young age and became an abusive alcoholic - which seems to be the direction Jimmy is headed. He murdered his daughter’s fiancé in 1978, and then Grady himself was gunned down by a neighbor in 1993. 

Freak Show: Twisty the Clown and John Wayne Gacy - There have been a lot of clown killers throughout history, but none as infamous as John Wayne Gacy. At heart, Twisty the Clown is just an extremely confused and misguided murderer, but Gacy was cold-blooded. His stage name was Pogo the Clown, and between 1972 and 1978, he raped and killed at least 33 young men. He died by lethal injection in 1994, leaving behind a series of haunting self portraits. 

Freak Show: Dot and Bette Tattler and Violet and Daisy Hilton - Though conjoined twins Dot and Bette are quite unique, they’re probably based on a pair of sisters by the name of Violet and Daisy Hilton. Born in England in 1908, the twins were fused at the pelvis. They came to San Francisco in 1915, and by the ‘20s, they were successfully performing in vaudeville shows alongside Charlie Chaplin. Following success on stage, their professional lives took a downturn, and they eventually ended up working at a grocery store. Their lives are the subject of a documentary called Bound by Flesh: The Story of Violet and Daisy Hilton. 

Hotel: Mr. March and H.H. Holmes - H.H. Holmes is often referred to as America’s first serial killer. He was profiled in the bestseller The Devil in the White City, which tells of Holmes’s technique of hiding his victims in the walls of the building he was constructing. While Mr. March isn’t a direct portrayal, he’s certainly inspired by the killer. 

Hotel: Aileen Wuornos - Series veteran Lily Rabe guest starred as Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer who was portrayed by Charlize Theron in the 2003 drama Monster. Wuornos killed seven men while working as a prostitute between 1989 and 1990. She was convicted and later executed by lethal injection in 2002. 

Hotel: Richard Ramirez - Also known as the Night Stalker, Ramirez (played by Anthony Ruivivar) went on a two-year rampage in California in the ‘80s. He killed at least 13 people and tortured many more. 

Hotel: Jeffrey Dahmer - Seth Gabel played the notorious Jeffrey Dahmer for the “Devil’s Night” episode of Hotel. Dahmer is one of the most well-known serial killers in American history, having murdered at least 17 boys and men. He was also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, as he raped, dismembered, and eventually ate his victims. 

Hotel: John Wayne Gacy - While Gacy inspired Twisty the Clown, John Carroll Lynch returned to American Horror Story to play the real deal on Hotel. 

  • Richard Chase + Robert Ressler’s profile of him

White male aged twenty-five to twenty-seven; thin, undernourished appearance; single; living alone in a location within one mile of abandoned station wagon owned by one of the victims. Residence will be extremely slovenly and unkempt, and evidence of the crimes will be found at the residence. Suspect will have a history of mental illness and use of drugs. Suspect will be an unemployed loner who does not associate with either males or females and will probably spend a great deal of time in his own residence. If he resides with anyone, it will be with his parents. However, this is unlikely. Suspect will have no prior military history; will be a high school or college dropout; probably suffers from one or more forms of paranoid psychosis.


Disorganized Offenders

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
  • Overkill
  • 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

Serial killer Jerome Brudos was born on January 31, 1939, to Henry and Eileen Brudos. Eileen had birthed two older boys and had hoped for a daughter. Consequently she was disappointed by her younger child’s gender. She exhibited her disappointment through belittling, emotional neglect, and abuse of Jerry. It is logical to assume that jerry probably developed a gender identity disorder at a young age, in hopes of meeting his mother’s desires for daughter and winning her love and acceptance. Evidence support thing hypothesis includes his early interest in women’s clothing. Jerry paraded around in front of his family wearing a pair of women’s high heel shoes that he had found. The shoe-wearing incident resulted in an angry response from his mother, but in the cases of many emotionally neglected and abused children, any form of attention was desired. Furthermore, this incident took place when Jerry Brudos was at a preschool age, and consequently, as a prepubertal behaviour, would have have had a sexual motivation.

Brudos’s fascination with women’s clothing continued throughout his life. It has been suggested that he was afflicted with the paraphilia fetishism, with the fetish objects of women’s shows and underwear. Incidents later in his life suggest that Brudos was not recurrently intensely sexually aroused by these specific objects, but rather by wearing them himself; this is indicative of a diagnosis of transvestic fetishism. Jerry Brudos was recurrently, intensely sexually aroused over the thought of being a woman when he wore women;s clothing. This, coupled with the development of a personality disorder, was the motivation behind his lust homicides.


Pairing: Spencer Reid x Reader
Reader Gender: Female
Warnings: Slight smut, overprotective brothers (??)
Word Count: 1,366
A/N: I split your request in half because I had two different ideas for your request. I hope you don’t mind, and that you enjoy it all the same. 
Fun Fact: I wrote this entire thing on my phone. 

Tagging: @samanthaofanarchy (for requesting such a fun fic) & @flowingvibes (for being a hella good friend telling me I had no reason to be nervous about posting this.) 

Originally posted by imaybeobsessed94

Y/N laid under Spencer, basking in the feel of his hands on her thighs and his lips on her neck. The two had just gotten home after a tough case a mountains of paperwork, leaving them with some time to enjoy the others company before they were hit with another case. But as luck would have it one of their phones began to ring.

Y/N groaned and began to reach for the nightstand where their phones sat. But before she was able to grab her Spencer gently grabbed her wrist.

“Let it ring.” He told her and reconnected their lips.

As Spencer began to trail kisses down her neck and stomach, leading to the waistband of her panties her phone began to ring again. This time it was Spencer’s turn to groan as he rolled off of Y/N, allowing her to sit up and grab her phone.

“What?” Y/N snapped down the line, annoyed at whoever had interrupted them.

“Is that any way to talk to your amazing baby brother?” Her brother’s sarcastic tone filled her ear, making her roll her eyes.

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Power/Control Oriented Serial Killer

This type of serial killer derives profound satisfaction from the process of having complete life-or-death control of the victim. Current writing has often emphasized the sexual aspects of many serial murders, such as some of those committed by Ted Bundy. However, for many serial killers “the fundamental source of pleasure is not sexual, it is the killer’s ability to control and exert power over his helpless victims.” (Holmes & DeBurger, 1985)

This kind of control, sought by the power-oriented serial killer, is rightly perceived by the killer as ultimate power to determine another’s fate. The sexual aspects of murders committed by this type of killer are incidental, not central, to the killing. Rape, sodomy, or destruction of sexual anatomy, far from being erotic, are but expressions of power and control over the victim. Whether the victim is male or female, the brutality that often accompanies murders perpetrated by this type of killer will maximize and reinforce the perverted motives of power and control