serial killer profiling

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

Crime Scene Profiling

John E. Douglas, former FBI agent and former head of the Behavioral Analysis Unit developed a special type of criminal investigating called crime scene profiling. Crime scene profiling helps to establish who the offender may be, which can lead to the eventual apprehension of the individual. Douglas stated that there are up to three vital pieces of evidence which helps build a psychological profile of the suspect when crime scene profiling. They are:

Modus Operandi: This refers to the pattern that the killer engages in during the commission of their crimes. For example, Jeffrey Dahmer would go out to a club, bar, mall, or adult bookstore to look for a victim. He would offer them fifty dollars to pose for photos. If they agreed, they would follow him back to his apartment, where they were drugged and strangled.

Signature/Personation: This can be much more personal to the offender than the MO. A signature is a pattern or repeated behavior that is seen in almost every one of their crime scenes. The signature is usually symbolic to the perpetrator and can tell an investigator a lot about who he is. An example of a signature is the pantyhose which the victims of the Boston Strangler were killed with. The bow that the perpetrator tied was so unique to him that even copycats couldn’t replicate it.

Staging: This is the intentional alteration of the crime scene prior to it being discovered by the police. Staging can either be done because the perpetrator is trying to throw off the investigators, or the perpetrator is trying to communicate something to the world. In the case of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, staged one of his victims, Carol Christensen. A bag was placed over her head (something murderers do to depersonalize the victim). She had a raw sausage link around her, a wine bottle in her hand, and two cleaned fish across her chest, believed by some to symbolize the Eucharist, the body, and blood of Christ. Gary Ridgway was reported to have killed partly because of his fanatical religious views, which provided him with a deep-seated hatred toward prostitutes.

Source: Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach by Curt and Anne Bartol

  • 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…”

During the hunt for serial killer, Jerry Brudos, detective Jim Stovall created a criminal profile. He wrote that the killer would be between twenty and thirty. He would be an electrician, as the copper wires found on the bodies of the victims were wound twice the way electricians would wind them. He added that the killer would be the child of an over-bearing mother, with a strong disdain for her. This showed in the desecration of the victims bodies. Finally he added that the murderer would not be a steady worker, and would drift from job to job.

Stovall’s profile was eerily similar to what the killer was really like. Jerry Brudos was thirty years old when he was apprehended. He was indeed an electrician, who drifted from job to job in Oregon. He did have an overbearing mother. She was a shrewd, cold woman, who made Brudos sleep in a barn, while his older brother slept cozily in his own bedroom. This profile helped narrow down the list of suspects, and aided in the apprehension of this brutal serial killer.

Source: The Lust Killer by Ann Rule


“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.

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. 

Tokyo Ghoul vs Literature: Red Dragon - A Metaphor for Hide and Kaneki’s Relationship

Sorry about the delay in this one, I actually lost the book Red Dragon fro awhile and I had to go find it. Anyway this time around we’re gong to look at a character I don’t talk about as often, Hide. During one of the flashes to Hide’s room we’re presented with a brief collection of his interests as mostly a background element. While the various manga volumes do show how his tastes clash with Kaneki, the one that stands out the most in a Red Dragon poster.

Let’s explore the connection between the two underneath the cut.

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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. 

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. 

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

“A psychological brick is a human trait that we can describe or translate in psychological terms. I put them in order and start to build a fundamental. It’s not so different from Lego actually. You have different bricks that belong to different psychological patterns. Shyness and fear for example are both environmental emotions, while arrogance is a personal feeling mostly born out of wealth or superiority. Each pattern has a lot of single psychological bricks which describe impressive and sometimes hidden human traits. With Lego you can use one set to build a knight’s castle, and another one to build a hospital. But you can also take the bricks from both and build something else entirely. That’s what I’m trying to do. Taking bricks and trying to build a person until I have a clear understanding of them.”

Murderer’s Maze  by ibuzoo

watchful pt.2

Originally posted by bau-obsessed

summary: after watching each other for months, you and spencer go on a date.

words: 1754

warnings: sexual tension 

a/n: I just want to thank @starbucksreid​ for being really nice and encouraging about my writing, otherwise this probably wouldn’t have got written as I had a rough week. I’m really not even sure about this.

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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