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Types of serial murder.

Behavioral background, victim profiles, methods used, and location of the murders. Four types of serial murderers are identified:

the 'visionary,' the 'mission-oriented,' 'hedonistic,' and 'power/control-oriented.'

After considering the background and behavioral patterns of serial killers, aspects of developing a psychological profile of a serial murderer are discussed, followed by a profile of the 'lust' killer, a type of serial killer predominantly motivated by a quest for sexual gratification.

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A serial killer is the most mysterious and devious of criminals because he has no apparent motive for committing his crimes.

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External negative response phase: this element helps the subject to confirm his superiority as a person. There is no kind of interest in the possible consequences of his criminal actions.

Distorted thinking phase: The subject is unable to properly assess the impact of a deviant act, as he fails to consider the consequences and is more interested in the emotional gratification that can result from his actions.

Although psychological gratification is the usual motive for serial killing, and most serial killings involve sexual contact with the victim, the FBI states that the motives of serial killers can include anger, thrill-seeking, financial gain, and attention seeking.

When the serial killer murders his first victim, he activates what is known as cyclical mechanism, entering a circular complex mental process, like an addiction, which leads him to kill again.

Some individuals show a biological predisposition to violence due to deficits of the brain system which involve a low level of frustration tolerance. In the volatile brain structure, stress events and environmental traumas are added.

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