1 Serial KillersForensic PsychologyBundy, Berkowitz,
2 Forensic Psychology WHY? Where law meets the study of the mind, you’ll find the Forensic psychiatric/psychological professional.Psychiatrist is a medical doctor – medical treatment of the psychePsychologist is not a medical doctor – study of the mind and behaviorBOTH – mental health professionals – expertise is the mind and the way it affects behavior and well-beingWHY?The law and medical aspects of crime are often at odds. Insane or not? Competent to stand trial or not?If the court determines that a defendant's mental condition makes him unable to understand the proceedings, or that he is unable to help in his defense, he is found incompetent. The competency evaluation, as determined in Dusky v. United States, is whether the accused "has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding—and whether he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him." Being determined incompetent is substantially different from undertaking an insanity defense; competence regards the defendant's state of mind at the time of the trial, while insanity regards his state of mind at the time of the crime.The word incompetent is also used to describe persons who lack mental capacity to make contracts, handle their financial and other personal matters such as consenting to medical treatment, etc. and need a legal guardian to handle their affairs.
3 Role of the Forensic Psychologist Assessment of mental state for insanity pleaCompetency to stand trialSentencing recommendationsEvaluations of the risk of reoffendingTestimony as an expert witnessChild custody evaluations
4 Types of MurderersMass MurdererSpree MurdererSerial Killer
5 Types of MurderersMass Murderer – kill 4 or more people in one place at one time.Have clear agenda – know whyNo “cooling-off” periodMay want to send a “message.”Higher the death toll – better the job doneTypically ends with death of perpetrator – suicide or killed by law enforcement
6 Some Famous Mass Murderers August 1, 1966 – Charles WhitmanKilled 14 people and injured dozens in shooting from the top of a tower on the campus of the University of Texas.Entire episode lasted 90 minutes.July 20, 2012 – James Eagan HolmesKilled 12 and injured 58 in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.Entire episode lasted 7 minutes.
7 Some Famous Mass Murderers April 20, 1999Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murder 13 and injure 21 in a high school in Columbine, Colorado.Entire episode lasted an estimated 90 minutesSeptember 15, 196316th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by 4 KKK members killing 4 children and injuring 22.
8 Spree Murderers A spree killer is much like a serial killer. CHARACTERISTICSKills more than one person at two or more locations.Happens quickly – with no cooling off period.Killer is constantly moving…hiding, running, planning.Often end with suicide.Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate.Murdered 11 people in 6 weeks – NebraskaStarkweather …got the chair Fugate.. Paroled in 19771997Andrew CunananKilled 5 men in 4 states (Mn, Il. NJ, Fl)Time: 3 monthsCommitted suicide
9 The Serial Killer Kill three or more people over a period of more than a monthCooling off time in between….may be as long as 3 monthsUses the time to unwind…come down off the “killing high”Motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratificationRarely display a clearly define or rational motiveJeffrey Dahmer “Milwaukee Cannibal”, Ted Bundy “
10 This unit can become very disturbing. WARNINGThis unit can become very disturbing.If you need to take a break from the class material PLEASE let me know.
11 Criminal Profiling Possible solution to battling serial offences A behavioral and investigative tool that is intended to help investigators to accurately predict and profile the characteristics of unknown criminal subjects or offenders.Offender profiling is a method of identifying the perpetrator of a crime based on an analysis of the nature of the offense and the manner in which it was committed. Various aspects of the criminal's personality makeup are determined from his or her choices before, during, and after the crime. This information is combined with other relevant details and physical evidence, and then compared with the characteristics of known personality types and mental abnormalities to develop a practical working description of the offender.Psychological profiling may be described as a method of suspect identification which seeks to identify a person's mental, emotional, and personality characteristics (as manifested in things done or left at the crime scene). This was used in the investigation of the serial murders committed by Ted Bundy. Dr. Richard B. Jarvis, a psychiatrist with expertise on the criminal mind, predicted the age range of Bundy, his sexual psychopathy, and his above average intellect.
12 Criminal Profiling Some Assumptions of the Profiling Process 1. The Crime Scene reflects the personality.Manner of deathOrganized or disorganized crime scene2. Methods of operation remain similar.Clues left could be a “signature” of the killer.3. The “signature” will remain the same.Unique manner in which a crime is committed.Manner, words used, something left at the scene.4. The criminal’s personality will not change.Core personality cannot change.Offender profiling is a method of identifying the perpetrator of a crime based on an analysis of the nature of the offense and the manner in which it was committed. Various aspects of the criminal's personality makeup are determined from his or her choices before, during, and after the crime. This information is combined with other relevant details and physical evidence, and then compared with the characteristics of known personality types and mental abnormalities to develop a practical working description of the offender.Psychological profiling may be described as a method of suspect identification which seeks to identify a person's mental, emotional, and personality characteristics (as manifested in things done or left at the crime scene). This was used in the investigation of the serial murders committed by Ted Bundy. Dr. Richard B. Jarvis, a psychiatrist with expertise on the criminal mind, predicted the age range of Bundy, his sexual psychopathy, and his above average intellect.
13 Disorganized Offender F.B.I. Crime Scene Analysis Distinguishes two types of crime scenes as the basis of psychological profiling:Organized OffenderHigh intelligenceSocially adequateSexually competentLives with a partnerHigh birth order statusFather had/has stable workChildhood discipline inconsistentSituational stress causes crimeCharmingIs mobileFollows crime in mediaTED BUNDYDisorganized OffenderBelow average intelligenceSocially inadequateSexually incompetentWorks at unskilled laborLow birth order statusFather had/has unstable workReceived harsh discipline as childMood is anxious during crimeStress not a factor in causing crimeLives alone/does not datePoor personal hygieneNot interested in mediaNocturnalSignificant behavior changes after crimeRICHARD RAMIREZ
14 A Comparison of Crime Scenes OrganizedPlannedVictim targetedPersonalizes victimControlled conversationsControlled crime sceneSubmissive victimRestraints usedAggressive actsBody is movedWeapon takenLittle evidenceDisorganizedSpontaneous eventVictim unknownDepersonalizes victimMinimal conversationChaotic crime sceneSudden violenceNo restraintsSex after deathBody not movedWeapon leftPhysical evidence
15 Serial Murderer - Types Visionary – “sees things”; psychopathic, directed by “another being”Missionary – need to eradicate a certain group, not psychotic.Hedonistic – seeks thrill and derives pleasure from killing.Power/Control – sexual gratification from dominance of victim…power of life and death.
16 What is a serial killer? What characteristics come to mind?
17 Misconception #1 Serial killers are the same as mass murderers Serial killers kill several people over a series of days, weeks, months, or even years.Active period and cooling off periodMass murderers kill a number of people within a few hoursMurder in an outburst with no cooling off periodEx – Columbine shootings
18 Misconception #2Serial killers are complete losers who cannot function normally in society.It’s more common for serial killers to live normal lives – this is part of the reason why they are successful in their killingsEx: Ted Bundy – considered very charming
19 Common Characteristics of Serial Killers White maleAge 25-35Intelligence – ranges from low to very highFrom all walks of lifeMay be the married man next door with kidsORSocially inept/unable to maintain relationship/ lonerKill for sex, power, manipulation, domination and control
20 Common Characteristics of Victims Usually kill within ethnic groupAge of victims varies greatly (depending on murder)Usually no prior contact/hatred for victimVictims may be symbolic in some way
21 Socially Difficult to Accept Psychopaths/sociopathsSelf-centered (egocentric and narcissistic)ManipulativeEmotionally shallowDevoid of empathy/remorse
22 FantasyAll humans fantasize about their dreams and futures – usually very detailedSerial killers have detailed fantasiesSpecific victimsRepetitiveReveals modus operandi (MO – method of operation)/ signatureHelps Forensic psychiatrists develop profiles of the killers
23 Trophies or Souvenirs Criminals Serial killers Money, jewels, electronicsIncriminating evidence (weapon)Serial killersTake objects with no monetary valueHolds value to perpetratorUse it to relive crime laterEx: jewelry, clothing, drivers license, even body parts
24 Childhood Many come from physical, psychological, and sexual abuse Insulate self by creating protective world rich in fantasyFantasy includes sexual and violent characteristicsThemes commingle until they are inseparableOffenders seek victims that fulfill their fantasyEx: Ted Bundy – women with dark hair parted in middle
25 Exploring the Mind of a Killer Nature vs. NurtureNeuroscientist – Jim FallonLooks at brain scans and genetic analysisCan it be explained why serial killers are usually males?Listen and take notes!Exploring the Mind of a Killer
26 Tomorrow we will choose. You will be working in partners. Serial Killer ProjectDavid Berkowitz Ian Brady Myra HindleyTed Bundy Albert Fish John Wayne GacyEd Kemper Charles Manson Richard RamirezPeter Kurten Henry Lee Lucas John ChristieEd Gein Jeffrey Dahmer Albert DesalvoAndrei Chikatilo Ted Kaczynski Mary Ann CottonMarybeth Tinning Nannie Doss Dorothea PuenteJack the Ripper Fritz Haarmann Wayne WilliamsNicolas Claux Arthur Shawcross H.H HolmesVlad Dracula Mary Bell (10yr old killer)Tomorrow we will choose. You will be working in partners.