Serial Murder, Separating Fact from Fiction

Serial Murder: Separating Fact from Fiction
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded March 27, 2015
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The popularity of books, movies, and television shows about serial killers has resulted in a portrait of serial murder and criminal profiling that is more fiction than fact. In this webinar, two respected researchers will discuss what the world’s largest serial killer database has shown to be true about serial killers, and just as importantly, what is not true.

The webinar begins with a discussion of the definition of a serial killer and whether that definition includes spree killers. Next, the various types of serial killers will be discussed, with a conclusion that the term “serial killer” is overly broad and that a “one size fits all” profile is inappropriate. The webinar will then move to a brief description of the Radford/FGCU Serial Killer Database, a set of data containing information on almost 4,000 serial killers and over 11,000 victims. The remainder of the webinar will be spent highlighting preliminary findings from the database, including such topics as serial killer demographics, trends in serial murder, and victim profiles.

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