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CLJ 101 Lecture Notes - Basement, Des Plaines River, John Wayne Gacy
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Department
Criminology, Law, and Justice
Course Code
CLJ 101
Professor
Mc Carty Bill
Lecture
8

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CLJ 101 Intro to Criminology Unit: Serial Killers
Definitions
Multicide: the killing of at least 3 victims
Cooling off period: A period of more than 30 days from the 1st killing to the last.
Mass Murder
Spree Murder
Serial Murder
Victims
At least 3
At least 3
At least 3
Events
One event
At least 3 events
At least 3 events
Location
One location
At least 3 locations
At least 3 locations
Cooling off Period
No
No
Yes
Myths about Serial Killers
1) All serial killers come from ***ABUSIVE*** backgrounds
Truth: About 60-70% do.
2) There is an epidemic of serial murder in the US
Truth: data doesnt support this
3) All serial killers abused animals and set fires as children
Truth: most have previous criminal backgrounds
4) All serial killers kill for sex
Truth: some kill for profit, some for power/control over others and/or due to
deep psychosis (mental problems)
Case Study: John Wayne Gacy
Born: March 17, 1942
Grew up: Chicago, IL
Killed at least 33 individuals, most of them young men
Father was physically abusive
Father never displayed positive emotions towards his children
Physical maladies, including seizures, fainting, and heart difficulty
General M.O. (typical methods of how he committed these crimes)
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CLJ 101 Intro to Criminology Unit: Serial Killers Definitions Multicide: the killing of at least 3 victims Cooling off period: A period of more than 30 days from the 1 killing to the last. Mass Murder Spree Murder Serial Murder Victims At least 3 At least 3 At least 3 Events One event At least 3 events At least 3 events Location One location At least 3 locations At least 3 locations Cooling off Period No No Yes Myths about Serial Killers 1) All serial killers come from ***ABUSIVE*** backgrounds Truth: About 60-70% do. 2) There is an epidemic of serial murder in the US Truth: data doesnt support this 3) All serial killers abused animals and set fires as children Truth: most have previous criminal backgrounds 4) All serial killers kill for sex Truth: some kill for profit, some for power/control over others and/or due to deep psychosis (mental problems) Case Study: John Wayne Gacy Born: March 17, 1942 Grew up: Chicago, IL Killed at least 33 individuals, most of them young men Father was physically abusive Father never displayed positive emotions towards his children Physical maladies, including seizures, fainting, and heart d
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