Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Serial Killer Myths Exposed

The real serial killer

Serial killers are everywhere! Well, perhaps not in our neighborhood, but on our television screens, at the movie theatres, and in rows and rows of books at our local Borders or Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Everything we would like to know about how serial killers commit their crimes and how the cops catch these predators is detailed by profilers, ex-FBI men, true crime writers, and psychologists; we learn everything but the truth. While we are being fascinated by the tales of famous serial killers and how they were brought to justice, the real serial killer goes about his business with hardly a thought to being caught. Why? Because serial killers know they can get away with murder and most of the time we don't even know they are out there. Even when some of them do get caught, we may not recognize what they are because they don't match the distorted image we have of serial killers

Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers
Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers

When I wrote the book, Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, I wanted to correct beliefs that have become ingrained in our minds as "common knowledge." I knew I would upset many of the experts in the field because I would dare to challenge the "truths" that years of research and study have developed in the field of serial killer expertise. So be it. In order to catch serial killers, we need to know exactly what we are dealing with.

Here are 10 of the myths that we all could do without.


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