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Mon May 18, 2015, 07:06 PM

Here's a surprising look at the average serial killer

When people think "serial killer," a face like Ted Bundy comes to mind — a relatively young, white male who's charming and intelligent.

But according to the Serial Killer Information Center, started by Dr. Mike Aamodt, a professor of psychology at Radford University, that isn't entirely true.

His database has identified over 2,600 serial killers, which Aamodt defined as somebody who killed at least two people, in two separate instances, with a "cooling off" period in between.

Mass killers, however, typically kill a large number of people (usually four or more) in a single incident. Aamodt's definition differs slightly from the FBI's, which doesn't require a cooling off between killings.

Surprisingly, only 12.5% of US serial killers in Aamodt's database fit what most consider the typical profile — a white male in his late mid- to late-20s. While 92.3% of US serial killers (94.4% internationally) are male, only 52.1% are white. Only 27% are in their mid- to late-20s.

From 1990 to 2010, the most recent year of data in the project, 52.1% of US serials killers were white, while 40.3% were black. The numbers don't change much internationally either. Worldwide, 56.2% are white, while 30% are black.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-surprising-look-at-the-average-serial-killer-2015-5

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Reply Here's a surprising look at the average serial killer (Original post)
Troll2 May 2015 OP
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Feldspar Green May 2015 #6
City Kitty May 2015 #11
Feldspar Green May 2015 #14
Ajax May 2015 #15
Feldspar Green May 2015 #19
Liberty May 2015 #42
Feldspar Green May 2015 #43
spike61 May 2015 #7
Feldspar Green May 2015 #8
700WinMag May 2015 #9
Feldspar Green May 2015 #10
docgeezer May 2015 #12
Feldspar Green May 2015 #13
metroins May 2015 #20
Feldspar Green May 2015 #21
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Feldspar Green May 2015 #32
metroins May 2015 #34
Feldspar Green May 2015 #36
metroins May 2015 #39
oldenuff35 May 2015 #23
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oldenuff35 May 2015 #40
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Feldspar Green May 2015 #18
_eek May 2015 #24
Feldspar Green May 2015 #26
_eek May 2015 #28
Feldspar Green May 2015 #29
Runner Dude May 2015 #2
Troll2 May 2015 #4
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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:16 PM

1. Only part that matters to me:

While 92.3% of US serial killers (94.4% internationally) are male

What's the point of breaking it down by race or any other factor for that matter?

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #1)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:26 PM

3. The difference between mass killers and serial killers is interesting

While mass killers are disproportionately young whites, serial killers are disproportionately black.

It's the Batman movie killer James Eagan Holmes versus the Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #3)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:32 PM

6. Well I suppose it would be interesting to me

if it mattered to me.

I don't really care about the different 'motivations' men have for killing people - the point is that men are the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of killers.

And rapists too.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #6)

Mon May 18, 2015, 08:37 PM

11. You're Not the Only One

Men commit more murders by far, but they don't want to face that. The truth hurts!

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Response to City Kitty (Reply #11)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:03 PM

14. And even though it would seem

(due to the amount of time many, many men spend arguing about who's to blame in all of this murderous business) that they actually care about it, nothing ever changes.





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Response to City Kitty (Reply #11)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:14 PM

15. Who is this "they" that you speak of?

I could be wrong (but I'm probably not), but I'm pretty sure almost all men (my guess is about 99%) would acknowledge that men commit far more murders than women.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #15)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:34 PM

19. Oops. Looks like you missed reply #14 too.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #6)

Tue May 19, 2015, 12:25 PM

42. "that men are the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of killers."

Not true. Women have already killed 15.5 million babies so far this year.

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Response to Liberty (Reply #42)

Tue May 19, 2015, 01:32 PM

43. Not illegally.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #1)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:44 PM

7. Because these days EVERYTHING is broken down by race.

Although usually its to show that whites are evil or unfair or some other tripe.

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Response to spike61 (Reply #7)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:50 PM

8. But nothing is ever broken down

by sex.

It's not 'people' who are the killers, it's men.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #8)

Mon May 18, 2015, 08:13 PM

9. Yup.

http://discussionist.com/1014139339

Your point is proven...

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Response to 700WinMag (Reply #9)

Mon May 18, 2015, 08:30 PM

10. Riffing off of the "ALWAYS"

I thought it best to say "never" because it almost never happens that anyone faces the reality that the vast, vast, vast, vast, vast majority of killers (no matter their motivation) are men instead of hunting down the few stories about killer women (in the case of your link working in conjunction with a man) to prove that women kill too.



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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #10)

Mon May 18, 2015, 08:50 PM

12. Men tend to be more physically agressive

probably due to evolution and culture. This would account for the gender disparity, I assume. However, I think a more important question, given the tone of your posts, is what percentage of men are serial or mass killers?

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Response to docgeezer (Reply #12)

Mon May 18, 2015, 08:56 PM

13. It's in the OP and that's what I've

been working from:
92.3% of US serial killers (94.4% internationally) are male

My point is that I don't care what the motivation is (serial or mass), the fact remains that males are by far and away the killers.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #13)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:47 PM

20. Isn't this a common sense subject?

Men are taller, stronger, faster, more aggressive, and pretty much dominate women in any powerful physical trait.

Human nature is to conquer, it would make more sense that there are more men killers.

It's just physically easier.

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Response to metroins (Reply #20)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:51 PM

21. I'm not necessarily talking about men

killing women....

Men are the biggest killer of "taller, stronger, faster, more aggressive" men too.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #21)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:55 PM

22. I never said men are killing women

You are talking about why they are predominately male.

That's because men are physically superior to women in the the aspect of killing. A man is more likely to take on another man than a woman would. If I were a 5'4 woman, I wouldn't attack a 5'10 male headon, but a 5'10 male would. I'm 6'5 and luckily don't have a violent bone in my body.

It's easier for a man to kill, no matter who they kill, whether it's passion or planned.

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Response to metroins (Reply #22)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:45 PM

32. So why aren't women killing each other

all over the place?

Lots of women are bigger and stronger than other women....

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #32)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:51 PM

34. Again, the same reason men are physically stronger

Testosterone.

It's a big part why men have more predatory strengths than women.

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Response to metroins (Reply #34)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:57 PM

36. "predatory strengths"

oh. my. god.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #36)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:11 PM

39. They are. What's with the omg?

Evolution occurs, but men have been the gatherers for millennials.

We don't need the aggressiveness and strength traits today, but evolution doesn't work that fast.

Men were evolved to kill, protect and breed.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #13)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:57 PM

23. Make your point, say what you want to say...

or is it you lack the gonads to come right out and say what you want to say... quit hiding behind your word salad of insinuations and innuendos????

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #23)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:46 PM

33. That's a joke, right?

I've said what I wanted to say.

And then had to repeat it over and over again.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #33)

Tue May 19, 2015, 12:37 AM

40. the only reason you have had to repeat it

Is because your beating around the bush. No guts no glory and no gonads....

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #40)

Tue May 19, 2015, 09:58 AM

41. Okay. You're right. I'll just say it:

men are the vast majority of killers and I don't care what their race/economic class/motivation is.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #8)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:19 PM

16. "Nothing" is ever broken down by sex? Except for the study in the OP for this very thread.

From the article:

While 92.3% of US serial killers (94.4% internationally) are male.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #16)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:29 PM

17. Guess you missed reply #1

and reply #10...

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #17)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:02 PM

25. I didn't miss it. I just didn't understand it.

I didn't understand why you would acknowledge that the stats were broken down by sex.....and then say "but nothing is ever broken down by sex"

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Response to Ajax (Reply #25)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:09 PM

27. Please then see reply #10

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #27)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:15 PM

30. I read it, but I disagree.

I think almost all men will admit that men commit more murders, or rapes, or assaults, than women.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #30)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:38 PM

31. They may agree

but do they do much more than argue about which race/class does more of it in order to absolve 'themselves'?

Meantime, women and children (roughly half of all children are male...) are taking the brunt of men's killing.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #31)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:54 PM

35. I feel no need to absolve myself for the things other people do.

I'm male. I know that the vast majority of murders and rapes are committed by males. The same holds true for violent assaults of any kind. However, I'm not one of the males that have committed those crimes. It's not like there are meetings of the y-chromosome team, where we think of ways to stick up for each other. I'm not in any way responsible for what another man does.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #35)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:59 PM

37. Are women responsible for what other women

do?

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #37)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:10 PM

38. No. nt

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Response to Ajax (Reply #16)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:32 PM

18. Oh and reply #13 right above you ^^^

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #1)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:00 PM

24. oh my my my



Someone gots them a big ol' grisgis, dontcha?


And I thought people exaggerated about your agenda driven myopia...

Now go ahead...


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Response to _eek (Reply #24)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:07 PM

26. I got nothin but

my friend.

And I shall.

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Response to Feldspar Green (Reply #26)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:10 PM

28. please wear a helmet

I do not want to lose such a valuable proof of concept model

keep you neck strong too..

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Response to _eek (Reply #28)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:12 PM

29. My neck 'be' strong after all

these years.

That's why I can keep on going.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:26 PM

2. Why does it say ONLY 52.1% are white instead of

a MAJORITY 52.1% are white?

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Response to Runner Dude (Reply #2)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:28 PM

4. Whites make up 73% of the population, so it is less than expected

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Response to Runner Dude (Reply #2)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:31 PM

5. Perhaps a comparison to a total population ...

 

racial ratio..?? Ya think..

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