Serial Killers and the Media
Matthew A Loos
CJ266: Deviance and Violence
Unit 4 Assignment
May 12, 2013
Next on FOX, Serial Killer verus Media. The introduction sounds like a promoter’s dream fight. It is not an introduction though it suggests a question: Does a Serial killer have an impact on the media? The response should be absolutely. Serial murderers have a notable effect on the U.S. media outlets. People in our society are obsessed and intrigued with murders and mutilation, particularly when it comes down to serial killers. People tend to thrive on the information. The TV stations and newspapers use serial killers to bring in new readers to the papers and viewers to their stations. Let discuss the definition of what a serial killer is. When people hear the names serial killer, spree killer or mass murderer; they frequently think they mean the same thing. However, criminologists differentiate the three as follows: 1. Serial killers will kill many times over a prolonged period of time. However, the murders will be separated with extended periods of normalcy. 2. Mass murders kill many victims in a single crime.
3. Spree killers commit multiple killings in various locations with a time line spanning from a few days to weeks. The main difference between a spree killer and a serial killer is the normalcy between killings. A spree killer does not have extended periods of normalcy. We will be discussing serial killers specifically. However, the discussion can apply to any of the above mentioned killers or pertain to many different crimes considered to be horrific in nature. An important note is serial killers are not new in our society. Serial killers were not created by industrialization or advancing technology, but rather easily exposed through industrialization and advancing technology. There are historically recorded accounts of serial murders in the fifteenth century, such as Gilles de Rais. Peering farther back into our...
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