Female serial killers have long careers, and it is often hard to interview them because they are rare (Johnston, 2012). There are different types of female serial killers, and different things motivate them. This leads one to ask: What are the different types and causes of female serial killers, and how do they target their victims?
There have been many different definitions of a serial killer, but the FBI’s official definition of a serial killer as of 2010 is “the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender, in separate events” (“FBI”, 2010).
Female serial killers are rare, however famous ones include DESCRIBE Beverly Awitt and Rosemary West (McIvor, 2004). Aileen Wuornos is a famous serial killer from the United States. Wuornos was convicted of killing six men (Arrigo, 2004).
There are less female serial murderers than there are males, but their careers last longer because, they use subtle methods of killing (Johnston, 2012).Women serial killers will often know their victims, and their methods of killing are covert (Frei, Völlm, and Dittmann, 2006). However the most popular methods they use are poison, drowning, stabbing, suffocation, and shooting (Taylor, Lambeth, Green, Bone, Cahillane, 2012). Only few female serial killers use guns (Frei et al,. 2006). Men will kill their victims in a shooting, but there are patterns to the killing (Petherick, Kennedy, & Homant, 2005). Other methods used by men include strangling, torture, and using weapons (Interviewing Serial Killers, n.d.).
Types of Serial Killers and Causes
Different types of serial killers include the black widow, angel of death, sexual predator, and profit or crime killers power/control killers, who kill to demonstrate power over their victims lives (Taylor et al., 2012). These classifications are based on the type of person the killer kills. However, there are other classifications. One type is visionary – oriented killers who see visions and hear voices (Taylor et al., 2012) Visionary killers will often know their victim and the weapon, if there is a weapon, will be at the scene of the crime (Interviewing Serial Killers, n.d.). Mission – oriented killers, who eliminate certain people. (Taylor et al., 2012) These killers will have control over the crime scene and have specific victims (Interviewing Serial Killers, n.d.). Lust killers gain sexual gratification through cannibalism, necrophilia, and dismemberment (Taylor et al., 2012). These killers are rare. They will have control over the crime scene, there is evidence of torture, there is a specific victim, and the weapon of torture will be left (Interviewing Serial Killers, n.d.). Thrill killers kill for the pleasure found in killing (Taylor et al., 2012) Thrill killers will torture their victim, and later move the body. These killers tend to strangle the victim (Interviewing Serial Killers, n.d.). Comfort killers kill for personal profit (Taylor et al., 2006). These killers have a specific victim...