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Ten common characteristics of Serial Killers

Although it is very difficult to actually determine the very traits of "a" serial killer, the real-life profilers Robert Ressler and John Douglas of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit along with the professors Ralph D'Agostino and Ann W. Burgess listed the following "general characteristics" of serial killers, based on a study:

1. Most of the serial killers are single white males.

2. They tend to be intelligent, with an IQ in the "bright normal" range.

3. Despite their intelligence, they tend to do poorly in school, have trouble holding jobs down, and often work as unskilled laborers.

4. They tend to come from markedly unstable familes, typically having been abandoned at an early age by their fathers and grow up in broken homes raised by a domineering mother.

5. There is a long list of criminal behaviour, psychiatric problems and alcoholic histories in their families.

6. They suffer signifcant abuse in their childhood - psychological, physical and sexual. Often the abuse is by a family member, commonly the father.

7. Because of their resentment towards an absent or abusive father, they have great problems with a male authority figure. Because they were dominated by their mother, they develop a great hostility towards women.

8. From an early age they manifest psychiatric problems and tend to spend some time in institutions as children.

9. Because of extreme social isolation and general hatred of the world they have high rates of suicide attempts.

10. They display an abiding interest in deviant sexuality and are obsessed with voyeurism, fetishism, and violent pornography

Can you pick out the ones we usually hear on the show? They don't use all 10. But they do use certain ones.

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