Current Research Ideas

Current research I am conducting is around multiple murders and murderers. It will be done by content analysis as there is so much information out there already and I don't really want to interview killers just yet.
 
The research questions I am musing over are as follows:
Is serial killing a mental health condition or does social conditions develop a person into a serial killer?
  • Killing is not a normal (what is normal?) behaviour.
  • Nature vs. Nurture debate.
  • Not seen as criminally insane as they know what they do is wrong but they continue to do it anyway.
Why are there fewer multiple murders, perpetrated by one offender, in the twenty-first century than in the second half of the twentieth century?
  • The high point of serial killing was in the 1980s. 
  • More forensics as part of a police investigation could mean that the offender will get caught after their first murder so they won't go on to kill again, until they are released from prison.
 
What makes a serial killer?
  • FBI has defined what a serial killer is, along with other types of multiple killers, but it defines it within the actions and not intent of the killer.
  • There maybe many potential serial killers in prison who are not as defined as such.
  • The parole system will let these people out to reoffend.
  • They can get away with it. It is difficult to solve stranger killings. Some are unsolved.
 
Does today's society encourage killings through media saturation as they have a moment of fame and others learn from this?
  • Social learning theory could answer this.
  • A lot of theories on this but does not include social media. 
THESE IDEAS ARE BEING DEVELOPED ON AND WILL BE WRITTEN UP IN ARTICLES AND, HOPEFULLY, A BOOK AT THE END OF THE RESEARCH. 

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