Running head: SERIAL KILLERS
Serial killer are individuals who murder three or more individuals over a long duration of
time aimed to serve a certain intent from the perspective of the killer. The chosen serial killer for
this analytical paper is Jeffrey Dahmer. The first section explores how Dahmer fits into the
common profile of the serial murder offender. Additionally a typology of the offender will be
explored. A discussion of how the offender’s case was solved and the resolution of their cases
will be provided.
Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeffrey Dahmer was an American sex offender and serial killer who was
responsible for committing murder, rape and dismemberment of seventeen boys and men
between the years of 1978 to 1991 (Simpson, 2019). He carefully selected his victims by
ensuring that they were individuals whose disappearances would be less noticeable thus reducing
the likelihood that he would be captured (Simpson, 2019). He would lure his victims with
promises of sex or money. His first victim was killed shortly after he had graduated from high
The common profile of a serial killer has been used by the police to help in narrowing
down the list of potential suspects. Psychological profiling provides the idea that serial killer
suffer from severe psychological disorders and particularly personality disorders that make them
prone to killing others (Morton, Tillman & Gaines, 2014). The common profile of a serial killer
is one who has a varying degrees for mental illness of psychopathy that contributes to their
homicidal behaviors. Dahmer was diagnosed with psychotic disorders among other personality
and psychological disorders and therefore fits the description. Another aspect of the serial killer
profile that Dahmer met is that of being male, white and a loner. Most serial killers tend to be
Caucasian and this identifies the views of racial profiling on this case. Morton et al. (2014) noted
that racial profiling has been actively used by the police to help in addressing various criminal
elements. Dahmer is both white and male. The aspect of being a loner is also widely used in
profiling serial killers. Most serial killers tend to be loners who are secluded from most social
interactions. In the case of Dahmer he had no friends both in high school and at home and kept to
himself. Social awkwardness is a trait that most serial killers share.
Another trait commonly associated with serial killers is that they have substance abuse or
struggle with alcoholism (Morton et al., 2014). In the case of Dahmer this is true as he started
drinking heavily when he was in high school to the point that it became a persistent problem.
Serial killers are likely to engage in fetishism as well as necrophilia as noted by Morton et al.
(2014). Dahmer would have sex with the decomposed bodies of his victims therefore showing
necrophilia desires. Poor educational background is another trait of serial killers. Dahmer
dropped out of college and this was linked to his alcoholism. He was unable to concentrate due
to his drinking habits resulting in low grades and his eventual dropout of college. The fascination
with keeping a memorabilia of the victims is something common among serial killers and in the
case of Dahmer kept polaroid of his victims in the various stages of dismemberment. Serial tend
to have been involved in sadistic activities especially when children and in the case of Dahmer
he would kill small animals and preserve them as shown by his father. Low IQ is another trait of
serial killers and in the case of Dahmer his academic scores were displeasing showing that he
suffered from low IQ as well.
Serial killers can be categorized into four different motive types based on their motives
and they are mission-oriented, power oriented, visionary and hedonistic oriented (Morton et al.,
2014). The actions of Dahmer prove that he fits into the visionary oriented typology as his
actions show that he was clearly psychotic Dahmer would knock out his victims using sleeping
pills before proceeding to choke them and dismember their parts (Simpson, 2019). He was
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