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Hickey, Eric W. (2016) Serial Murderers and Their Victims (7th edition). Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1305261693. (a minimum of 3 pages). According to Chapter One of the book, the FBI, in 1984 appeared before the U.S. Senate and claimed that as many as 5,000 people per year were believed to be killed by serial murderers. Why do you suppose the public and public officials believed this grossly exaggerated figure, even though there was no meaningful data to support this assertion? Elaborate. Next, consider the various serial murder myths that were presented in the presentation, “Debunking Serial Murder Myths,” as well in the first chapter of Hickey’s (2016) book. Which of these myths do you believe that the general public would be the most surprised to learn is not true? Elaborate and discuss why you feel this way. Next, after reflecting upon Chapter Two, why do you suppose the the notion of evil is so difficult to define? How do you define it? Does your definition improve upon any of the definitions presented by the scholars in Chapter Two? How so? Also, some scholars have suggested that society often affords celebrity status to serial murderers. Assuming this in true, identify some ways in which this could possibly be changed. Next, in your opinion, do horror films glorify and encourage violence; or rather, do they serve a purpose by reminding us that evil, dangerous beings may reside in our communities? Take a position either way and defend it. Finally, once you have answered all of the above questions, please pose an original thinking question to the class.
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I.

Why do you suppose the public and public officials believed this grossly exaggerated
figure, even though there was no meaningful data to support this assertion?
Elaborate.
❖ The public and public officials believed this grossly exaggerated figure because of the
severity of the issue.
❖ It is not easy for anyone to think about serial murderers and their conduct in any given
environment.

II.

Next, consider the various serial murder myths that were presented in the
presentation, “Debunking Serial Murder Myths,” as well in the first chapter of
Hickey’s (2016) book.
❖ Regarding the myths, the first one is about the nature of a serial killer in relation to which
he commits their killings.
❖ Three serial killers cannot cease engaging in their homicidal activities.
❖ Some of them may prevent themselves from killing before they do so again

III.

Which of these myths do you believe that the general public would be the most
surprised to learn is not true? Elaborate and discuss why you feel this way.

❖ The myth about serial killers murdering after some years. The myth is not always true,
considering that some serial killers commit homicides without thinking of what will
occur to them.
❖ The main reason is that they want to achieve their gratification, influencing them to be
careful in their actions.

❖ Nevertheless, they also try as much as possible to pass information to anyone who will be
able to access their victims (Hickey, 2016).
IV.

Next, after reflecting upon Chapter Two, why do you suppose the notion of evil is so
difficult to define? How do you define it? Does your definition improve upon any of
the definitions presented by the scholars in Chapter Two? How so?

❖ The notion of evil has a wider perspective compared to what we think about as we
interact with our current society.
❖ Individuals have unique understandings of what evil means to them.
❖ In the case of serial killers, they somehow try to fill in th...


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