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Old 12-18-2012, 12:46 AM
 
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Well, there was this gem of a lady who killed some little kids at an elementary school.

Laurie Dann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

She was suspected of being the Tylenol killer back in the day. They never convicted anyone of that crime though they latched on to a male suspect eventually.

 
Old 12-19-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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Why do you say that? A serial killer is generally defined as a person/s who kills at least 3 people spaced apart within a period of time. Sex isn't always the motive. Look at Richard Kuklinski - contract killer. He killed for money only.

Serial killing is always recreational. Never for profit or to cover up a crime. Not always sexual, but always for a cheap rush of some kind. A contract killer is not a serial killer.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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Serial killing is always recreational. Never for profit or to cover up a crime. Not always sexual, but always for a cheap rush of some kind. A contract killer is not a serial killer.


Noun 1. serial killer - someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval
Synonyms: serial murderer


Serial killing is defined by frequency and number of victims, not motive. That's why they are called SERIAL killers, not sex killers/thrill killers, although that is usually a common motive. How is a contract killer NOT a serial killer?
 
Old 12-20-2012, 03:23 AM
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No. I am not surprised that there are not more. Women acculturated in almost any society that I can think of, tend to turn their anger inward. Against themselves. They become depressed and may abuse substances. They may commit suicide.

There are exceptions. But this does seem to be the rule.
 
Old 12-20-2012, 03:50 AM
 
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No. I am not surprised that there are not more. Women acculturated in almost any society that I can think of, tend to turn their anger inward. Against themselves. They become depressed and may abuse substances. They may commit suicide.

There are exceptions. But this does seem to be the rule.
Your theory is born out in many clinical documents. Anger turned outside = homicide. Anger turned inside= suicide.
 
Old 12-20-2012, 04:17 AM
 
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Noun 1. serial killer - someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval
Synonyms: serial murderer


Serial killing is defined by frequency and number of victims, not motive. That's why they are called SERIAL killers, not sex killers/thrill killers, although that is usually a common motive. How is a contract killer NOT a serial killer?

Semantics. Not worth worrying about, Abby. The net effect is the same.

Some kill for bloodlust and some kill for the love of money. The contract killers are just easier to understand because we understand the motive.
 
Old 12-20-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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No. I am not surprised that there are not more. Women acculturated in almost any society that I can think of, tend to turn their anger inward. Against themselves. They become depressed and may abuse substances. They may commit suicide.

There are exceptions. But this does seem to be the rule.
My main question is that, there clearly ARE female serial killers but they do it more covertly. I'm wondering why there aren't more who don't go around say shooting their victims. I mean anyone can pull a trigger.

Is it that they don't get a thrill out of that sort of violence, that they're not so graphically violent/more covert in nature, that they're simply cowards, lack of opportunity?
 
Old 12-20-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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My main question is that, there clearly ARE female serial killers but they do it more covertly. I'm wondering why there aren't more who don't go around say shooting their victims. I mean anyone can pull a trigger.

Is it that they don't get a thrill out of that sort of violence, that they're not so graphically violent/more covert in nature, that they're simply cowards, lack of opportunity?
Shooting is too obvious and messy. Guns can be linked to owners/makers, they're not that easy to get ahold unless you're in the US, its leaves gunpowder on the hands, it's noisy (makes it easy to establish time of death, so harder to fake an alibi, plus harder to be discreet and getaway from crime scene), prints can be left on the gun, the gun either has to be dumped or left at the scene of the crime, etc.


There are other ways of killing someone without leaving so much evidence behind and getting away with it. Pushing someone down the stairs can look like an accident, it's plausible, plenty of people slip and fall down the stairs.
 
Old 12-20-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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Men are much more likely to use violent means (such as guns) when committing suicide. They tend to also have more completed suicides than attempts, compared to women.

It seems there may be some parallels in terms of men's behavior in terms o: suicide and serial killing vs women's - ie, more violent/ more actual completions
 
Old 12-20-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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I'm sure that there have existed some female serial killers that didn't get caught.

What about the women who ran a boardinghouse for the elderly, took out life insurance on boarders and then killed them? Actually upon googling, it seems that something similar to that has happened more than once.

But the fact that they are so rare compared to men does suggest that there are far fewer, even allowing for greater stealthiness.
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