This study seeks to identify and understand the possible motives of serial killers. The study suggests that serial killers kill because of the impact of exposure to physical abuse, drug abuse, and alcoholism from an early age. Brain injury and mental disorders also play a significant role. Serial killers come from all walks of life and are usually abused in childhood by their parents or someone close to them. They typically show signs early on that they have issues, but those signs often go unnoticed because their families are either ashamed, don’t have the knowledge or resources, or for some other reason don’t address the situation. They are usually only discovered when they commit a crime or murder, and at that point, it is too late. Serial killers do not think the same way society would consider the norm. To them, raping or killing a victim may provide the same thrill anyone else would get from hitting a home run or celebrating their wedding day.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2019

Senior Project Advisor

Whitney Cassity-Caywood

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Social Sciences

Document Type