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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship between Birth Order and Victim Selection in Serial Killers
by Butler, Jennifer, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2016, 54; 3729095
Abstract (Summary)

Homicides linked to serial killers comprise a small percentage of the total number of murders committed in the United States, as well as overseas; however, there has always been an immense interest in these type of killings due to the mysterious nature of their perpetrators and their motives for killing. This small percentage could be due to the decreased incidence of the mental illnesses usually associated with serial killers (i.e., Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy), and advances in police investigative methods such as DNA matching that have resulted in a higher rate of solved murders, and consequently fewer serial killers still at large. Many theories have been proposed to try to explain why serial killers murder their victims. The most popular of these theories is the organized and disorganized dichotomy of serial killers’ methods. By using this theory and linking it with both Alfred Adler’s (1928) theory of birth order and Michael Kirton’s (1976) adaptor and innovator theory the relationship between a serial killer’s birth order and the types of victims he chooses can be explored.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Warner, Debra
Commitee: Seward, Garrett, Yerke, Adam
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Forensic Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 77/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Criminology
Keywords: Alfred Adler, Birth order, Michael Kirton, Serial killer, Victim selection
Publication Number: 3729095
ISBN: 978-1-339-14858-8
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