New profile of serial killers debunks long-held myths

by Ezra Buckley on September 14, 2018

The stereotypical version of a serial killer often is portrayed in Hollywood and crime novels: A young, white male who is extremely cunning but mentally disturbed slays scores of women to satisfy his sexual needs.

The reality, however, is that most mass murderers lead ordinary lives despite their perverse deeds. Few look like the most infamous serial killers in history — with only about 12.5 percent of US serial predators fitting the profile of a 20-something, white male, according to the Serial Killer Information Center, a project at Radford University that studied more than 4,700 mass murderers.


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