American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 117–131 | Cite as

Critical characteristics of male serial murderers

  • William B. ArndtEmail author
  • Tammy Hietpas
  • Juhu Kim


Difficulties that have limited research on serial murder (i.e., definition, data, and conceptual framework) are addressed by the current study. Rickey’s Trauma-Control Model is utilized as a conceptual framework that is particularly helpful when sexual activity is involved. This study provides a rich description of male perpetrator characteristics (criminal history, age, and ethnicity), killing career characteristics (number of victims, length of career, solo or team killer, venue, weapons, and murder rate), and victim characteristics (relationship to killer and victim sex). Relationships among these characteristics are also examined.


Crime Scene Female Victim Murder Rate Serial Killer Motivate Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Missouri at Kansas CityUSA

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