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The study that took several years to complete involved an examination of the crimes of 480 convicted serial killers.

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Among the main findings are:

  • Prostitutes are the most at-risk group.
  • Killers tend to trick their victims.
  • Sex was almost always the prime motivator.
  • Women are far more at risk than men.
  • Killers often target strangers.
  • Strangulation is the most common method of killing.
  • Serial killers generally operate close to home.
  • Few killers bother to clean up the crime scene.
  • Most killers don’t disguise themselves.
  • White, professional serial killers tend to move and hide bodies.

Source: Massive FBI study sheds light on the lives and minds of serial killers | Toronto Star

Joan Swart, PsyD

Joan Swart, PsyD

Forensic Psychologist | Business Developer at Open Forest LLC
Joan is a forensic psychologist, lecturer, and author of “Treating Adolescents with Family-Based Mindfulness” published by Springer in 2015 and “Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook” published by CRC Press in 2016. She is a business developer at Open Forest LLC. Open Forest LLC provides online psychoeducation and self-help programs aimed at improving many conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mindfulness.
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