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and mental health is a lack of mutual understanding and discarded professional respect on both sides of the fence. KILLER 5 Not enough psychologists and psychiatrists have been to a crime scene, and not enough investigators have studied principles of psychology, psycopathology, and human behavior. Each could greatly benefit from the experiences of the other. More importantly, the successful investigation of a violent serial offender often takes skills from both disciplines(Davis 13). Most of these individuals have long criminal histories and become progressively more violent as they grow older and gain more experience. Their killings are almost always sexually motivated and are part of an elaborate sexual fantasy that builds up to a climax during the actual killing. Many of these

violent episodes are directed at women and children, although there are homosexual killers who like to hunt gay men. The victims of choice are prostitutes, male hustlers, drifters, etc, easy prey that wouldn’t be immediately missed. As adults most are substance abusers of one sort or another and all grew up in violent households. Several enjoy necrophilia and cannibalism and keep some sort of trophy from the kill, such as body parts, personal effects, and pictures or video to relive the event over and over again. For some, David Berkowitz for example, just returning to the crime scene or rolling in the dirt on the grave sites is enough to excite them. KILLER 6 John Douglas interviewed Berkowitz in prison and found that he avoided the drivers side, usually male, and would attack

from the passenger, usually female, side. He would assume a police stance and fire multiple rounds into the car. The shots, like multiple stab wounds indicate his anger and hatred of women. Armed with a .44 cal revolver he could kill from a distance, thus possessing his fantasy woman without having to personalize her. Out of this study came a system to better understand and classify violent offenders. For the first time, we could really begin to link what was going on in a perpetrator’s mind to the evidence he left at the crime scene. That, in turn, helped us to hunt them more efficiently and catch and prosecute them more effectively. It began to address some of the age old questions about insanity and “What type of person could do such a thing?”(Douglas 144). When Dennis

Nilsen was arrested in London in February 1983, the offenses with which he was charged appeared bizarre, virtually unique in the records of criminal homicide in Britain. Over a period of four years up to fifteen young men had passed through his door never to emerge again, and nobody seemed to have noticed. While other residents in the house where he rented two rooms went about their business, this articulate, responsible, civil servant was collecting dead bodies. He had strangled his victims with a tie, then kept them as companions, dressing them, bathing them, and talking to them. KILLER 7 Eventually cosigning them to a grave beneath the floorboards. Having finally run out of space, he had constructed huge bonfires in the back garden to burn the remains of his erstwhile

“friends”, and later, when he moved to the attic rooms, he had cut three more bodies into small pieces and flushed them down the toilet, boiling the heads on the kitchen stove(Masters 1). Counsel for both Nilsen in 1983 and Jeffrey Dahmer in 1992 each attempted to demonstrate that the defendant was not responsible for his acts by reason of mental disease. On neither occasion was the plea accepted by the jury, with the result that both men were found to have been perfectly sane when they boiled human heads to remove the flesh, when they slept beside putrefying corpses, when they were capable of making a cup of coffee and buttering a slice of toast in the midst of human debris(3). Ted Bundy used legal maneuvering for years to avoid execution in Florida, most of these appeals

were also based on his mental capacity. Judge Kendall Sharp, white haired, jut-jawed, Naval Reserve, and no-nonsense about him, ruled on Ted’s mental competency on Dec 17, 1987. Sharp was swift, impatient, and firm. Sharp was convinced that Ted had been “fully competent” during the Leach trial. Sharp said this was never more true than in Ted’s arguments against the imposition of the death penalty on the last day of trial, February 12, 1980(Rule 470). KILLER 8 Dr. Park Dietz, who works frequently with the FBI, has stated, “None of the serial killers that I have had the occasiion to study or examine has been legally insane, but none has been normal either. They ve all been people who have mental disorders. But despite their mental disorders, which have to do with their