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The Psychology of Serial Killers


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‘‘I was a normal person. I had good friends. I led a normal life, except for this one, small but very potent and destructive segment that I kept very secret and close to myself’’.

-Ted Bundy.

This course will take you through the various aspects that lead to serial killings. We will look at the psychological research related to the development of sexual deviance, the influence of trauma, and the social factors which can contribute to serial killer formation.

The course syllabus will cover the following questions:

  • What defines a serial killer?
  • Are all serial killers caucasian and male?
  • Do all serial killers have schizophrenia?
  • What is behavioral profiling and does it work?
  • What leads an individual to commit serial murders?

These questions and more will be answered throughout this course!

****Please note that this course will cover many difficult topics including murder, sexual assault, and abuse. Some students may find these topics difficult to learn about. Please be mindful of your reactions. Practice self-care.

We hope you find this course educational! Do forget to leave a review. We appreciate any feedback.

Who this course is for:

  • All levels interested in forensic psychology


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