Hollywood’s serial-killer stereotype – an anti-social white guy unable to stop murdering – is a Tinseltown tall tale, says the New York Daily News, citing a new FBI report. “There’s no one-size-fits-all profile,” said Mark Hilts, chief of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. “Don’t get caught up looking for Hannibal Lecter.” After analyzing views of 135 law enforcement, academic, and mental health experts, FBI behavioral profilers determined “there is no generic profile of a serial murderer.”
The only traits most predators have in common is they tend to be control freaks with a total lack of remorse for taking innocent lives, the 71-page FBI report said. It said their motive to kill is usually simply “because they want to.” The bureau zinged the media for its infatuation with such murders, beginning with London’s Jack the Ripper in the 1880s. The study blamed moviemakers for perpetuating the myths – even though the FBI cooperated on films it now criticizes, including “The Silence of the Lambs,” which made Hannibal Lecter famous.