Rader Confession Quotes “Serial Killer Tradecraft”


Yesterday’s confession by BTK killer Dennis L. Rader in Kansas was a rare public look into the world of serial killers, one the Los Angeles Times ays is “full of tantalizing patterns but governed by a violence that scientists and profilers do not understand.” The terms Rader used to describe his killings – “trolling” for victims, “stalking” his prey – startled former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt. “He’s quoting serial killer tradecraft,” Van Zandt said. “These are the words I would use standing up in front of a class of FBI agents or law enforcement officers talking about serial killers.”

“These are guys with an excessive need for power, dominance, and control,” said Jack Levin of Northeastern University. They don’t seem to be able to satisfy it, he said, in any socially acceptable way. Serial killers tend to feel neglected and passed over. Rader, a city ordinance officer, had been unable to become a cop; Ted Bundy, who killed dozens of women, flunked out of two law schools. Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was stuck in a menial job in a chocolate factory. Killings can be “the fundamental achievements in their entire lives, the high points,” said anthropologist Elliott Leyton of Memorial University of Newfoundland, author of “Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-serial28jun28,1,5477741.story?coll=la-headlines-nat

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