Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1on October 21, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by Brian Combs
This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit.
Dr. Norris’ “Phases of Serial Murder” are 7 psycho-emotional states that a serial murderer progresses through. They attempt to explain how and why the offender kills again and again.
It most closely aligns with the profile of a sexual murderer, but has some overlap with other forms of recreational killers as well.
It will take us two episodes to get through this topic. We’ll look at the first four phases this week, and the last three next week.
Mentioned in this Episode: Christopher Wilder, Ed Gein, Jerry Brudos, Derek Percy, Donald Gaskins, William Heirens, Henry Lee Lucas, Edmund Kemper, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Carlton Gary, Richard Biegenwald, Bobby Joe Long, Arthur Shawcross, Gary Ridgway, Richard Ramirez, Fred West, Harvey Glatman, Wayne Williams, Richard Cottingham, Dean Corll, Charlene Gallego, Gerald Gallego, Dorothea Puente, Angelo Buono, Kenneth Bianchi, Kenneth Allen McDuff
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“Serial Killers” by Joel Norris
“Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters” by Peter Vronsky
“Serial Murderers and Their Victims” by Eric Hickey
“The Serial Killer Files” by Harold Schechter
“The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers” by Schechter and Everitt
“Sexual Homicide: Patters and Motives” by Ressler, Burgess and Douglas
“What Makes Serial Killers Tick?” by Shirley Lynn Scott on TruTV.com