Victim Studies

Victim Studies is a series of articles by Heather Whitney exploring the victimology of serial murder.


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Victim Studies 023: Dennis Rader

on October 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Denis Rader, otherwise known as The BTK Killer, began his murder series in 1974, at the age of 28, and ended in 1991, in Kansas, United States. In 2005, he was found guilty for the murders of ten people and was sentenced to ten consecutive life terms in prison. Before…

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Victim Studies 022: Carl Panzram

on July 23, 2012 at 8:33 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

Carl Panzram was a serial killer whose murder series is thought to have spanned from 1906, at the age of 15, until his arrest in 1928. Panzram was found guilty after he confessed to the murders of 2 boys and 21 men throughout the United States and Angola. He was…

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Victim Studies 021: Raymont Hopewell

on June 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm in Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Raymont Hopewell was found guilty for murdering five people and raping four women in Baltimore, United States. Hopewell’s murder series began in 1999, at the age of 28, and continued until his arrest in 2005. Throughout Hopewell’s murder series he was arrested on several charges including burglary, theft and drug…

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Victim Studies 020: Ivan Milat

on June 4, 2012 at 9:26 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 8 Comments

Ivan Robert Marko Milat, otherwise known as The Backpack Killer or The Backpack Murderer, is a serial killer from Australia whose murder series spanned from 1989, at the age of 45, to sometime in 1992. He was found guilty for the murders of seven people, attempted murder, false imprisonment and…

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Victim Studies 019: Genene Jones

on May 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm in Serial Killers, Victim Studies by | 3 Comments

Genene Jones was charged for murdering one child and injuring another, but is suspected to have murdered between 11 and 46 infants in the United States. It is believed that Jones began her murder series while working in Bexar County Medical Center Hospital and later in a pediatric physician’s clinic…

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Victim Studies 018: Edmund Kemper

on May 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm in Serial Killers, Victim Studies by | No Comments

Edmund Kemper, otherwise known as the Co-ed Killer, was found guilty for the murders of eight people in the Santa Cruz area of the United States. Kemper’s murder series is believed to have started in early May of 1972, at the age of 24, and continued until April 20, 1973….

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Victim Studies 017: Colonel Russell Williams

on April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 2 Comments

David Russell Williams was found guilty for murdering two people, sexually assaulting two women, forcibly confining two women and eighty-two different charges related to breaking and entering in Ontario, Canada. Williams’s murder series began in November 2009, at the age of 46, and ended with his arrest in February of…

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Victim Studies 016: Robert Lee Yates

on April 10, 2012 at 7:38 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 3 Comments

Robert Lee Yates is a serial killer from Washington whose murder series spanned from 1988, at the age of 36, until 1999, but is also known to have murdered prior to his series in 1975, at the age of 23. He was found guilty in 2000 for the murders of…

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Victim Studies 015: Wesley Shermantine

on March 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Wesley Howard Shermantine, otherwise known as one of the Speed Freak Killers, is a serial killer who was charged for the murders of 4 people in the United States. He was found guilty of four murders in 1999 and sentenced to death. Although he was found guilty of four murders…

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Victim Studies 014: Karla Homolka

on March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Karla Leanne Homolka, also known as Leanne Teale, is a serial killer who was found guilty on two counts of manslaughter for the murders of two young women in Ontario, Canada. In 1993, Homolka was only found guilty of manslaughter because the plea bargain that was offered to her to…

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