Victim Studies

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


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Victim Studies 013: Paul Bernardo

on February 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

Paul Bernardo, otherwise known as Paul Jason Teate, is a serial killer who was charged with two first-degree murder charges, two sexual assaults, two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of kidnapping and one count of performing an indignity on a human body. He was found guilty on September 1,…

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Victim Studies 012: Beverly Allitt

on February 20, 2012 at 7:23 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Beverly Allitt was charged for murdering 4 children and injuring 9 others. While employed at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire, it is believed that Allitt began her murder series in 1991, at the age of 23, and was caught 59 days later in England. Although she was convicted for murdering…

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Victim Studies 011: Robin Gecht

on February 8, 2012 at 7:07 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

Robin Gecht was not found guilty of committing any murders, but was found guilty of attempted murder, rape, deviate sexual assault, aggravated battery and armed violence in the United States. Although Gecht was not charged with murder, he is suspected have murdered at least 7 people and to have been…

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Victim Studies 010: Joel Rifkin

on January 30, 2012 at 8:08 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Joel Rifkin is known for being New York’s most notorious serial killer. Rifkin was formally charged for the murders of nine women, but is suspected of and confessed to the murders of 17 women. His known murder series spanned from 1989, at the age of 30, until his arrest in…

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Victim Studies 009: Robert Pickton

on January 19, 2012 at 7:56 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Robert Pickton was found guilty for the murder of six women in British Columbia, Canada. Although he was charged with second-degree murder for murdering the six women, it is believed that he murdered over 60 people during his murder series. Pickton’s known murder series is thought to have spanned from…

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Victim Studies 008: Jeffrey Dahmer

on January 6, 2012 at 7:24 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 3 Comments

Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted for the murders of 15 people in the United States, though it is believed that he was involved in 17 murders. Dahmer’s murder series began when he was 18, on June 6, 1978, and continued until June 19, 1991. Dahmer was arrested on July 22, 1991…

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Victim Studies 007: John Wayne Gacy

on December 27, 2011 at 7:40 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

John Wayne Gacy was convicted for murdering 33 people in the United States, but may have been involved in additional murders. Gacy’s known murder series is thought to have spanned from 1972, at the age of 30, until his arrest in 1978. There is still an ongoing investigation into Gacy’s…

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Victim Studies 006: Christopher Wilder

on December 6, 2011 at 7:41 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 12 Comments

Christopher Wilder, otherwise known as the Beauty Queen Killer, was involved in the murders of 8 people, but may have been involved in many more. Wilder began his murder series in February of 1984, in the United States, though some argue that he may be involved in the unsolved Wanda…

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Victim Studies 005: Andrei Chikatilo

on November 15, 2011 at 7:26 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Andrei Chikatilo, otherwise known as the Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper and The Rostov Ripper, was charged with the murders of 52 women, men and children. It is believed that Chikatilo began his serial series in Russia, 1978 and continued until January of 1990. Chikatilo confessed to 56 murders,…

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Victim Studies 005: Richard Trenton Chase

on November 8, 2011 at 7:46 am in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

Richard Trenton Chase was charged with first degree murder for the killing of six people. Chase’s serial series is began in 1977, at the age of 27 and continued until 1978 in California. This serial series lasted 3 months before he was apprehended. Although it is believed that all of…

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