In reality, those rare few cases with good forensic evidence are the ones that make it to court.
The one noticeable similarity with almost all serial killer victims is their short height and low weight.
Telling the community a serial killer is out there stirs up a lot of unpleasant attention.
Police are reluctant to label a murder as a possible serial homicide.
Serial killing is not about sex at all, but about power and control and revenge on society.
Often, a serial killer has no felony record.
All serial killers want to win. They choose victims they can kill successfully.
Evidence can vary depending on the circumstances, the weather, and how long it has been hanging around.
The accepted definition of a serial killer is a person who kills at least three times with a cooling off period in between his murders.
There are many more serial killers living outside the prison walls than inside.
We assume people we know can't be serial killers.
Outside of dumb luck, the number one way serial killers are caught is through the help of the public.
While there are many wonderful police investigators out there doing some very fine work, the majority of the time it is not brains that catches serial killers.
Serial killers kill for the power and control they experience during the murders and for the added ego boost they get in the aftermath from community fears, media coverage, and the police investigations.
While we are being fascinated by the tales of famous serial killers and how they were brought to justice, the real serial killer goes about his business with hardly a thought to being caught.
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