The FBI breaks this tragic event into four categories; Genocide, serial, spree and mass murder. Genocide is the destruction of numerous individuals for religious, personal, political, or ethnic beliefs. Serial homicide’s the slaughtering of 3, or more at different times and locations. Spree murders are when three or more people’s killed in varies areas, with little time between the executions. Mass homicide’s three or more massacres during one event. A mass and spree assassin may prepare for the homicides months in advance, but seldom plans the escape.
There’re several motives behind the executions. Some kill for personal beliefs, or political reasons. Another reason’s revenge. The retaliation isn’t necessarily aimed at their targeted victims, but against others who he feels has wronged him. Revenge seekers collect weapons and often acts, dress like a soldier.
Others include power, self- gratification and fame. The offenders wanting power and control dressed in military gear and use assault rifles during the attack. Self-gratification and fame seekers destroy out of passion, to prevent suffering, or eternal damnation. They’ll be the one responsible for the victim’s well-being, father, husband or leader. Occasionally the perpetrator leaves a note explaining the rationale.
There’s a variation in the profiles because most either commits suicide or is killed by a cop afterwards. If the predator’s captured, they’ll show no remorse, display a callous who cares attitude, giving the police little assistance.
Some studies show the assassin comes from a broken home and may, or may not have a mental disease. The killer’s usually a white male, ranging between the ages of 20- 30, a few in their 40’s and 50’s. He generally stays to himself, has few friends and is mobile. They’re good students, don’t have a police record and has never been diagnosed with a mental illness. The crimes he commits stems from years of built up emotions.
Other studies show the mass murders are psychotic, delusional or have depression issues. The target resembles people who wronged them. Sometimes the similarity’s only in the criminals mind. The killing spree may begin after a crisis has occurred. Loss of a family member, partner, job. No drugs or alcohol was consumed beforehand.
The younger perpetrators have few friends’ shows antisocial behavior. They’ve either had a recent loss, was bullied in school and used drugs and/or alcohol before the execution.
The FBI’s grouped the varies assignation techniques into six basic categories, they are; Annihilator, school shootings, disciple, disgruntled employee, Pseudo- command, set and run
ANNIHILATOR Generally the oldest boy kills everyone in the family at the same time. He could wait for the family to arrive, or go to them. Afterwards the criminal commits suicide, or he’ll be killed by an officer. He has mental issues and displays odd behavior. The predator usually doesn’t execute strangers and motive’s unknown.
School Shootings. Most perpetrators are bullied in school, suffered a recent loss, failure and had weapons training. The chosen location’s a place where safety’s taken for granted. This assassin often tells someone about the attack before it occurs. The individual won’t be the victim, or be associated with the area.
Disciple The leader generally stays in one area, but can move to different locations. His victims are chosen randomly, or he selects the ones that symbolize someone. Once the group’s chosen, the originator will order his disciple to either use guns, biological weapons, poison or gas to assassinate his entire crew, leaving himself as the sole survivor.
Disgruntled employee. This occurs after someone lost their job or is placed on leave of absence. The assailants walk around looking for a specific person, slaughtering others who’s in the way. The motive is unreasonable, unfair treatment. Sometimes obsessive-compulsive disorder may be present, but not psychosis.
Pseudo- command. The predator cautiously plans his attack well in advance, while collecting varies weapon. During the planning, he sees the project as a fantasy and will go through different stages. He first believes it’s for revenge, then he see himself as a hero, saving the world. Lastly, the criminal imagines the act and soon after the massacre begins.
He usually has only a few friends and tends to be mobile. The victims are randomly selected. When captured, he’ll believe he’s an icon for attempting to make what he believes is a needed change and hope others will follow his example.
Set and run. This type of killers uses explosives that they plant, designate and run to a safe location. Others might inject poison into consumable items. The motive’s fame.
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