Serial Killers with Military Experience: Applying Learning Theory to Serial Murder

Scholars have endeavored to study the motivation and causality behind serial murder by researching biological, psychological, and sociological variables. Some of these studies have provided support for the relationship between these variables and serial murder. However, the study of serial murder co...

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Published in:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Main Author: Castle, Tammy L.
Contributors: Hensley, Christopher (Author)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2002
In:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Year: 2002, Volume: 46, Issue: 4, Pages: 453-465
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Summary:Scholars have endeavored to study the motivation and causality behind serial murder by researching biological, psychological, and sociological variables. Some of these studies have provided support for the relationship between these variables and serial murder. However, the study of serial murder continues to be an exploratory rather than explanatory research topic. This article examines the possible link between serial killers and military service. Citing previous research using social learning theory for the study of murder, this article explores how potential serial killers learn to reinforce violence, aggression, and murder in military boot camps. As with other variables considered in serial killer research, military experience alone cannot account for all cases of serial murder. Future research should continue to examine this possible link
ISSN:0306-624X