Part of Lesson Plan: Serial Killers Writing Project
Activity Overview / Details
This Video is about the psychological profile of serial killers and will help students identify serial killers psychological characteristics.
Materials / Resources
- The Real Hannibal Lecter [ Go to Site ] Video on psychological profile of serial killers.
Identified Serial Killers
Ted Bundy Questions:
1. He was an intelligent, handsome man.
2. While in high school he began his "peeping" activities.
3. He also began shoplifting expensive clothes and ski equipment. Bundy felt that to own things such as these was to have power.
4. He later went to college at the University of Washington while working for a suicide hotline.
5. One of his co-workers at the hotline was Anne Rule, who would later write a best seller "A Stranger beside Me" about him.
6. She insists that person saved lives while working at the suicide hotline.
7. The majority of his victims were young women with blond or light brown hair parted in the middle.
8. His last victim was a 12-year-old child.
9. The smooth talking person used several different methods to ensnare his victims, including faking injuries (arm in a sling or leg in a cast), and impersonating a policeman.
10. He often entered the victim's bedroom in the early morning or after midnight.
11. Many of his victims had their skulls crushed, were stabbed, raped, tortured, and had been strangled with nylons or panty hose.
12. He desecrated their bodies and often dismembered them, throwing their remains to wild animals.
13. He confessed to killing twenty-three women between 1974 & 1978, but the official toll may be closer to 100.
14. He was put to death in Florida's electric chair in 1989.
15. Dental forensic evidence of his bite marks on his victims from Florida State University sealed his fate.
Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker) Questions:
1. He avowed devil worshipper, randomly raped and murdered his victims in their homes.
2. Most of his victims lived near freeways.
3. On one day in July 1989, he killed one of his victims, beat and raped the man's wife, and then raped the couple's 8-yearold son.
4. While in eighth grade, he began sniffing glue and smoking marijuana.
5. By the time he began killing, he had graduated to shooting cocaine.
6. He was captured shortly after a fingerprint lifted from a stolen car was linked to the Night Stalker.
7. California's state-of-the-art fingerprint database had been up and running for only three minutes when the match was discovered.
8. His picture was run in newspapers nationwide.
9. When spotted by citizens in a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles, he bolted from a liquor store running nearly two miles. Shortly thereafter a group of people began beating him, until stopped by LAPD.
John Wayne Gacy
1. He was a successful contractor and pillar of his community.
2. He was arrested for the murder of more than thirty young boys.
3. These boys had been sodomized and strangled.
4. They often were tricked into being handcuffed.
5. He buried 28 of his victims in the crawl space under his home.
6. He was put to death by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
1. He was calm, cool, and collected.
2. He invited young boys to his apartment to drink and take pictures.
3. He appeared to be so normal that two Milwaukee police officers actually released one of his fourteen-year-old victims back to him after the victim had escaped and had gone to an area hospital.
4. He killed at least 17 people, by inviting them to his apartment, and then drugging, strangling, and dismembering them.
5. He cannibalized some of his victims as well.
6. A prison inmate killed him.
The Zodiac (unsolved) Questions:
1. Most of his killings took place in the San Francisco Bay Area during a five-year period from 1969 - 1974.
2. He has been positively linked to seven of those deaths. In his letters written to San Francisco newspapers, he claimed to have killed nearly forty people.
3. Kathleen Johns, a woman who was briefly abducted by someone thought to be the this killers work, and later identified this person as her abductor.
4. Pam Huckaby, sister to this serial killers victim Darlene Ferrin, identified him as a man who followed Darlene in the months before her murder
5. He traded his car in five days after Ferrin's murder
6. He lived within three blocks of the location where Paul Stine was murdered in San Francisco.
7. In the summer of 1970, He moved to Lake Tahoe as did possible Zodiac victim, Donna Lass.
8. He and Lass worked in the same building.
9. His name can be clearly discerned in a cipher from April 20, 1970.
1. Lived within blocks of the murders
2. He worked as a projectionist at a silent movie theater.
3. The Zodiac had signed one of his letters as "The Red Phantom", a silent movie.
4. Owned a Royal typewriter and a teletype machine - devices such as these had been used to create messages written to police and the newspapers
5. Owned a car with a stripped reverse gear (as used in the Vallejo attempted murders)
6. Physical appearance - crew cut and similar glasses to the Zodiac
7. Similar handwriting
California Career and Technical Education Standards
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Student Objectives / Goals
Students will be able to identify serial killers and killings. Students will be able to identify types of crimes committed by serial killers. Students will be able generate reports about serial killers. Students will be able to orally identify serial killers as well as use smart board technology.
- Assessment Types:
- Demonstrations, Teacher-Made Test, Observations, Clicker Results
Teacher will observe and monitor activity. Teacher will collect results of the activity from the smart board clickers. Teacher will record the results and generate a report. Teacher will use statistical data and improve or restructure questions to the activity.
- Serial Killer
- 55 Minutes