Suicide is an uncommon cause of death for a serial killer. Lester and White identified a number of factors which may help to predict which serial killers will commit suicide. The authors are from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.


Subject selection: serial killer


Risk factors associated with childhood:

(1) severely dysfunctional home

(2) maternal and/or paternal mental illness

(3) seductive mother


Risk factors associated with sexuality:

(1) sexual dysfunction

(2) deviant or bizarre sexual acts with murder victims

(3) history of sex crime arrest


Other risk factors:

(1) history of attempted suicide (most significant predictor)

(2) videotaped murder(s)

(3) drugged victims

(4) married at some point

(5) organized


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