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Topics in Criminal Justice: Serial Killers

I just found out that I’ve been given a partial Perkins loan ($750) to pay for more than half of my 2 summer courses. Woot! I’m so super stoked. I like psychology- but I’m madly passionate about criminology– it really is my thing.

This is what my textbook looks like for my (serial killers) course:sk classIn Forensic Anthropology, we’ll be studying human remains in disaster settings, as well as reconstructing crime scenes. It’s going to be an interesting semester. 🙂

22 responses

  1. Congrats on the loan!
    And that book looks very intruiging. My uncle worked the job, but he never wants to talk about it, but he is a perfect company on my Discovery ID binges.

    June 12, 2015 at 5:19 am

    • I imagine so. 🙂 Shoot, I’d talk about it. My kids and I sit around talking about serial killers like we’re discussing breakfast. And thanks, by the way. I’m super excited about this semester. Good seeing you- as always, O! :0)

      June 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      • Great to hear from you, I think some of my previous comments didn’t pass :/
        And ye, my uncle is weird. On the few ocassions he did try to talka bout this stuff, he got really weird looks from the rest of the family, so I guess he reckoned Hey, maybe some mobsters brain splattered on the backseat of his limo is not a good topic for dinner! 😀 Sucks, cause Id love to hear all of his stories.

        June 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      • Haha…I would’ve been all up in his grill! At least he had an enthusiastic ear in you. :0) Because you and I are so much alike, I’m betting you’d make an excellent criminologist! (Just get that feeling. ;0)

        June 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      • When I was younger I wanted to be just like him. My mother also works for police, and my grandfather was the chief of police, but my uncle was the only one who was an inspector and worked on cases outside of an office.
        In a way I feel sad I did not pursue this as a carier choice, but you never know?
        Right now I am finding it mega excited to follow you on your journey! 🙂

        June 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

      • Hey, I was battling the government (who took two of my children from me 20+ years ago- it was the fight of my life that went on for more than a decade. My two oldest children never came home again- but it worked some fierce stuff into me. I had to quit school back then and didn’t return for more than 20 years.) I say all of this to say, it’s never too late. Back then, I was studying to be a nurse. it wasn’t in the cards, because I wasn’t called tot be a nurse. 😉 I was called for much better things- but I had to go through absolute hell to have it carved into me FIRST. So…always know that you’re never too old/it’s never too late to start new chapters in your life. Ad I say that to one of the greatest writers I’ve ever known!. x

        June 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      • Thank you very much for your words, you are an inspiration to me.
        On a sidenote, you look so damn gorgeous it is sometimes hard to process you are not my age or younger, I constantly have to remind myself! 🙂

        June 15, 2015 at 6:05 am

      • Hey, I’m going to be 46 this September. That’s ancient! Ha… really though. Here’s the best beauty secret you could ever know: cry just as much as you laugh. The tears are loaded with salt, and salt is a preservative. It keeps your eye skin moisturized all around the eyes better than anything store bought and the tears keep the soul clean and young just as the laughter does. ;0) But thanks for the compliment! 🙂

        June 15, 2015 at 1:55 pm

  2. Urp. Better you than me. Glad you found some $$.

    June 12, 2015 at 7:13 am

    • You’re right about that, Maggie. I’ve seldom met a person who’s spent as much personal time researching serial killers as I have. It’s a lifelong thing. I’m glad I received at least a partial loan too! I was going stir crazy laying around the house. NOT GOOD.

      June 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

  3. Yay!! Glad you got the partial loan! The class looks super interesting…I might be kind of scared to study it by myself at night, but I am a wuss 😀 Or, maybe its the fact that people, can be 80 million times scarier than any alien or monster or ghost. HA!

    Anyway, I’m glad to see you are doing well and doing something you enjoy so much! I feel like I’ve been MIA for a while and have missed you! 🙂

    June 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    • I’ve sorely missed you too, Amy. But I’m betting you’re doing fairly well lately with conditions A & B- haha… and you know, studying this stuff CAN be scary, but even scarier than that (to me) is knowing that these people are all around. At the grocery store, the gas station- they look like the everyday guy (and occasionally, gal). Studying them- year after year- has allowed me to never forget to be SAFE. And always on my guard. 😉 Now I’m considering moving closer to their world and interviewing them and doing individual case studies and such. It’s like breathing to me- I’ve been doing it so long. Definitely very interesting stuff though! It’s always good to see you!! xo

      June 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  4. elmediat

    Fascinating material, frightening, but still very intriguing. Do not know if you study the Canadian situation or are familiar with it. We have a terrible number of missing aboriginal women and girls. It is likely that societal indifference and lack of institutional/government resolve means that there are any number of serial killers getting away with murder.

    On top of this we are only now confronting the cultural genocide inflicted on generations of First Nations children at government supported/sanctioned residential schools. We have so many “Missing” children – unaccounted for deaths. It is a stain on the Canadian soul and the Harper Conservatives tough on crime agenda does not seem to include interest in laying these crimes against humanity to rest. Government much more concerned about controlling access to medical marijuana and photo-ops .

    June 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

    • You know, I’m really glad you brought this up. I wrote a research paper (10+ pages with like- 14 citations) on the Aboriginal Genocide. it was riveting. I had no idea, and again, I had no idea it affected Canada at all! Wow. I know there’s an extremely high rate of both homicide and genocide among the victims; that might make up for some of the deaths- but I’m totally interested in this peculiar rate of deaths among the people! Perhaps with the heightened drug use among that area and situation- it enables more (men) people to commit the murders as a result. I may have to post my research paper for you here. The facts are enlightening, to say the least.

      June 18, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      • elmediat

        This is happening in the urban areas Vancouver & Winnipeg are notorious these are white predators . Living in third world condition, First nations people head to the cities for a “better life”. Without the proper education ( don’t get me started on how the government mishandles that) and coming from small isolated communities they fall into the traps of poverty.
        Any native woman is a potential victim – well educated or not, because the authorities (police) see it as just another one.

        New database lists 824 murdered, missing native women in Canada – includes graph-chart and map

        The Canadian soul is stained with their blood and grief and our authorities drag their feet. It leaves me hear-sick & disgusted. I am hoping the next government will be Thomas Mulcair’s NDP will breakthrough and then just maybe the party that brought us National Health Care will bring social justice.

        June 18, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      • Wow, I had absolutely no idea about any of this. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention and for providing links to. I remember feeling great anger when I was researching the Aboriginal Genocide (which I also referred to as the Aboriginal Holocaust) and yes, so many people were thrown away, carelessly, as if they were trash. And we know that usually (not always, but usually)- with societal poverty great tragedy for many- crime rates sky rocket because of the increased substance abuse, prison stints, etc. and so it’s no surprise that the lower down the totem pole we go, the more windows that open for crime/murder/etc. You’ve got my interests piqued, however and I’ll be sure to include this Canadian region in my Aboriginal studies- thanks again! And yes, let’s hope for NEW CHANGE and even just a single drop of humanity in new politicians’ hearts for these victims. x

        June 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

      • elmediat

        This just popped up on the CBC News .

        Aboriginal women continue to be overrepresented among Canada’s missing and murdered women, says the RCMP in a new report to update Canadians on the force’s efforts to address unresolved cases of missing and murdered native women.

        Between May 2014 when last year’s report was published and April 2015, 11 more aboriginal women disappeared in regions over which the RCMP has jurisdiction.

        As of April 2015, 174 aboriginal women across all police jurisdictions remain missing, 111 of these under suspicious circumstances.

        You may find this post on my Media Literacy blog of interest.

        and this one Media Literacy post from Implied Spaces.

        Sorry, I’ll try to stay on more cheerful topics next time I visit-comment.

        June 19, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      • Thanks again for the info. (and the links), El. :0)

        June 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  5. As much as I love a good murder mystery, I just am not sure about the studying of human remains. Like I could not do it hahahah. But I find it awesome that you can! If you do not believe me you will in a second… my boyfriend got a manican head from Goodwill. Like the kind with hair and everything. (he buys the most random crazy shit). Anyway, he tells me he bought it for his dad to play jokes on and he then tells me he is going to show it to me. He hands me a gab with what looks like a head in it in the car. I about lose it. I give it back to him and say no I do not want that!!! He pulls it out and I am like …. well basically a bunch of cuss words followed by THAT IS NOT FUNNY PUT IT UP !!!! . Yeah so the human remains thing… I dont think it is in my future 🙂

    July 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    • I get that a lot. 😉 What creeps most people out, actually interests me. But it’s the psychology if it all too, you know? But also, you have to consider my background. My Dad was a former cop (and a serious armchair detective) and so I grew up on a steady diet of “Tue Detective” magazines, which showed 100% uncensored grizzly crime scenes. They were horrendous. But that’s imbedded into my psyche. So, in a weird way, that’s “normal” to me. Also though, I have a deep-seeded hatred for anybody that can do those things to another human being. They lack REVERANCE for human life, so…I have a strong desire to track them down and do what I can to put ’em away. If I can’t do THAT, I at least want to interview them and study them so that I can contribute what I know to help other people to not be victimized.

      Still, I would’ve been freaking creeped out by the head in the car too! 😉

      July 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm

  6. bipolarbarbieq

    I love how similar our interests are.

    July 9, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    • I know! I was torn between being a mental health counselor/therapist and working with criminally insane men and women on death row and especially, locked away in solitary confinement/ AD. SEG. I think I want to go where the least help is available (prisons/solitary confinement) and try to do the most good. ;0) But yeah, we’ve got a lot of similarities, both in AND out of school.

      July 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm


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