Intro to Criminology
Serial Killer Paper (see syllabus for due date)
Worth 50 pts
Follow Writing Expectations provided on Canvas
The length of the paper should be 2 – 3 pages (I will deduct points for each subsequent
Please double space your paper.
Please use a 12 point font (preferably
Times New Roman
, Arial, or another plain text font).
Margins must be set at 1” all around.
Include page numbers
Paper must be uploaded as a PDF or Word doc (I will not grade assignments I cannot
As stated in your syllabus: Papers are expected to exhibit thoughtful reflection of topics
presented and therefore should be written in a scholarly manner. Any students
submitting assignments containing email/ text messaging lingo and/or abbreviations will
immediately lose half credit
on the assignment. If you have any questions about
what constitutes “email/ text messaging lingo and/or abbreviations” please check in with
*This subject matter can be very disturbing. If you think you will find the subject matter
too difficult to handle, please contact me (at least one week before the due date) for an
alternate paper assignment.
Read the list of Signs of a Serial Killer available on Canvas. Then follow the link on Canvas to
the Crime Library and select “Serial Killers”. Pick a serial killer to read about. You can also do
an online video search on YouTube for the A&E biographies on Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, or
Gary Heidnick, Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy, etc. Either way, do research on the life and crimes
of one specific serial killer.
Use the following guidelines to write and structure your paper. Remember to use APA style
parenthetical citation when directly quoting (Author, year of publication, page number) and when
paraphrasing (Author, year of publication). You do not need a title page or abstract, but please
sure to cite where your information is coming from using APA parenthetical citations.
Begin your paper with a brief Introduction letting the read know who you will be
researching and a quick overview of his/ her life and crimes.
Describe the life and crimes of your serial killer in detail. Which signs from the
list do you think apply to your serial killer? Explain how they apply.
Intro to Criminology
Select 2 of the 6 broad theories of crime discussed in your text (Ch 4 – Rational
Choice Theory, Ch 5 – Trait Theory, Ch 6 – Social Structure Theory, Ch 7 – Social
Process Theory, Ch 8 – Social Conflict, Critical Criminology, and Restorative
Justice, and Ch 9 – Developmental Theories) and explain how they apply to the
serial killer you researched.
Conclude your paper by telling the reader if you think serial killers are born or
made. Is there anything society can do to rehabilitate them? (This is your
opinion, so no citation is necessary for this part).
Works Cited Page:
APA Style – see APA link on Canvas
This does not could towards your total page count
You will be graded on both the quality and content of your paper. Papers should be free of
grammatical and spelling errors. Papers should be coherent and cohesive, demonstrating
organized understanding of the materia
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