Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Re: Serial Killers With Popular Names Overrated?
Serial killers are different because they target people at random and seemingly without motive, putting the entire general public at risk. Most 'regular murders' have basic motives such as a drug buy gone wrong, gang warfare, robbery, revenge, or whatever...
So detectives try to piece together a profile and get the word out so if the killer is targeting say young college women then they can alert them specifically.
The nickname is just to help sell a newspaper and provide a convenient label (usually involving the M.O.) because they don't know the killers real name because they are still at large.
I don't see this as glorifying at all because the public needs to be alerted to be safe. Of course however a bold faced nicknamed serial killer on the front page helps sell papers, but so do other things such as wars and disastrous weather...that's just basic journalism, report the hot stories.
If there were no coverage then certain safety precautions, which could prevent someone from becoming a victim, might not be taken.