Episode Twenty: Serial Killer Myths
Much of the information that the public knows about serial killers has come from Hollywood movies and television programs, which have been exaggerated and dramatized for entertainment purposes, resulting in a significant amount of misinformation.
But it's not only the public that fallen prey to inaccurate information concerning serial killers. The media and even law enforcement professionals, who have limited experience with serial murder, often believe the myths generated by the fictional portrayals in movies.
According to the FBI, this can hinder investigations when there is a serial killer loose in the community. The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit has published a report, "Serial Murder - Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators," which attempts to dispel some of the myths about serial killers.
This week Ali, Charlie and special guest host, Esther from Once Upon A Crime podcast discuss if there is any truth to these common myths about serial killers.