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    In Hitler's and killing of Jews and other "non-desirables" through genocide in the 1940s...

    1. Does the perpetrator fit into the category of a serial killer or a mass murderer? Justify your answer by referring to the typology and provide two definitions to prove your stance.

    2. Which is the theory that applies best to this particular serial killer or mass murderer? Why?

    3. Is the perpetrator's behavior easily explained by one theory, or do you have to combine one or more theoretical concepts from different theories to explain the violent behavior?

    4. Is the perpetrator a psychopath? Why or why not?

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    Although this was state sponsored mass murder in collusion with the delusions of a mad man, it still resonates as mass murder. One of the most famous case studies of mass murder in history was Hitler and his genocidal regime.

    1. Does the perpetrator fit into the category of a serial killer or a mass murderer? Justify your answer by referring to the typology and provide two definitions to prove your stance.

    This person actually fits the typology of both serial killer and mass murderer because his crimes targeted certain individuals repeatedly while also being committed in massive numbers. The definition of mass murder is typically explained as four or more people killed during the same incident with no distinctive time period between the murders committed in a single location. Many of Hitler's murderous crimes fit this description such as the gas chamber murders while his crimes also fall under serial killings. Serial killers are described as killing three or more people who have common characteristics that would indicate that the same killer was responsible for each crime. Because most of Hitler's victims were Jews, Gypsies, and other "non-desirables" he also falls under this paradigm (FBI, 2012).

    2. Which is the theory that applies best to this particular serial killer or mass murderer? Why?

    The most applicable theoretical perspective is that Hitler was a psychopathic killer with grand delusions and a Napoleon complex. People with this complex feel inferior or less than adequate yet seek gratification through the pain of others. Hitler allegedly had Jewish blood himself, yet he chose to kill millions of Jews because of their supposed inferiority.

    3. Is the perpetrator's behavior easily explained by one theory, or do you have to combine one or more theoretical concepts from different theories to explain the violent behavior?

    You have to combine these theories regarding sociopathic behavior and psychopathic tendencies to explain why Hitler became a mass serial killer.

    4. Is the perpetrator a psychopath? Why or why not?

    He is a psychopath because he chose to kill millions of people and was the catalyst for the worst war in history (regarding number of people killed) yet had no remorse or empathy for his atrocious actions. This lack of remorse is the definition of a psychopath.

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    http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/serial-murder

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