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The victim's perceived role in Mass Murders and Demographics

No one wants to be the victim of a crime, let alone the victim of a serial killer or mass murderer. However, scientific studies show that victims do play a role in their selection and facilitation.

What does "demographics of victimization" mean? Who created the Concentric Circle theory, and how does it relate to the demographics of victimization?

If you were a forensic investigator, how would you utilize demographics in the search for a serial killer? Would you use the same demographics in the search for a mass murderer? Why or why not?

If there were ten different serial killers that fit ten different typologies/profiles, would they all use the same methods for victim selection? How are the methods used for victim selection by serial killers similar or different to methods used for mass murderer victim selection?

What measures has your country taken to help lessen the possibility that you will become a victim? After reading about a highly publicized serial or mass murder case in the media, what steps, if any, have you taken personally to avoid becoming a victim?

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What does "demographics of victimization" mean? Who created the Concentric Circle theory, and how does it relate to the demographics of victimization?

Ernest Burgess created Concentric Circle theory and it is predicated upon different rings that envelope the city center. Demographics of victimization purports that those living within the inner city ring of the Concentric Circle are more prone to victimization because of the high rates of crime and poverty in these areas. Inner city residents have higher chances of becoming victims of crime because of the circumstances of where they live, which include low employment, under-funded education, and lack of social services. These conditions within this ring that is surrounded by outer rings of affluence such as suburbs and upper class commuter zones are exacerbated by the recognition of affluence and wealth unattainable to those living within ...

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This solution posits whether victims and their behavior or activities can facilitate them becoming more susceptible to victimization of serial and mass killers.

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