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    Victim Selection Types

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    Serial killers usually pursue a particular type of victim. Analyzing the characteristics of a killer's victims can greatly assist the effort to create a typology of the killer.
    •What does "demographics of victimization" mean? How can location relate to the demographics of victimization?
    •Do serial killers with different typologies use the same methods for victim selection?
    •How are the methods used for victim selection by serial killers similar to or different from the methods used by a mass murderer?
    •Consider any of these killers: Aileen Wuornos, Ted Bundy, or Wayne Williams. Discuss how their choice of victims related to their typology. If you were an investigator working on this case, how would you use the victims' characteristics to assist in the investigation?

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    •What does "demographics of victimization" mean? How can location relate to the demographics of victimization?

    Demographics of victimization focuses on lifestyle choices of a victim, their location in regard to where they live, race, sex, and other variables that may make them more prone to victimization. Location relates to demographics of victimization by the amount of crime committed in an area. Although crimes such as drug dealing or drug abuse occur in every neighborhood including affluent sections of a city, because police appropriate more resources and manpower toward urban neighborhoods, the notion of demographics of victimization is much higher in these neighborhoods. Therefore, it is shown on crime statistics that statistically speaking, a person would have a higher probability of being a victim of crime in these neighborhoods as police have responded to or arrested more people for ...

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    Victim Selection is examined. What "demographics of victimization" means is determined.