Kate on the Serial Killer

Serial Killers

English: Mary Ann Cotton (October 1832 – 24 Ma...
English: Mary Ann Cotton (October 1832 – 24 March 1873) was an English serial killer believed to have murdered up to 20 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first question to be asked is what are serial killers? I have heard, through movies, television shows and books, a variety of different descriptions.

I wanted to see whether my characters fit into this mould.

So a serial killer is someone who commits at least three murders but who has a non active phase in between each kill. The non active phase is what differentiates a serial killer from a spree killer.

Working alone is usual and strangers are often the victims. A serial killer tends to kill for the sake of it rather than as a result of an emotion such as anger or passion. There are a number of ways to break down the serial killers type and rather than list them all, when the information is so readily available elsewhere on the web, I thought I would simply determine which categories my main killer fit into. It was an interesting search.

From the information I have read on the subject my main killer appears to be the hedonist variety, getting a thrill out of what she does. She also fits the organized and non social category but is clearly not male and does not victimise a particular gender.

A Notorious Serial Killer


Serial killer H.H. Holmes
Serial killer H.H. Holmes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




It has been interesting to do the research on these types of characters and that, without knowing he was America’s first serial killer, the idea for the book came from H.H.Holmes.

I have written a previous blog on H.H.Holmes and how it inspired the idea for this book if you want more information.

Disturbing Realisation

It is, however, somewhat disturbing that I wrote this character before I even began to research serial killers.  That, without knowing the characteristics before hand and the profiling information, I wrote a specific type of serial killer. It could be the movies I have watched or books I have read that provided the background information I needed. It could even be that I picked it up whilst studying my degrees although they were more about the crime scene itself and investigating the evidence. Whatever the reason I am both pleased and disturbed by my character. Perhaps I will introduce you to her soon.


Sweet Dreams

Kate xxx