Serial Killers Analyzed Part 1

January 30, 2017

Stephen J. Giannangelo, as a child, was fascinated by horror film genre, but not in the way most kids love horror films. He was not scared and titillated or shocked. He was drawn to the study of extreme abnormal psychology. Stephen would go on to obtain a Masters in forensic psychology from University of Illinois at Springfield. He was never one to remain in the classroom, Stephen wanted to study these criminals up close and personal. He became a special agent for the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and served on task forces with the Illinois state police and the F.B.I. He is currently an adjunct professor at his Alma Mater, the University of Illinois.

Stephen discussed the many aspects of this field. He tells about the collection of murderbelia or artifacts known to have been owned and or used by known serial killers. He himself has some paintings by John Wayne Gacy that he brings into the classroom for use in the study of persons who commit these crimes.

Stephen explains how a serial killer can use an insanity defense. He illustrates the steps a defense lawyer might take to use this defense.

Stephen had published two books on his field of study, the most recent is Real Life Monsters: A Psychological Examination of the Serial Murder. His first book, published in 1996, was The Psychopathology of Serial Murder: A Theory of Violence.


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3 comments on “Serial Killers Analyzed Part 1

  1. Is there paintings around from Robert berdella that he painted and is it true were there jars of weird stuff buried in the backyard bird with feathers was he in a cult or practice weird things Wicca Maybe

  2. Why is this not talk bout sounds like worse killer ever….do I think there was more victims?? Or any of the other bconspires? some of the pictures I heard berdella was in who was taking the photos then??

    • Gary Jenkins Apr 5, 2017

      Nobody close to investigation really believed anybody else was involved. Berdella was in some of the photos because he was very social and he and the young men he befriended would socialize with other folks, both in the neighborhood and with other mutual friends. He socialized with his victims for months sometimes before he decided to kill them. As far as the worst killer ever, for some reason Berdella has never hit the national consciousnesses like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy John Wayne Gacy, the Hillside Stranglers, the Vampire LA killer and some others.