The Social Construction of a Serial Killer

  title={The Social Construction of a Serial Killer},
  author={Ross M. Bartels and Ceri Parsons},
  journal={Feminism \& Psychology},
  pages={267 - 280}
Much psychological research examining the serial killer has adopted an essentialist theoretical focus concentrating on the `nature' of the individual who commits the murder. This study, in contrast, aims to analyse the talk of a serial killer using principles taken from discursive psychology. A courtroom transcript concerning the confession to 10 murders by the serial killer, Dennis Rader, was analysed. The transcript was read and reread in order to examine how the killer drew upon popular… Expand
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  • T. Auburn, S. Lea
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The British journal of social psychology
  • 2003
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