Types of Serial Killer Motivations

Gallery Of Types of Serial Killer Motivations

Types of Serial Killer Motivations

Types of Serial Killer Motivations

Back in 1988 Holmes and DeBerger theorised that, a serial killer does not simply go out and murder a bunch of people: there is ALWAYS a reason.

That reason may not make sense to us, and is certainly not justified by the following motivations, but the list helps us to understand the mind of a murderer a little better.

For the purposes of writing, this list of serial killer motivations may serve to spark some inspiration about why your killer has taken a life: are they psychotic? are they seeking revenge? are they being paid to do so?

Scroll to the end for a handy infographic you can keep to refer back to later!

Types of Serial Killer Motivations

The ‘Visionary Motive’ Serial Killer

This killer sees visions or hears messages that give them the rationale to commit murder. For example, they may hear a voice telling them to kill someone, believing that this voice is a ‘higher power’.

This type of motivation is very rare and the killer is often suffering from psychosis.

The ‘Mission Oriented Motive’ Serial Killer

This killer feels they are tasked with eliminating a specific social group or are seeking revenge in some way.

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