Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Alton Parrish (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

The Road to Murder: Why Driving is the Occupation of Choice for Serial Killers

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University writes:

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, John Duffy, David Mulcahy, Fred West, Peter Tobin, Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright: All Serial killers who hunted for their prey on Britain’s roads  

Despite the wealth of academic literature relating to serial murderers, there has been little research into how the occupational choices of these individuals influences their behaviour and subsequent offending.

My research, which has this week been released as a book entitled “The Road to Murder: Why Driving is the Occupation of Choice for British Serial Killers”, addresses this current gap by first examining the occupational history of known British serial murderers and determining if there were any particular work environments that were commonly selected.

Credit: Thinkstock

Through this research process it was determined that there are four particular occupational “groups” that known British serial murderers selected and are described as: ‘Healthcare’; ‘Business’; ‘Public & Personal Service’; and finally ‘Driving & Transient Dependent Work’. It is the latter occupational “grouping” that was the most commonly selected form of employment for known British serial murderers.

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, Fred West, Levi Bellfield and Peter Tobin are all considered to be examples of some of the most horrific cases of serial murder this country has witnessed. What is less known, though, is that they all committed their murders under the guise of their respective occupations. Whilst I understand the attraction of “getting into the mind” of the killer and the fascination into WHY these individuals commit such appalling crimes, as a criminologist I think it is just as important to ask HOW these offenders were able to kill so many people before they were caught.

When examining how such offenders commit their crimes one of the most important factors to consider is access and opportunity. Similar to how Doctor Harold Shipman gained access to his victims by running house visits to his patients, those serial killers who held transient oriented professions were able to gain access to their victims, who were generally sex workers, by the fact that their victims were drawn to the road in order to advertise their sexual services. With this in mind, serial killers such as lorry driver Sutcliffe and fork-lift driver Wright were able to hunt for their victims under the pretence of their occupation – effectively hiding them in plain sight.

Credit: Birmingham City University

Then there are other unique instrumental advantages afforded to these serial killers. For example, these particular killers were able to commit their murders over a wide geographical space, therefore crossing police boundaries and jurisdictions. With such an advantage at their fingertips, serial killers such as Robert Black, who was a delivery van driver, was able to kill in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. When serial killers such as Black kill over a large geographic space it creates something referred to as “linkage blindness”, in which separate Police jurisdictions are investigating different murder investigations – not realising that they are in fact searching for the same killer.

These are just some of the instrumental advantages afforded to these serial killers, and paying careful attention to what occupations serial killers hold may offer some of the answers in how to prevent such cases in the future. My new book, based upon four years of research, seeks to provide some of these answers by demonstrating the link between mobility, transience, recognisance, predatory behaviour and acting out murderous fantasies.

Contacts and sources: 
Dr Adam Lynes
Birmingham City University

Publication title: The Road to Murder: Why Driving is the Occupation of Choice for Britain’s Serial Killers
Author: Adam Lynes.
Publication type: Book (Paperback)
Publication date: 05 April 2017
ISBN number: 9781909976375



Source: http://www.ineffableisland.com/2017/04/the-road-to-murder-why-driving-is.html


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!


Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://mitocopper.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomic.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomics.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse
Loading...

    Comments

    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    MOST RECENT
    Load more ...

    SignUp

    Login

    Newsletter

    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.