Twelve professions where serial killers feel right at home

Twelve professions where serial killers feel right at home
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[Ed. – Anatomy of a murderer’s vocation]

Criminologist professor Michael Arntfield has examined details of serial killers over the past five decades and has discovered a pattern: that these killers are more likely to be drawn to some jobs than others.

In his new book, “Murder in Plain English,” Arntfield outlines the top 12 professions that most attract serial killers — and the list is frightening.

The jobs tend to be practical and “facilitate a desire to kill.”

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“[It’s a] combination of mobility, power (whether structural or actual), and the fact many jobs also simultaneously satisfy the underlying paraphilias, or sexual preoccupations, that also fuel killers’ crimes,” Arntfield told IFLScience.

He also suggests that serial killers tend to go for jobs that give them access to people who are more vulnerable and serve as easy prey, including sex workers and shift workers.


The book also reveals that it’s not uncommon for a serial killer to hold a few different jobs. Alleged Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo is believed to have been responsible for at least 12 murders and more than 50 rapes between 1974 and 1986.

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