Serial Killers in the News

Serial Killers in the News

Darren Deon Vann, the 43-year-old convicted sex offender and former Marine who confessed to killing seven women whose bodies were found in Gary is the latest serial killer in the news.

So far, only four of Vann’s victims have been found, with two of them identified. Vann helped police find the bodies after he was arrested for the strangulation murder of Afrikka Hardy, 19, in a Hammond, Indiana, hotel. Three other victims have been identified as Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, who had been missing since Oct. 8, as well as Teaira Batey, 28, and Christine Williams, 36. Vann has been charged in the deaths of Hardy and Jones.

Vann told police he wore white gloves as he strangled Hardy with his hands and an extension cord, officials said. He then put her body in the bathtub of the motel room, turned on the shower, and left.

Vann’s ex-wife claims she was surprised and shocked and that she never knew him to be violent. He was a member of the neighborhood watch where he lived and his neighbors said he was quiet and a pretty good neighbor.

This particular killer seems to favor strangulation then sexual assault. This behavior is similar to that of the Boston Strangler.

It’s interesting to view these killers from a distance but scary to think about how they can hide in plain site in our neighborhoods until they finally make a mistake and get caught.

In the case of Vann, there seems to be no remorse and he seemed to be planning more murders, saying he had not used the robe tie found in his apartment “to kill anyone yet,”  but noted that the tie “was going to be his next weapon.”

What do you think makes a potential serial killer snap and actually start a killing spree? Do you think there is anything society can do to prevent these killing sprees?

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