Julia Thomas

Julia Thomas

Sociology

"Individual Demographic Characteristics of Serial Homicide Perpetrators their Influence on Perpetrators' Mobility Patterns"

Serial homicide is a topic that has gripped both academia and the public alike.  While significant research has been done on this topic, a substantial proportion of it has been descriptive rather than analytical research.  Mobility patterns of serial murderers have been particularly been understudied in the literature.  The goal of my research project is to understand what influence individual demographic characteristics of perpetrators may have on the mobility patterns of serial murderers.  To answer this question I will quantitatively study the relationship between individual offender demographic statistics on American serial homicide perpetrators’ geographic mobility in the twentieth century. This research is important, not only because of the relative lack of research on serial murderers, but also because of the potential policy implications that could result from it.