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The Role of Fantasy in Mass and Serial Murder

Abstract This dissertation examines how violent fantasizing influences the behavior of a brutal sub-class of murderers--mass and serial killers. Specifically, fantasy gives the perpetrator a profane catharsis due to his or her inability to cope with reality. The researcher identified, four common fantasy scripts: (Revenge Fantasy; Sexual, Sadistic and Misogynistic Fantasy; Suicidal-Homicidal Ideation; and Search for Validation through Infamy and Media Attention Fantasy) that more or less, play into the motivations and actions of mass and serial killers. Thus, it is important to understand why and how the killer moves from an all-consuming imaginative space to actually harming others. The methodology used for this research was "ethnographic ... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Murray, Jennifer Lynn (Author) / Johnson, John M (Advisor) / Altheide, David L (Committee member) / Cox, Ronnie R (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Fantasy / Homicide / Mass / Multiple / Murder / Serial
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 256 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Justice Studies 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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