Thesis

Serial homicides compared: the East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker and Richard Ramirez

Thesis (M.S., Criminal Justice)--California State University, Sacramento, 2018.

Due to the scarcity of serial murderers and therefore new data being gathered about them, serial homicide is limited in data. The unsolved serial homicide case of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker was compared with the solved serial homicide case of the Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez. The unsolved case was chosen based on its location, and the solved case was chosen based on three similar variables. Using a comparative case study approach, this researcher completed a content analysis of each of the two serial homicide cases, finding similarities and differences between them. Potential reasons for the identification of one murderer and not the other were discovered.

Due to the scarcity of serial murderers and therefore new data being gathered about them, serial homicide is limited in data. The unsolved serial homicide case of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker was compared with the solved serial homicide case of the Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez. The unsolved case was chosen based on its location, and the solved case was chosen based on three similar variables. Using a comparative case study approach, this researcher completed a content analysis of each of the two serial homicide cases, finding similarities and differences between them. Potential reasons for the identification of one murderer and not the other were discovered.

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