The American writer and producer Shirley Lynn Scott discusses the nature of the serial killer in her text Monster or Victim? Furthermore, she raises the question whether the serial killer is, as the title implies, the monster or the victim. Read the text and create a Wanted-poster for the stereotypical serial killer based on the information presented in the text. You might be inspired by the Wanted poster for the Zodiac Killer.
The video in the following task is a TED-Talk by American neuroscientist James H. Fallon. Watch the video and consider Fallon's use of the forms of appeal as well as his personal experiences. Your answer is not necessarily to be reviewed, but you must write down some of your reflections on the subject, and you must be prepared to share them in class or smaller groups.
These are instructions for an approximately three-lesson student-driven project on the subject of serial killers. In groups you are to prepare a presentation on a serial killer of your own choice. Your presentation must be at least 10-15 minutes long.
Research: Conduct a thorough research of your serial killer and remember to use as credible sources as possible and to cite the sources.
A problem formulation: You must create a problem formulation that is based on Bloom's taxonomy. Your problem formulation must seek to incorporate themes and terms related to the general subject such as good vs. evil/monster or victim, neuroscience, psychological motives, childhood trauma/abuse, cooling off period etc.
Presentation: The presentation must be at least 10-15 minutes long including video sequences, intros, breaks etc. and must of course be presented in English. All group members must participate verbally in the presentation.
Log book: After each lesson you must update a Google docs (please forward it to email@example.com) that details your work during the lesson. It does not have to be thorough. Notes, scribbles, lists, ideas etc. are more than welcome.
Cue-cards: Try to bring printed or written cue-cards for your presentation, instead of your computers.
Description: This is a 16-minute podcast produced by Phoebe Judge and Criminal. Working as a reporter for a TV station in New Hampshire, Kevin Flynn was covering the capture and arrest of a female serial killer named Sheila LaBarre. As he grew more and more obsessed with LaBarre’s story, Flynn decided to write her a letter. She wrote back. Their correspondence became flirtatious, and eventually he went to visit her in person.
Task: You must conduct a group discussion (and supply notes) in which you discuss the following subjects:
How does the typical characteristics of a serial killer fit Sheila Labarre? Some of the characteristics are directly presented in the podcast, but for other things you might have to do a bit of research on Labarre and her crimes. Her Wikipedia page provides a quick overview.
Why do you think people, such as Kevin Flynn in this episode, becomes fascinated by serial killers?
Description: Song of Joy is a song by Australian artist Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The song is taken from the record Murder Ballads (1996), which feature 65 victims dying on 10 songs.
Task: Listen to Song of Joy and analyse the song focusing on some of the concepts from poetry and song analysis. You must write down your analysis or at least keywords for your analysis, so that you are able to talk about the song and the analysis in class.
The song itself is also a bit of a riddle. Can you figure out who the murderer is?
Instructions: Follow the link here to obtain information on the court case against detective Mills of David Fincher's Se7en. You will be presented with a role in class before hand.
Instructions: You must read the excerpt, chapter one, of the American writer Philip Carlo's novel The Night Stalker - The life and crimes of Richard Ramirez from 1996, and afterwards answer the questions.