What serial killers look for in a victim: should you be afraid?

One of the common myths about serial killers is that they’re loners, or that they’re easy to spot. However, most are relatively functioning members of society.

We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.

Ted Bundy – one of America’s most notorious serial killers

What serial killers look for in a victim differs from one to the other, but usually every one of them has a type of victim they seek.

The danger is real, but are you the one in danger?

Is it easy to know what serial killers look for in a victim?

The way serial killers select their victims is not something that can be answered easily. Sometimes, their victim type would have no logical explanation at all (for example Paul Stephani’s victims all wore red).

Most commonly, serial killers start not knowing exactly what their victim type is. They begin with some practice murders, going after whoever is available.

These are usually prostitutes or homeless people, since their disappearance doesn’t draw much attention and they wouldn’t be missed before a couple of days.

After serial killers get some experience, they start narrowing down their criteria of whom they wish to kill. They end up developing some image of an “ideal victim” in their head.

This ideal victim can be selected based on race, gender, physical appearance, or some other specific quality.

What serial killers look for in a victim are a combination of being available, accessible and desirable. The general pattern is the same, but it’s hard to spot the specific pattern of every killer.

Serial killings often seem to be completely random at first – victims may have something in common that only the killer easily recognizes. That’s why connecting the dots isn’t always an easy task.

What all serial killers seek

Most serial killers seek dominance over their victims. They love to see the fear in their victims’ eyes and consider murder the ultimate form of dominance over a human being.

You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!

Ted Bundy – one of America’s most notorious serial killers

That’s why serial killers look for people who are vulnerable, allowing them to achieve that feeling of superiority.

With that being said, it’s important to note that most serial killers look for more than just vulnerability. As we already mentioned, some have a specific victim type that makes their pleasure even more intense.

On the other side, some serial killers will feel such a strong compulsion to murder that make them less selective, choosing victims according to who’s more available and accessible to them.

How to protect yourself

By now, you probably realize that every human on Earth is a potential target for serial killers.

Maybe it’s the way you look, or the way you talk, or even the shoes you decide to wear on a certain day! Some serial killers have weird desires and will seek anyone who fits their criteria.

But don’t be afraid, we have some good news. Serial killers are not so common. In fact, they’re exceptionally rare. That’s why your chances of being murdered by one are also low.

However, there are some basic precautions that you can take in order to protect yourself. Not only from serial killers, but also from many other dangers.

  • Be careful who you trust (especially online with strangers). You never know what the real intentions of a certain person is.
  • Remember when your mom used to tell you not to get in the car with someone you don’t know? You should still live by this advice as an adult (except if it’s an Uber of course).
  • Don’t do drugs, they make you an easier more vulnerable target.
  • Try not to be alone in places you don’t know, especially at night.
  • If you’re meeting with a stranger for the first time, try to always make it in a public place.

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Article image by Donn Dughi / State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory