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Serial Killers

A guide to resources on the topic of serial killers.

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There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.


Listen to a list of qualities that could result in a serial killer. The list includes a neurodevelopmental brain disorder, genes associated with violence, and childhood experiences. Watch an experiment representing how this combination ignites into violence.

In a blind trial, Profesor James Fallon is able to pick out brain scans of serial killers by noting a shared loss of functions in the orbital cortex and temporal lobes. The prefrontal cortex gives a person the ability to feel empathy.

Fallon believes love is key to offsetting genetic psychopathy. He discusses his affectionate upbringing.

Fallon discovers he has a family history of violence. He finds strong similarities between his and a serial killer's brain scans.