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I’m a criminologist — serial killers lurk in this ‘dangerous place’

British criminologist and true crime author reveals the ideal hunting ground for a serial killer.

Christopher Berry-Dee, who has faced notorious killers, says the Internet has become a powerful tool for criminals to identify victims.

“many men [are] Like serial killer John Edward Robinson, he is the first killer to use the Internet for serial killing purposes. ” told the sun Robinson allegedly murdered eight women between 1985 and 2000.


True crime writer Christopher Verdie says the Internet is a “dangerous place.”
Courtesy Christopher Berry Dee

These killers typically “impersonate other people” to enter online chat rooms and, for example, impersonate businessmen and “return lonely women to their place” to lure and attack them.

“People underestimate the internet. “Whether he’s a swindler or a man who preys on lonely hearts [of] Ladies…it goes back a long time.


John Edward Robinson
John Edward Robinson used online chat rooms to seduce women and was later nicknamed “the Internet’s first serial killer”.

Before dating apps, newspapers had “lonely hearts” columns where people could advertise that they were on the love market.

Harvey Carignan, known as the “Want-Ad Serial Killer,” used paper ads to find victims in need of assistance. he died earlier this month He was serving time in prison for the murders of three women in Minnesota and Alaska nearly 50 years ago.

The “Lonely Hearts Killers” Raymond Martinez Fernandez and Martha Jules Beck are believed to have murdered 20 victims after finding victims in newspapers promoting singles, but both were convicted of one murder. I just received it.

they were Execution at Sing Sing Prison 1951 in New York.


Serial killer Harvey Carignan
Carignan used advertisements in newspapers asking for help to identify and lure victims.

Serial killer Harvey Carignan
The notorious killer died earlier this month at the age of 95.

From print to pixel, Berry-Dee claims that “MO” has remained consistent for decades.

“The Internet is just an extension of that, it hasn’t changed. It’s just that the way we do it is electronic now,” he said, calling the Internet a “dangerous place.”

Chase Seneca used Grindra popular dating app for gay men to find victims, reflecting the horrific crimes of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Last year, Seneca pleaded guilty to kidnapping and attempting to kill a gay man and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

officials say He intended to eat and preserve the bodies of his victims, as Dahmer had done.


John Wayne Gacy mugshot
Gacy was convicted of murdering 33 youths in the Chicago area in the 1970s.
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John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted of murdering 33 youths and boys in the Chicago area in the 1970s, murdered male prostitutes, teenagers who wanted to work for his company, and hitchhikers. targeted.

“Gacy knew where to look,” Berrydee said.

“He knew where these weak people were.”

Despite technological advances, the approach taken by serial killers remains consistent, finding “animal-like hunting grounds” where they know there might be “prey,” he said. Berry-Dee said.

A killer in ambush will “be patient” until it’s time to “attack”.

“They know where their prey is swimming in the shoal. They sniff it out, watch it, and wait,” he continued. A group, who was walking in the rain to a taxi and he was waiting. ”

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