Digital Project Draft: Tracing the Tracks of Serial Killers

Here is a draft of my map of some the most infamous U.S. serial killers. Mainly using newspaper clips from each assault, I’ve been able to track where each killer was and when.

The few difficulties that I have run into, however, include having trouble finding images for a few of the victims, as well as having differing amounts of information on each crimes. However, I think this map does a good job of demonstrating the flaws of geographic profiling.

What remains to be done:

  • Place the page on a wordpress site. This would both support the map, as well as provide some definitions and analysis of geographic profiling.
  • If possible, given timing, I’d like to add one more serial killer to the map. I’m currently considering John Wayne Gacy

One Reply to “Digital Project Draft: Tracing the Tracks of Serial Killers”

  1. Great to see how your project is coming along! I spent some time exploring the map and it seems to be a rather effective way to illustrate the geography of the disturbing trajectories of these serial killers.

    To clarify, what exactly are the pins in each case? Is it where the murders happened or is it where people were taken from. That will likely be something that it would be good to clarify on the accompanying wordpress site.

    When you build out the accompanying wordpress site, it might also be good to create a page for each of the serial killers and embed screenshots of their respective maps. You could then also share a bit about some of your takeaways from going through the process to map all these out.

    Overall this is really coming along well. Looking forward to seeing the final results of your project.

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