The jobs serial killers are most likely to work in

2018-05-16 16:02
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After the alleged Golden State killer was arrested last month, many people were shocked by the fact he had worked as a policeman.

But according to criminologist Michael Arntfield, police work attracts serial killers.

Arntfield argues in his book Murder in Plain English that certain jobs attract serial killers and he developed this theory based on patterns which have emerged in the past 50 years, reports Metro UK.

Serial killers may be attracted to these jobs because they satisfy their underlying mental disorders – or for chillingly practical reasons, says Arntfield.

He told IFLScience that killers choose jobs due to a combination of “mobility, power (whether structural or actual), and the fact many jobs also simultaneously satisfy the underlying paraphilias, or sexual preoccupations, that also fuel killers’ crimes.”

Arntfield lists the following as jobs that serial killers are most likely to work in:

Skilled jobs

1. Aircraft machinist/assembler

2. Shoemaker/repair person

3. Automobile upholsterer.

Semi-skilled jobs

1. Forestry worker/arborist

2. Truck driver

3. Warehouse manager

Unskilled jobs

1. General labourer

2. Hotel porter

3. Petrol pump attendant

Professional jobs

1. Police

2. Army

3. Religious official

Professional and Government jobs:

1. Police/security official

2. Military personnel

3. Religious official

In an article he wrote on the news site The conversation, Arntfield clarified that not everyone occupying these jobs is a serial killer, nor are they likely to become one.

But there’s something about these jobs that’s “inherently appealing to offenders”.

“Or that otherwise cultivates the impulses of serial killers-in-waiting and causes them to be curiously over-represented among this rare breed of murderer,” Arntfield says.

Sources: The conversation, Metro UK, IFLScience, National Post

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