In an attempt to understand the characteristics of assassins a number of researchers have attempted to establish assassin typologies. However there is a considerable amount of controversy around these efforts. James Clarke established 4 typologies in his 1982 text, American Assassins, the Darker Side of Politics:
- Type I - These assassins view their acts as a sacrifice of themselves for a political ideal. These are politically motivated crimes, and while these assassins may attempt to escape after their acts their beliefs, passion and zeal means that capture and death are an acceptable risk.
- Type II - These assassins have an overwhelming and aggressive need for acceptance, recognition and status. These crimes are motivated by their own, personal problems. The assassination may generate the recognition they feel they have been missing in their lives.
- Type III - These assassins are ‘Psychopaths’. They do not exhibit rage or hatred at a particular person; rather, they focus on targets that represent the culture or group as a whole. It is not a politically motivated crime but instead they are contemptuous of normal social convention.
- Type IV - These assassins suffer from mental disorders characterised by hallucinations and delusions of persecution and/or grandeur. Their contact with reality is so minimal that they are unable to understand the gravity of their actions.
(Picture above: Lee Harvey Oswald, charged with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, being led by policemen.)
"I couldn’t stop crying when I heard the news [of Dahmer’s death]" says Theresa Smith, who had visited Dahmer in prison to learn just how her brother Eddie, slain by Dahmer in 1990 at age 28, had died. "I was crying for his parents. For him, because he was murdered. He shouldn’t have been murdered like that."
-Theresa Smith on Jeffrey Dahmer's death.
Jeff-Dahmer, incase you haven’t seen this letter.
My Dearest 4-3-94
Hello Beautiful One! Thank you so much for all of the great letters and cards. I didn’t mean to upset you when I sent that last card. As I’ve said before, the selection of cards in the prison store is very poor and limited, and I’m not allowed to buy cards from the outside. So, with the best of intentions, I sent you that card that someone else had sent to me because I wanted you to have what I thought was a very beautiful card. I could not get one like that any other way, I hope you understand that I wanted to please you; not make you angry! Mary, I’m going to keep this letter short because I’m having a lot of family trouble at the moment, and I’m depressed about it. Now that the garnishment is over, I’m allowed to keep and use any money that is sent to me. My prison account is empty; I have no money left in it! Mary, I need your help, this is important! Would you please send me $100.00 as an early birthday gift as soon as you can!!?? This is my urgent SOS message to you;only you can help me! I love you, you’re always in my thoughts. I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. All my love, Jeff
PS. The “family trouble” is that my mom tried to commit suicide.
Richard Ramirez’s drawing of Jeffrey Dahmer’s refrigerator.
Things happen here about, they don’t tell about. I see things. You see, they say that it’s just an old man talking. You laugh at an old man, it’s them that laughs and knows better.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
before jeffrey dahmer got a job at ambrosia chocolate factory, he was an employee at milwaukee blood plasma centre. without telling anybody, he took home a vile of blood and drank it. he never drank it again because he disliked the taste. (x)
Child soldiers in Vietnam smoke a cigarette together, 1967.
Robert Beausoleil / Bobby Beausoleil / Cupid. Former member of the Manson family, serving his time in Oregon.
Bundy was cremated and his ashes spread over the Cascade Mountains in Washington State
Dahmer was cremated and his parents each received half of his ashes
Ramirez was to go to his family in El Paso Texas, I don’t know any further details on that.
Other cremations include John Wayne Gacy- His sister supposedly has his ashes.
Aileen Wornos- her ashes were given to her BFF Dawn and buried under a tree at her residence in Michigan
Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena, TX
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park
Holy Cross Cemetery
San Diego, Ca
Sing-Sing Prison Cemetery
Ossining, New York
Holy Cross Cemetery
Henry Lee Lucas
Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery
Florida State Prison Cemetery