Online Class: Serial Killers 101
with CEU Certificate*
Few things captivate the interest of the general public more than serial killers. These individuals are so compelling to us because they seem to be so very different from "the rest of us," yet they live among us – they are neighbors and family members to SOMEONE. We read about them, study them, and see movies about them, all in an effort to see what makes them tick.
There are many myths and truths about serial killers. Which of these do YOU know to be true?
*Serial killers are only motivated by sex.
*Serial killers are compulsive and cannot stop killing.
*All serial killers are insane.
*Serial killers have "red flags" early in life, so we are now able to identify them at a young age.
*Some people are just "born to kill."
*All serial killers can be categorized according to their motive.
In this course, you will be fascinated by twenty serial killers. Some of them are quite infamous – Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam, Ted Bundy – but some are less-known (like Harold Shipman and Aileen Wuornos), but no less compelling. You will learn about their early lives, how they killed their victims, how (and if!) they were caught, and what happened after law enforcement caught up with them. Most interestingly, you will consider psychological elements that shaped the behavior of these men and women, factors motivating them to abduct, assault, torture, mutilate, and kill – multiple times.
A word of warning: The eerie, chilling feeling that you will get while you work on this course may have you securing windows, checking to see that doors are locked, and turning on extra lighting.
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required
What Makes a Serial Killer?
Jack the Ripper
Albert Desalvo (The Boston Strangler)
The Zodiac Killer
John Wayne Gacy
Donald Harry "Pee Wee" Gaskins
David Berkowitz: Son of Sam
Dennis Rader "BTK"
Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker"
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo "The Butcher of Rostov"
All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.
Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.
|Lesson 1 Exam||10|
|Jack the Ripper||25|
|Lesson 2 Exam||10|
|Lesson 3 Exam||9|
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|Lesson 7 Exam||10|
|John Wayne Gacy||25|
|Lesson 8 Exam||10|
|Lesson 9 Exam||10|
|Donald Harry 'Pee Wee' Gaskins||25|
|Lesson 10 Exam||10|
|Lesson 11 Exam||10|
|Lesson 12 Exam||9|
|Using the Format from Lesson #1, Please tell us about Dennis Rader.||25|
|Lesson 13 Exam||10|
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|Lesson 15 Exam||10|
|Lesson 16 Exam||11|
|Lesson 17 Exam||10|
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|Lesson 20 Exam||10|
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