Online Class: Serial Killers 101


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  • 20
    Lessons
  • 31
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 165
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 12
    Hours
    average time
  • 1.2
    CEUs
 
 
 

Course Description

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.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.7 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(174 votes)

What Makes a Serial Killer?

In this course, you will learn about 19 serial killers. Each lesson contains information about the killer's early life, his or her murders, and psychological elements that were at play. After each lesson, including this one, you will find a 10 question quiz that tests your learning. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Making of a Serial Killer; 12 key traits common in serial killers
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Jack the Ripper

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Jack the Ripper. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Has Jack the Ripper?s Identity Been Revealed?; Jack the Ripper - History, Victims, Letters, Suspects.
  • Complete Assignment: Jack the Ripper
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Edward Gein

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Edward Gein. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: 21 Petrifying Pictures Inside Ed Gein?s House Of Horrors
  • Complete Assignment: Edward Gein
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Albert Desalvo (The Boston Strangler)

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about The Boston Strangler. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Albert DeSalvo Biography; Boston Strangler Case Solved 50 Years Later
  • Complete Assignment: Albert Desalvo
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Edmund Kemper

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Edmund Kemper. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Edmund Kemper Biography; Kemper on Kemper: Where is serial killer Edmund Kemper now and is he alive?
  • Complete Assignment: Edmund Kemper
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Waneta Hoyt

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Waneta Hoyt. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Waneta Hoyt Trial: 1995; Waneta Hoyt ? Serial Killer Of Infants ? Her Own ? All 5 Of Them
  • Complete Assignment: Wanet Hoyt
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

The Zodiac Killer

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about The Zodiac Killer. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Zodiac Killer Biography; Why the Zodiac Killer Has Never Been Identified
  • Complete Assignment: Zodiac Killer
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

John Wayne Gacy

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about John Wayne Gacy. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: John Wayne Gacy Biography; Crime Museum; The Killer Clown
  • Complete Assignment: John Wayne Gacy
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Ted Bundy

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Ted Bundy. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Ted Bundy Biography; ?The Very Definition Of Heartless Evil?: The Story Of Ted Bundy
  • Complete Assignment: Ted Bundy
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Donald Harry "Pee Wee" Gaskins

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Donald Harry "Pee Wee" Gaskins. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Serial Killer Donald 'Pee Wee' Gaskins One of the Most Prolific Killers in U.S.; ?The Redneck Charles Manson? ? Donald Henry Gaskins Killer Profile
  • Complete Assignment: Donald Harry 'Pee Wee' Gaskins
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

David Berkowitz: Son of Sam

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Son of Sam. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How David Berkowitz Became ?Son Of Sam? And Terrorized Late 1970s New York City; David Berkowitz Confessed to Being the 'Son of Sam.' But Did He Really Act Alone?
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Harold Shipman

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Harold Shipman. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Harold Shipman Biography; Shipman's motive may have been 'addiction to killing'
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Dennis Rader "BTK"

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Dennis Rader. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Dennis Rader Biography; Who is Dennis Rader aka the BTK serial killer?
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker"

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Richard Ramirez. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Twisted Tale Of Richard Ramirez, The ?Night Stalker? Serial Killer Of 1980s Los Angeles; Richard Ramirez Crime Museum
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Gary Ridgway

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Gary Ridgway. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Gary Ridgway Biography; How Gary Ridgway, ?The Green River Killer,? Was Captured With Nearly 20-Year-Old DNA Evidence
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Jeffrey Dahmer

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Jeffrey Dahmer. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jeffrey Dahmer Biography; Top 10 Creepy Facts About Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo "The Butcher of Rostov"

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Andrei Chikatilo Biography; 1994: Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Wayne Williams

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Wayne Williams. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Wayne Williams And The Mystery Of The Atlanta Child Murders; Unsolved Atlanta child murders are back under the microscope
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Aileen Wuornos

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Aileen Wuornos. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Aileen Wuornos Biography; How Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos Became a Cult Hero
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Israel Keyes

This lesson explores the crimes, investigations, and other facts about Israel Keyes. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review Article: Profile of Serial Killer Israel Keyes
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Exam
  • Complete: Final Exam
505
Total Course Points
 

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Course Title: Serial Killers 101
Course Number: 9770590
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Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (174 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $90.00

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