What defines a serial killer? Most would believe that it is someone who kills a ton of people, but actually a serial killer is anyone who has killed three or more people in a month or more with a period of down time between the murders.
There have been so many serial killers in our world, but who is the most notorious? He's known as Jack the Ripper.
On Aug. 31, 1888, Jack the Ripper killed his first of five victims in the Whitechapel area of London, England. All five were women and all were prostitutes. Each died from having her throat slit, and all but one had her abdomen cut. Several had internal organs missing.
The last victim was killed on Nov. 9, 1888. After that, the killer was never heard from again. Even though the police had suspects, no one was ever lawfully dubbed Jack the Ripper.
While Jack the Ripper is the most famous serial killer in the past, who is the most celebrated serial killer of modern times? He is Dexter Morgan. Luckily for the world, Dexter isn't a real person; he's the star of the TV series "Dexter."
Dexter is a vigilante of sorts. He only kills men and women who deserve to die and whose death is for the common good.
He is very methodical in his work. First, he researches a person's crimes and verifies his or her guilt. Then, he picks his kill spot -- usually somewhere away from roads and cities -- and covers the room with plastic wrap.
When he has his prey, he confronts them before the kill, making them feel guilt over their actions. When they're dead, he dismembers their bodies and dumps the parts in the Gulf of Mexico.
It could be said that Dexter Morgan is the Jack the Ripper of today's world. Most serial killers have an almost identical criminal profile, and if we assume that profile is correct, Dexter is much like Jack the Ripper.
For instance, Jack the Ripper was believed to be a single, middle-aged man that lived alone and kept to himself. He was quiet, so many people didn't even know he existed, and people who did had never thought of him as dangerous.
Also, it is believed that he would have had a job were he would be in constant contact with blood so that it would not be strange if blood was found on his shirt. He was thought to have a domineering mother and an absent father, and he was very destructive at a young age. Most obviously, he hated women.