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CMJ 191 Criminology: Home

This guide was created for CMJ 201's research paper on a serial killer's crime typology.

Suggested Sources

Potential primary source locations:

Serial Killers Info

  • Anthony Sowell “Cleveland Strangler” or “Imperial Avenue Murderer”
  • Albert DeSalvo “The Boston Strangler”
  • Ted Bundy
  • Gary Ridgway “Green River Killer”
  • Robert Pickton
  • Jack the Ripper



  • John Wayne Gacy
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Ted Bundy
  • Wayne Bertram Williams “Atlanta Child Murders”
  • The Zodiac Killer


Crime Scene Database

  • Marc Lepine (Canadian serial killer – manifesto provided)


The Black Vault

  • Herb Baumeister
  • Ted Bundy
  • Andrew Cunanan
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • John Wayne Gacy
  • Jack the Ripper


Although a documentary is a secondary source, they often contain primary source material.

Search Engine Tips

Finding primary sources:

Within a search engine such as Google, put your person's name in quotes and then follow it with a type of primary source.
For example: “ted bundy” archives

Some primary source keywords:

  • Archives
  • Transcripts
  • Photos
  • Audio recordings
  • Video recordings
  • Journals
  • Letters
  • Diaries

Also consider adding as part of your search string to search only government web sites.
For example: "Ted Bundy" letters

Primary Sources Video

Library Resources

The library has many excellent secondary sources that contain snippets of primary sources within them. In particular, we have many ebooks relating to serial killers.

Within OneSearch, try a search using your serial killer's full name or nickname surrounded in quotes. For example, "Dennis Rader", or "BTK serial killer"

The OneSearch search engine can be found under the "LRC Services" tab in MyCampus.



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