Gacy and Bundy revisited : a study of public perceptions

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dc.contributor.advisor Blakely, Bernard E. en_US Hosier, Curtis D. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:47Z 2011-06-03T19:38:47Z 1999 en_US 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1999 .H67 en_US
dc.description.abstract A sample (N = 428) of university students was introduced to a stranger that fit the public persona of either John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy in a vignette. The meetings between students and strangers in vignettes were similar to those in which serial killers might entrap victims. In addition to varying criminal type (Gacy or Bundy), the race and gender of the strangers were also varied in the 2 x 2 x 2 experiment. Differences among subjects in their ratings of personality traits of the strangers and how subjects expected to behave toward these persons were examined by ANOVA. Focus group discussions provided further insights about how individuals size up and react to "respectable" strangers who fit the public personas of well-known serial killers. Results suggested that young adults in the 1990s are highly vulnerable to victimization by serial murderers.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Sociology
dc.format.extent viii, 74 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Serial murderers -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Serial murderers -- Psychology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Young adults -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Strangers -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Impression formation (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Personality assessment. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Murder victims -- Psychology. en_US
dc.title Gacy and Bundy revisited : a study of public perceptions en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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