This week, we’re taking a look at a bit of an outlier in the psychological profiles of serial killers. Gary Michael Hilton, known as The National Forest Serial Killer, is an American serial killer responsible for four known homicides between 2007 and 2008 committed in three states, all of which occurred within the premises of national forests. What makes in stand out among other serial killers is the idea that his motivation for committing these horrendous crimes, by all accounts, appears to be money. The question here is whether the definition of the term “serial killer” includes assumptions regarding their motives. Must a monster be sexually motivated to be classified as a serial killer? Technically, no. But do we in greater society think of these types of monsters differently? We’re getting into the deep end here. Join us!


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Hosts Ryan and Jordan deliver terrifying tales of the paranormal and break them down for your listening pleasure.