FAME

DEATH 

AND

SERIAL KILLERS

SERIAL KILLER

DEFINITION

"A person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behaviour pattern." - Oxford Languages

Crime Scene Tape

THEODORE ROBERT BUNDY

CRIMES-1974 - 1978

  • Ted became a heartthrob in the eyes of hundreds of women even though he was on trial for 30 counts of murder.

  • Ted specifically targeted women, making it more terrifying as Ted received multiple marriage proposals while being a known serial killer.

  • Ted portrayed himself as charming and charismatic to make himself seem trustworthy and loveable.

D.O.B - 24th November 1946

D.O.D - 24th January 1989

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Edmund Kemper

CRIMES-1964-1973

  • Ed could easily blend into society as his demeanour was very non-threatening.

  • This made it easy for Ed to trick women into his car without the woman being nervous or worried.

  • Ed was very talkative with the police making him seem like an ally Ed however showed no remorse for his actions, Ed just treated what he did as a fictional story. Blending his sick fantasies with reality. 

D.O.B - December 18, 1948

John Wayne Gacy

CRIMES-1972-1978

  • Gacy has become of the most prominent faces in the world of clowns, the class being run with characters such as Ronald McDonald. 

  • Gacy has become the influence for many horror movie killer clowns, most notably twisty from American Horror and Pennywise from Stephen Kings IT. After Gacy's public trial, his portrayal as the loving 'POGO' kick-started Killer clown fever. 

  • Gacy portrayed himself as a family man and beloved member of the community, this concealed Gacy's true identity as a child killer sadly taking the lives of many young boys.

D.O.B - March 17, 1942

D.O.D - May 10, 1994

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The idea around this project was to challenge the infamy surrounded by serial killers. 
Many serial killers receive fame and attention the criticism good but mostly bad. They are treated as celebrity figures in the media and even within the public. Some people consider themselves serial killer groupies. Due to this, they may as well be famous people. They're not and shouldn't be treated as such, by portraying them as these normal celebrities, I am challenging the media and the public perceptions of what serial killers are. They are not celebrities neither are they good people they are disgusting monsters. 

BECOMING A SERIAL KILLER

This short skit shows me as John Wayne Gacy. I have completely changed him from being a serial killer to a tv personality with his own show. This one is about how he becomes the character 'Pogo The Clown'. By giving Gacy this life with a celebrity status attached I am reenacting what the media do with all serial killers, however, I'm using satire to portray his character. The media give these killers a platform and fame through their countless use of their actions and face all to make money. This is now different from how celebrities are paraded through the media for profit. This video uses aspects of Gacy's personality and certain characteristics to challenge the media circus that is centred around killers like Gacy.

This short skit visualises serial killer Jefferey Dahmer as a tv chef. Played by Sam mason, this video is less theatrical than the Gacy video yet has a similar impact on the unnerving nature of this chef. Dahmer a serial killer who was also a cannibal, made sense to portray him in this scenario. Like the Gacy sketch, this video challenges how the media used Dahmer's image and actions to make a profit through interviews and movies. In this sketch once again we use satire to show how unbelievably disrespectful things like these videos and how the media flaunt serial killers.

For this short skit, we've turned serial killer Ed Kemper into a tv personality with his own storytelling tv show that goes into his crimes and how he committed them. With this sketch, it was easy to portray Kemper in this way as Kemper himself would continuously speak about the people he killed and how he killed them. He did this as if it was normal so by taking this idea and putting Kemper in an even more normal scenario the sketch would be successful in emphasising the point that these killers have no morals or sorrow about what they have done and that they shouldn't be paraded around in the media like they are famous. 

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