Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I wish my blog worked : (

Q. Who will find this topic as interesting as me?

A. Mainly anyone who has heard the stories of Ed Gein, Albert Fish, and Charles Manson and found them to be interesting. Even if someone is not interested in this topic, hopefully this paper will change their view.

Q. What events will strike interest?

A. The Certain aspects of these men’s lives that have made an impact on the media. For instance Ed Gein’s love for using the human body as material for household luxuries (Which is what they based part of Texas chainsaw massacre on)

Q. When did these events happen?

A. Starting in the early 1900’s with Fish all the way up to the 60’s with Charles Manson.

Q. Where did these events occur?

A. All 3 took place in the United States but in different parts of the country.

Q. Why did these men commit these crimes?

A. I am hoping to find this out for sure through my research in the paper. I am guessing family and mental problems.

Q. How will I find this out?

A. By looking at reports written by doctors and also past information logged about the events.

Monday, February 13, 2006

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After starting my research for this paper I have concluded that my topic is not too broad. I thought it was at first and it kind of scared me but I think I can easily write an interesting paper on my topic. So far my two main sources have been the book “My Life among the Serial Killers” and The Online Crime Library. The Book devoted a lot of information and pictures to both Ed Gein and Albert Fish which came to be very helpful. Crime Library though is a very good resource for the paper because it has online chapters written about each killer and their crimes.

When using my sources to answer my questions for my paper I have found that they easily answer the question without word jumble or excess information, which also made the research process much easier for me. I am hoping to find more work written by Helen Morrison. M.D. because she seems to be an amazing source for Fish and Gein by her precise writing style and plethora of information.

I am hoping to find a lot more resources for this paper in the Kent State Library and I think I will be very successful in my search because when I searched the topic there when it was just a quick idea there seemed to be a lot of information. I have found all my sources to be very clear for me so I hope I can keep finding equally good sources.

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Q. Who will find this topic as interesting as me?

A. Mainly anyone who has heard the stories of Ed Gein, Albert Fish, and Charles Manson and found them to be interesting. Even if someone is not interested in this topic, hopefully this paper will change their view.

Q. What events will strike interest?

A. The Certain aspects of these men’s lives that have made an impact on the media. For instance Ed Gein’s love for using the human body as material for household luxuries (Which is what they based part of Texas chainsaw massacre on)

Q. When did these events happen?

A. Starting in the early 1900’s with Fish all the way up to the 60’s with Charles Manson.

Q. Where did these events occur?

A. All 3 took place in the United States but in different parts of the country.

Q. Why did these men commit these crimes?

A. I am hoping to find this out for sure through my research in the paper. I am guessing family and mental problems.

Q. How will I find this out?

A. By looking at reports written by doctors and also past information logged about the events.

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In my paper on the connection of serial killers my primary audience is my English 2 class. Although my whole class is going to see it I am writing this paper for anyone who is as interested in the topic as me. When I proposed my idea in out small groups the other day someone seemed very interested in the topic and said they would like to read it when I am done and I was very happy to hear that.

She seemed to not know very much on the topic. For instance who the killers were and what time period they came from, but that’s what this paper is for, to inform. My whole group seemed very receptive of my topic which was good for me because I was kind of nervous to propose the idea because I though people would think I was a freak.

As far as my secondary audience goes, it’s really anyone who wants to read this paper, like my floor mates in my dorm. Like my primary audience they don’t know very much about my topic like names and dates etc. I hope they everyone who reads this paper will take on a new knowledge of the mind of a serial killer.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

When approached with the assignment of this research paper, I really tried to think of a topic that interests me to make this paper more worth while. I thought about doing it on the Mafia and all the events during prohibition, but I finally decided to make the paper about serial killers. It’s a freaky subject I know, but why these people do what they do really interests me. I’m really excited to find out more on certain killers backgrounds and medical histories to see what could have caused their behaviors.

I have decided to focus my paper on three certain serial killers. Albert Fish, a killer back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s who seemed to be a grandfatherly figure. Ed Gein, a confused middle aged man who found joy in making things out of other people body parts. Finally the infamous Charles Manson, the killer in the 60’s responsible for the Sharon Tate murder.

To help me look more into my topic I have been spending a lot of time on certain internet sites reading media from the killings and other press information. Also I have looked all three killers up on www.crimelibrary.com and read short biographies on each one.

The book, “My Life among the Serial Killers,” written by Helen Morrison. M.D. and Harold Goldberg has been the most help of all. It has detailed chapters and pictures devoted to Ed Gein and Albert Fish, as well as information on family life effecting serial killing.

I am very excited to get more in depth with the paper so I can fully understand every aspect of these men’s lives and actions. Also to find out if any of these men have made a change for the better or worse in the long run.