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Joel Rifkin and the Mind of a Killer 204070

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Joel Rifkin and the Mind of a Killer

He is considered the most vicious serial killer in New York State, strangling seventeen women with his bare hands. Never once did he hesitate or feel remorse for his actions in any way. All of Joel Rifkin's victims were prostitutes because they were easy targets and their disappearance would often go unnoticed. In a conscious attempt to refrain from killing, he changed the time of day in which he would prowl for his next victim, hoping the light of day would bring more spectators to avert his intentions. This attempt, however, was unsuccessful. After his arrest, Rifkin willingly and readily confessed to all seventeen murders. He claims that he does not know why he murdered these victims, but he wants to know why he committed such heinous acts. The court ordered a series of psychological tests and scans in order to determine whether or not a brain dysfunction played a role in his actions.
At his home in East Meadow, New York, a case study began to determine if there were any past abuse or traumatic experiences that may have triggered the violence. Joel



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