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Author

Grace Lynch

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Kristin Bezio

Abstract

This study looks at the cultural fascination with notorious murderers and how it parallels that of celebrities and other leadership figures. I investigate this topic through historical and cultural analysis, as well as a survey. I discuss general celebrity culture and how these killers have become part of our celebrity popular culture, as well as the leadership theories that help to explain this role. I go on to explore specific infamous killers and discuss how they may or may not fit into our leadership schemas. Finally, I look at the followers involved and how their behavior mirrors certain practices from other groups and cultures. We must be careful with how we perceive these people and how they may play a role in our ever growing celebrity culture.

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