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Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Kristin Bezio
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.
Lynch, Grace, "Netflix and Kill: A look at the cultural fascination with infamous killers" (2020). Honors Theses. 1478.