A new book by criminologist Michael Arntfeld tabulates the correlation between serial killers and certain professions:
1. Aircraft machinist/assembler
2. Shoemaker/repair person
3. Automobile upholsterer.
1. Forestry worker/arborist
2. Truck driver
3. Warehouse manager
1. General laborer (such as a mover or landscaper)
2. Hotel porter
3. Gas station attendant
Professional and Government Occupations:
1. Police/security official
2. Military personnel
3. Religious official.
Asked to explain what it is about these jobs that attracts people who kill, Arntfeld points to the fact that jobs may confer easy access to vulnerable victims under the guise of employment; and “the fact many jobs simultaneously satisfy the underlying paraphiliac, or sexual preoccupations, that also fuel killers’ crimes.” For instance, for reasons that are not well understood, Arntfeld says, “mechanophilia” (a fixation with or erotic arousal from machines) appears to correlate with necrophilia and homicidal necrophilia.
On the other hand, the list might be biased as pertaining to the serial killers who get caught. Other skillful killers might remain quietly in place, perhaps in other professions.