No one knows the real reason serial killers choose a certain individual as his or her victim. But many experts agree that serial killers fantasize about their ideal victim.

They have a vision in their mind, based on race, gender, physical characteristics or some other specific quality.

While it’s rarely possible for serial killers to find an exact match of their fantasies, they generally seek out people with similar traits. That’s why their first attempts often seem to be completely random – each victim may have some similarities that only the killer recognizes.

A computerised police image of the suspect police were trying to chase back in 1993. Colin Ireland was later convicted of the murders. (Credit: Dailymail)

Colin Ireland, a British serial killer also known as the Gay Slayer, targeted men who were interested in BDSM, especially those who wanted to be tied up. For him this was the easiest way to overpower his victims.

Never-Before-Seen Historical Photos of Gary Ridgway's Crime Scenes

Gary Ridgway with Green River Investigators at a possible homicide scene.

Gary Ridgway, “The Green River Killer”, had a goal of killing as many people as possible and targeted prostitutes. Ridgway chose these targets because their disappearance might not be noticed.

A rare photo of Richard Chase wielding the .22 caliber handgun he would later use to murder four people.

Richard Chase, a schizophrenic who was convicted of killing six people, tried to enter homes at random. If the door was locked, it meant the person inside didn’t want him there, but an unlocked door was “an invitation” for him to come in.

An Exclusive Collection of Twisted Communications of the BTK Killer

BTK sent a postcard to KAKE-TV directing them to another location where he had placed a Post Toasties cereal box. Once again, BTK was using a Barbie doll in his message. This doll represented little Josephine Otero with a rope around the neck attached to a piece of PVC pipe. Inside were further communications and a reference to another message. (Photo courtesy of Lieutenant Kenneth Landwehr, commanding officer homicide, Wichita, Kansas, Police Department, and Retired Director Larry Welch, Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI).)

Dennis Rader, who terrorized Wichita for three decades, chose his victims based on his sexual fantasies.

Robert Hansen, an experienced Alaskan hunter, abducted women and released them into the Alaska wilderness so that he could track, hunt, and kill them. Hansen picked young, attractive women as a revenge for all the rejections he got through his life.

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