Serial Killers Walk Among Us
Whenever you hear about a serial killer there is always the remark or the excuse from them that they had an “uncontrollable” urge to kill or torture. Where does this urge come from and what makes a person lose such total control that they give in to their deepest, darkest desires? What exactly makes a serial killer, and are they born this way or is it the way that they were nurtured? Of course there are terrible things that happen to children but does it really turn someone into a cold blooded murderer?
Psychology will tell you that looking at the behavior of the serial killer when they were children is very telling. What type of children were they and did they have unusual habits? There are many serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer that started torturing small animals when he was a child. It makes me wonder what goes on in the mind of a child that would make him want to do that. To find pleasure in the pain in a small animal. It really is quite frightening but extraordinary.
There is no evidence of a killer gene in people, although some people will differ that some mental anomalies can be passed on to children. Maybe some people are just born without a conscious and are not programmed to feel empathy for anyone. There is also evidence that many of the serial killers in history have had frontal lobe damage, and this damages the part of the brain that feels empathy and caring for others.
Most serial killers are sadistic and get sexually excited from torturing others, but many of them will tell you that something caused them to do what they did. Ted Bundy blames pornography on his behaviors, Jeffery Dahmer said that there was a “part” of him missing. John Wayne Gacy would blame his victims and thought that they deserved to die. He was a psychopath that played a clown at children’s parties and then lure young boys to his house and sexually molest them and brutally torture and murder them, he would then bury them in his back yard. Surely these people must be insane to want to slaughter people in this manner, however it is a fact that even though these serial killers are criminally insane, the fact remains that they are very intelligent, calculating and rational people and that is how they are so good at getting people to trust them
Signs to look for
A serial killer is classified by the F.B.I as such because of several reasons.
- A person who kills more than 3 people at a time and follows a pattern, such as stopping for a while in between killings.
- Usually white middle age man. Although there have been several women serial killers but women are a little harder to catch up to because they are naturally not as violent as men so it takes longer to find out a female killer.
- The victim is usually a stranger to the killer and most of the time the killer picks people at random.
- The motive is a power thing and not done for material gain, it is totally psychological.
- A serial killer usually picks on very vulnerable people such as runaways and prostitutes.
There usually is a pattern seen in the background of most serial killers, such as bed wetting, hurting animals is a big red flag, most of the serial killers have been abused as children, however there are many who have had normal caring parents. Ted Bundy had an average background and parents who appeared to care about him very much, so there is always the exception to that rule.
Serial killers also tend to be very narcissistic people and I use Ted Bundy again as an example because he is like the epitome of the serial killer. He was very intelligent, narcissistic, charismatic, he was a professional person and would charm the pants off the ladies. He would even play the victim in several situations in order to gain sympathy from his victims before he attacked them. He also had this great desire to be more powerful than he was and he would pretend to be a person of authority such as a policeman; this makes the victim more intimidated from the get go.
A serial killer can strike at anytime and a person should always be on their guard. The F.B.I have so many cases of serial killer activity more than anytime in history. When you think about someone who is crazy a person thinks they know what that looks like. Maybe the guy on the corner who carries a sign that wants money. Maybe the person who goes off on someone at the McDonalds because they didn’t get their order right. But the reality is that they walk beside us as we walk through the mall because they are carousing looking for vulnerable people, maybe teenagers. The fact is they maybe the nice looking guy wearing that nice suit carrying that briefcase and looking very professional could in fact be criminally insane. So actually your best bet to avoid a serial killer is to avoid the charming, impeccably dressed strangers because they blend in so well and they know how to target and stalk their victims by gaining trust from them. Serial killers do not carry a sign that says what they are but instead they camouflage themselves into the normalcy of our lives
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