Some of them have been known to mock the authorities with deliberately placed clues and taunting letters. But why would some one do these horrible things? Tis a question that has plagued many, who have attempted to understand, the mind of a serial killers. A serial killer by definition is "someone who attacks, slays/murder more than three victims one by one, during a relativly short period of time in temporally unrelated incidents (having no relations and or in a different location each time), which does have some exceptions, as in the case of E. Kemper who killed his mother and her friend in the same incident (thus not meeting the criteria of geographical seperation and and eliminating only strangers, but he is still include... ... middle of paper ... ...s. Press Lane, B. and Gregg, W. (1992). The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers.
Serial Killers Serial killers kill because of three patterns we see develop throughout their lives. These patterns are the development of youthful characteristics and habits, abusing events in their lives, and the final push. To be qualified as a serial killer one must murder more than three victims, one at a time, in a relatively short time period. The most common serial killers are white, heterosexual, sexually frustrated, young adult males with low self-esteem. Lester Ballard, the main character in Child of God, by Cormac McCarthy, displays these patterns as I have found it described in texts on serial killers.
Charles Manson is one of the most sinister and evil criminals the world has ever seen. His troubled childhood and twisted view of society led him to organize a cult that committed bizarre and brutal murders that shocked media, and struck fear into the hearts of every American in the 1960s and still does today. Charles Manson and the Family had a huge and pivotal influence on American culture, which ultimately lead to the fall of the love generation and hippie counterculture. Charles Manson’s illicit upbringing contributed to the manipulative criminal he grew up to be. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1934 to an unmarried 16-year-old mother, and to a father he never met.
The Psychology of Serial Killers Many things today confuse, yet enthrall the masses. War, murder, medical science, incredible rescues, all things you would see on The History Channel. There is another topic that is also made into documentaries however, serial killers. Dark twisted people that commit multiple murders are of interest to the population, but what caused them to be this way. What horrible tragic set of events could twist a man to murder one or many people.
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