Serial killers have many frightening facets. The most frightening thing about them is that experts still do not know what makes a human become a serial killer. Many experts believe serial killers become what they are because they have a genetic disposition or brain abnormality while other experts believe that a serial killer is created by childhood abuse; and some other experts believe that it is a combination of both brain abnormalities and abusive childhood experiences that creates a serial killer. A murderer is considered a serial killer when they “murder three or more persons in at least three separate events with a “cooling off period” between kills” (Mitchell and Aamodt 40). When defining a serial killer, their background, genes, and brain are not mentioned; perhaps one day those aspects of the serial killer can be included.
There are several different types of murderers, with one of the most popular in the media being a serial killer. A serial killer is someone who kills at least three people at different times with time in between murder described as a “cooling off period”. After killing, they feel a sense of relief for awhile, but when it wears off they feel the need to kill again to release their stress. People often times ask the question of why do the perpetrator’s feel the need to kill to relieve the stress they are feeling, and why they continue to do it. There are some factors that link brain anomalies, damage, and faulty genetics to the cause, but other factors include include the childhood development of the killer. Researchers Ressler and Shachtman
Most serial killers can be placed in two categories, the psychopath and the psychotic. Psychotics are clearly insane and fail to perceive reality correctly. However, very few serial killers fall into this category. Most serial killers have a thought out scheme, or plan of going about things. They think things through, and evaluate what the situation could bring to them. This comes from a long line of abuse, intolerance, and dysfunction during their early childhood years. Many people may even go so far as to view certain serial killers as geniuses, in the respect that their actions are so well thought out so very carefully planned. These types of serial killers would fall, under the psychopath category. A psychopath, also known as a sociopath, does not suffer from a mental illness, where in their makeup of their DNA have nothing to do with the way they are. A psychopath, rather suffers from a severe brain flaw, or personality, resulting due to the way they were brought up, their environment, and the way they were treated by family, especially that of the parents, or brothers, and sisters. One thing to note about the psychopath is that, the majority of the time, they realize the crime they are committing is wrong. This does not concern them,...
There are many motivations involved in serial killings such as the fear of rejection, power, and perfection. Most serial killer tend to be intensely afraid of rejection and are very insecure. They try not to cultivate a relationship with their intended victim so as to avoid the possibility of being abandoned, humiliated, or exposed. There are many serial killers who engage in intercourse - the ultimate form of intimacy - with their victims, and many times also with the corpse. In doing this there is no risk of rejection. Serial killers also find satisfaction in prolonging the suffering of their victims, giving them the feeling of power over the victim. In doing this the get to decide if and how the victim will either live or die.
Gary Ridgway normal serial killer or psycho serial killer? That question is asked among many people still to this day and considered a catastrophe for Seattle’s reputation. Gary Ridgway currently 63 years old, was born on February 18th, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah then moved to Washington in 1958. Gary had been married three times, producing one child from his second marriage. Gary told many he was religious, and would go around preaching about god, yet he was discriminating because, most of his victims were prostitutes that he had slept with dead or alive. For thirty years, Gary worked as a competent truck painter to support himself and his families. Beginning in July 1982, Ridgway began killing young girls, the youngest being 12, and the
Gary was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 18, 1949. His father was a bus driver, who, Gary remembered, would frequently complain about the prostitutes he would see along his route. This could be the root of why Gary decided to kill prostitutes. His mother was not a very charming. She was both mentally and physically abusive to Gary and his two brothers. Gary also states that he was sexually attracted to his mother at an early age. He also showed tendencies of a serial killer at a young age. He began torturing animals, such as cats when he was little. When he was 14, he says that he stabbed a six-year-old in a wooded area, but was never caught. Then a couple years later he committed his first murder when he held a young boy underwater till he drowned. When he was old enough Gary joined the Navy and was sent to Vietnam. He returned and attempted to become a police officer, but failed. He then found a job painting at a truck shop. Gary was also married three times and had a son during his second marriage. He would even use his ...
The general profile for a serial killer is an intelligent white male in their mid to late 20’s and 30’s. Many serial killers begin their life with an unstable childhood. The lack of loving and nurturing relationships plays a large role in this. Physical and emotional abuse during childhood is a common trend for children who grow up to be serial killers. Abusing animals, bedwetting into a late age, and exposure to alcohol/substance abuse are also common in a serial killer’s childhood. Not all serial killers are the same, one type of serial killer is a visionary killer. These people are psychotic (schizophrenia and paranoia) and believe they are being told to kill by a greater force such as God. Mission oriented killers believe they are doing
...ryone around them; serial killers commit these terrible crimes because of the connectivity of their brains, or how they are brought up as a child. (1b: SV; SV, or SV.) The definition for the word “serial killer” is a series of three to ten murders, each with a period of rest. Serial killers stay in the minds of many people for years, if not the rest of their lives.
A serial killer is defined in Webster's Dictionary as someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short period of time. There is no one generic profile to identify a serial killer. They usually are people seeking for a sensation, a lack of guilt or remorse, a need for control, impulsivity, and predatory behavior. These traits make up a psychopathic personality disorder. Psychopathy is a disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, manipulation, and occasional violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own wants and needs. There are four main types of serial killers; thrill seekers, mission-oriented, visionary serial killers, and power and control killers. There may be other
In order to identify serial killers before they kill repeatedly, a person needs to study the characteristics that makes up this type of criminals. Most serial killers have been abandoned, by one or both parents, they are emotionally, physically, and even sexually abused by a family member, or relatives from unstable families who have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories, or tend to have hate for their parents and people in general which makes them have antisocial personality disorder. They have conflicted pain or tortured animals at a young age and most are highly interested in gaining control over things. Even though not every serial killers posses these characteristics, but most share these characteristics the same way they share the psychological need to have complete control and power over people.
Therefore this person is incredibly full of themselves and often believes the world revolves around them. These types of behaviors are stereotypical behaviors for serial killers. These behaviors can be spotted at a young age for children. If a child is secluding himself from classmates, unable to make friends, and only concerned with their own well being there could be a big problem. A parent’s first instinct is not to accuse their young child with behavior issues of being a serial killer, but issues start to arise when they ignore the facts. Knowing the information that is available about mental health today parents should use that to better understand their own
Gary Ridgway was born in Salt Lake City on February 18, 1949. He was the second of three brothers. Ridgway’s parents were Thomas Newton Ridgway and Mary Rita Steinman. At the time, they rented a room near a local high school. Ridgway’s older brother, Gregory, was born in 1948. Ridgway’s younger brother, Thomas, was born in 1951. In 1960, Ridgway’s parents moved the family into a small three bedroom house in a neighborhood called McMicken Heights which is now the City of SeaTac. He was “Raised near Seattle’s Pacific Highway, a deprived neighborhood near SeaTac airport …” (Biography, 2013). They lived in a working class neighborhood where many other kids lived also. All the kids played together and walked to school together. Ridgway’s father was a metro bus driver whose route was the Pacific Highway South into Seattle. The route went through the infamous strip where Gary would later find so many of his victims. His father also enjoyed running garage sales. Ridgway’s mother was a ...
A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a "cooling off" period between each murder, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification. Most people do not understand what can make a person want to kill multiple people for no reason other than own satisfactional gain. In actuality serial killers have been studied for over hundreds of years, and the information that has been documented continues to grow. The research that I have gathered about serial killers focuses on their childhood development, the differences and similarities between men and female serial kills, and finally general information on how their brains operate and their motives for committing such harmful acts.
Taking the life of another person is one of the worst infractions of the law to commit. The Bureau of Justice defines serial killing as “[involving] the killing of several victims in three or more separate events” (“Michigan” 1). Serial killers often commit extremely violent crimes; they usually become infamous for these crimes. The first recorded serial killers are probably Jack the Ripper in 1888 and Fritz Haarmann in 1924 (“Michigan” 1). Jack the Ripper is also one of the most well-known criminals, almost everyone knows who he is or has at least heard of him. Most people know what he is famous for and associate him with being a bad person. Serial killers are typically sadistic and sociopathic, meaning that they are unable to feel empathy for people who are suffering (“Michigan” 1). Whimsical sociopaths who have sadistic tendencies are very dangerous. They inflict pain because they do not care that someone else is suffering, they only care that it makes t...