Nature And Nurture Of A Serial Killer

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“A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, money, and attention seeking.” (“56 Facts About Serial Killers”). It is said that the average person will walk past at least 26 serial killers in their lifetime. That’s quite crazy to believe. Serial killers make up about one percent of murders in the United States. Although serial homicide is extremely rare, it’s a very interesting topic to hear about nonetheless. It’s terrifying to hear people committing these heinous crimes, but what really triggers them to do this? Most would say that they just happen to be born that…show more content…
They are created through the experiences they created and how they are raised. A few that will be discussed include Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Rader, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Richard Ramirez. To begin, it is often said that all serial killers are born with the aggressive or violent gene but that’s not necessarily true. Nature versus Nurture has always been a huge argument in the psychology community. Nature is described as the genetic code of a person. For example, it is often argued that genetics is the cause of obesity or high blood pressure. Nurture is the complete opposite. Nurture is where the environment determines who a person is and what they will become. An example would be that poor eating can cause obesity and limited coping skills can lead to high blood pressure. Almost everyone knows the story of Jeffrey Dahmer. He is often seen as this monster who got a kick out of eating the remains of his victim. You see, Jeffrey wasn 't always this way. Jeffrey Dahmer was born May 21st, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeffrey Dahmer lived what you could consider a “normal” life up until his family began to move around from state to state causing him to…show more content…
There was no abuse or trauma that was said to have happened during his childhood; however, it was said that he became more reserved as he grew older. He showed little to no interest in hobbies, but he was fascinated by dead animals. During his high school years, he was heavily abusing alcohol which caused his father to make him enlist in the army. He was soon kicked out and went to live with his grandmother, who then reported that he was showing very odd behavior. His parents got divorced in July of 1978 and this took a negative toll on Jeffrey. Dvorchack states, “During the divorce, Jeffrey Dahmer was left alone. His mother moved to Wisconsin with his younger brother, David; his father had moved out of the house. He was left with no food, no money and a broken refrigerator” (Dvorchack). By that time, Jeffrey was already18 and had just committed his first murder. Between 1978-1991, Jeffrey Dahmer had killed over 17 males. Some would say his parents’ divorce and rejection is what caused Jeffrey to get out of hand. Secondly, the standard way of thinking about the topic of serial killers has it that from the day they’re born, they’re going to grow up with the traits of a stereotypical killer. Another

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