Contrary to popular belief and fictional movies, there’s no way to “tell” a serial killer by their appearance. So, what are real life serial killers like? A real-life serial killer can be distinguished through their conscientious patterns and behavior. "Serial killers/psychopaths are diagnosed by their purposeless and irrational antisocial behavior, lack of conscience, and emotional vacuity. They are thrill seekers, literally fearless.” (Scott).
“Roughly 40% of all reported murderers were neglected in childhood and carried psychopathic characteristics” (“Serial Killers” 2). There is no complete answer for why serial murderers kill, but there is contributing reasons why. As the serial murder outbreak begins to rise, scientists are working to give the world an answer. Serial murderers are the terrors of common society. They are the shadows in the hall and the bump in the night, but there is so much more to these killers.
Another aspect of serial killers are their motives, why do they do what they do? More interesting however, is how they go about doing what they do. The myriad amount of hazardous serial killers fall into one of two types. To begin, the Holmes typology suggests that “serial killers can be act-focused or process-focused” (Freeman). If a serial killer is act-focused, then he or she only cares to kill and kills quickly.
It is said that he murdered not in anger, or revenge, but on impulse and desire. Like many serial killers before him, psychologists and criminologists, has searched many options and scenarios to answer the question of why serial killers commit these horrendous killings and how they became such violent humans. What they have been contemplating with is whether or not serial killers are born with predetermined genes that play an important role in their homicidal tendencies or if they become murderous through incidents as children. Traditionally, the explanations for why serial killers have the tendencies they have included childhood abuse, genetics, brain injuries, and exposure to traumatic events. What frightens people however, is the fact that a huge number of the population has been exposed to at least one of these traumas in their lifetime.
Serial killers are possibly the most evil form of human life in existence. They find joy in inflicting pain in others and will find grotesque ways in manipulating and hurting people to gain satisfaction. The general profile for a serial killer is shown through a few common traits. Serial killers typically are power hungry, manipulators, egotistical, charming, and good at blending in. Serial killings are separated from mass murder by a cool-off period and the crimes being committed over several locations.
Serial Killers and Mass Murderers Mass Murderers and Serial Killers are nothing new to today’s society. These vicious killers are all violent, brutal monsters and have an abnormal urge to kill. What gives people these urges to kill? What motivates them to keep killing? Do these killers get satisfaction from killing?
'; I personally have come to the conclusion that they are both murderers and victims. I. Definition: 'Serial murder'; has long been a term used to describe those human beings that repeatedly commit heinous crimes. It is rare that the average person probes the mind of a serial killer without bias. However, what lies behind the eyes of a serial killer deserves more than the cold hard look that society so often gives (Aaronson, Inter... ... middle of paper ... ...r from the truth.
What image does the mind visualize when it hears the term ‘Serial Killer’? Most people envision a maleficent being capable of committing heinous crimes that ‘normal’ people are incapable of acting out, or a person with a psych so muddled and twisted that they resort to murder in order to satisfy their vile desires. Although this style of thinking is not completely incorrect, there is a lot more to a serial killer than what meets the eye. Although serial killers are the most infamous of the killer category, most people don’t actually know the difference between a serial killer and a mass murderer or a serial killer and just a regular killer. A serial killer is a person that murders three or more victims on partitioned occasions, but then again, the same may be true in the case of a mass murderer or a spree killer.
Mass Murders And The Critical Think Guidelines Mass murders, while being terrible events that are becoming more and more frequent in society, are becoming more frequent for specific reasons. Stepping aside from the view points of gun control, mass murders occur due to psychological conditions found in many mass murders. Catarina L. Carosa’s and Amy L. Button’s article, A Literature Review of Characteristics and Factors Associated with Mass Murderers, uses the data and research of other researchers to provide an analysis of mass murders. The article’s main focuses are defining and profiling mass murderers. The article takes the definition of a mass murder directly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Dietz (1986) and connects
Many people have a lot of trouble trying to understand exactly why serial killers do what they do, but in the killers minds they have certain motives that make sense to them. Holmes and DeBurger were two men who characterized serial murderers based on their motives. They “explain that the reward for killing is generally psychological even though some killers may benefit materially from their crimes” (Hickey, 2002). The first type of serial killers they described were the visionary type. These killers would be motivated by the commands,voices, or visions of some type of good or evil force.