Serial Killers Essay

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“I believe the only way to reform people is to kill them” –Carl Panzram. “She was giving me oral sex, and she got carried away…so I choked her”-Arthur Shawcross. “I always had the desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurt. The desire to inflict pain, that is all that is uppermost”-Albert Fish. It is proven that most people have Type A personalities, which show characteristic traits of a short fuse, impatience, hostility/aggressiveness, and competitiveness. To a certain extent, we all carry these traits in various ways. Now, it depends on the situation that really emphasizes what trait we would use and how strongly we use it, but it all starts at a young age. How a parent raises the child usually determines how the child will turn out when he/she is older. Even though this is not necessarily true as in the cases with Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy the majority of serial killers were in fact raised in toxic households. In a study of over 50 serial killers, it was noted that 68% of serial killers experienced some maltreatment regardless of type, and 50% experienced psychological abuse. To say the least, many of these serial killers we see today or have heard of were in most cases mistreated in some sort of way, whether it’s psychological or physical abuse. It has been noted that 36% of serial killers have experienced physical abuse, but the majority has been psychological. There is a certain fascination with trying to understand how someone commits not one murder but dozens and without a conscience or care in the world about their actions. Dr. Helen Morrison spent her life trying to understand what goes on in the minds of a serial killer a... ... middle of paper ... ...m and whacks on the ceiling. "Buddy," I say, "I'm sorry for that, dropped my head, sorry." That helped bring me out of the depressions. I would trip on that” (Ressler, 1988) What goes on in the minds of a serial killer is all-dependent on the upbringing at an early age, and some are born with mental illnesses. All in all you never know who can become a serial killer, because they could seem completely normal, and most blend into society so well, that you never know who’s going to be a serial killer and who isn’t. Sometimes it just takes that one moment where there is a switch in that person brains clicks and turns them into a monster. All in all, you never know what someone is going to become and that’s what fascinates psychologists is finding what that trigger is and what turns that person into a serial killer and discover the true Makings of a Serial Killer.

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