The Psychology of Serial Killers Today

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The events of the past can hold a great influence on the actions and behaviors of the future. From being raised in a supportive and loving home, to one that is full of neglect and abuse, each event can potentially impact the future of an individual. In the case of serial killers, there has been some debate on whether the evil ones are made or born; does it happen because of a genetic factor, environmental factor, or is it simply they addicted to the feeling of slaughtering another individual’s life? Although, the most important key in finding the truth deals with the past and shapes the outcome of the future. Upon viewing in a psychological stance, there is no clear understanding of why one aspect that most serial killers share, namely psychopathy, is a product of genetics or upbringing (Brogaard & Marlow, 2012). Observing the human mind is positively one of the most impossible topics to fully comprehend… but one of the most fascinating and intriguing.
Psychopathy, which is hallmarked by attributes such as superficial charm, insincerity, lack of remorse, and the incapacity for love among other characteristics (McCaghy & Capron, 1997), which can be identified in numerous serial killers. One of the most notable examples of these qualities is the serial killer Ted Bundy. According to Ramsland (2013), from the beginning of his life, Ted Bundy experienced an unstable life, growing up thinking that his mother was his sister, and that his grandparents were his parents; it is also speculated that he was the product of incest (DeLia, 2004). Bundy was described as being socially awkward and shy, finding it hard to fit in and dating was next to impossible for him. Once he was able to finally find a girlfriend, the eventual breakup lead to a...

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