Psychology of a Serial Killer

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Psychology of a Serial Killer
What is a serial killer? A serial killer is defined as any person who has killed three or more people over a period more than a month’s time with a “cooling off” period in between the murders. A serial killer is also defined as someone who kills others for some sort of mental or sexual satisfaction. The central mind set of all serial killers lies within their desire for power; to control life and death as if they were God. Most often this desire and mental state comes from a history of neglect, child abuse or low self esteem. The vast majority of serial killers will always choose victims that are weaker than them like women and children; sometimes even old or middle aged men. These killers, because of some sort of mental, sexual or physical abuse from their past grow into adulthood believing the world is out get to them if they don’t get after the rest world first.

Serial killers not only have psychological markers, they will also often use their own special “calling card”, if you will. A “calling card” is a signature item that the killer uses to tell police and the public that they exist. The reason that these signatures exist is for the sole purpose to taunt and bring fear. Although police or even the public may not notice, every serial killer uses “calling cards” or a signature. The signature may be a physical item, a code, or simply the way the person was murdered and the body disposed of. It is popularly believed that Jack the Ripper left two different signatures at one point; one was a piece of his victim’s apron and the other as writing on a wall that said ‘Juwes are the men That Will not be Blamed for nothing’. The wildly infamous Zodiac Killer of the late 1960’s in California would send his homemade cryptograms to the San Francisco Chronicle, which was a creation of his own alphabet and zodiac signs which gave him his name, these cryptograms always ended with a sun cross at the end. The Washington D.C. Beltway Snipers...
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