Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, the Green River Killer, and John Wayne Gacy are all widely known serial killers. These man decided one way or another that they had the right to kill, that they had some right to play God. Many people wrestle with the issue of nature versus nurture even when it comes to serial killers. Before we go any further I ask you to clear your mind of all your conceptions of a serial killer, this will cloud your judgement. This paper will also tackle these topic; by the end I hope you have a better understanding of the mind of a serial killer, the statistics of serial killers and other facts about serial killers.
A serial killer is defined as, “someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval”. There has been about 400 serial killers in the last century just in the United States. The United States actually hold 76% of the world’s serial killers("Modus Operandi- Serial Killers"). Eighty percent, of which, were white men in their twenties to thirties. Between these 400 killers they had between 2,526 to 3,860 victims, of these victims 65% are female ("Modus Operandi- Serial Killers").
This does not mean that women and minorities are not capable of becoming a serial killer this is just the statistics. We are born with a savage nature and in some cases people are born with an abnormality in their brains. Putting that mixture together, it is possible for anyone to be a serial killer. We would not know, usually, by just looking at them. Most serial killers live normal lives and are married with children. If you were to ask there neighbors or families about them they are normal. Most families are shocked to find out what the killers have done. We are trained to control our emotions, though in families where there is abuse does effect a person in some cases. There is a smaller percentage that consists of very intelligent killers and of killers of a lower IQ.
The best way to understand a serial killer is to get inside their heads, and figure out their lives through the clues they have left behind. This can also be called behavior analyses. There are different types of serial killers and by analyzing the behavior you can find out his past and his next move. The majority of serial killers are organized. They are educated and come from a normal looking family. There maybe some abuse as a child but they family would look normal to a neighbor or friend. They have a dumping place for the bodies and go away from their homes to commit their crimes. They also sometimes get involved in the investigation and would not look or act suspicious. A good example of this is David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," he was only thought to be a witness, until he was brought in on another charge and the dots where connected (Freeman). An unorganized killer would have a lower IQ and work closer to their homes. They would come from an abusive family. Most likely a high school drop out or just finished high school. Would keep the bodies close so they could relive the kills (Freeman).
Some serial killers feel like they have the right to kill. They say that voices or God tells them to kill these people. Some feel like it is their destiny to kill a certain type of people such as prostitutes, homeless, a specific race, or a religious group. Others feel no compassion at all they kill to kill and see their victims as objects not people. Ted Bundy was recorded saying "I'm the most cold-blooded son of a bitch you'll ever meet. I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill."(Scott). Killers like this are just thrill seeking killers, they want to feel the power to take someone’s life. Others do it for the sexual satisfaction of the kill, they get aroused by the sight of the dead body or the kill. Then there is the small percentage that are cannibals and kill to eat and live. There is a small group of people with porphyria that have to drink blood, but the rarely show up as serial killers....
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