Serial Killers Research Paper
Serial Killers: The Evil Inside
Serial killers may live seemingly average lives, but they are con men/women. Their childhood, mental disorders, and social standing affect the very aspect of who they are. Serial killers may seem to live normal lives, but behind their mask is true evil lurking in the shadows. Serial killers come from all walks of life. Anyone could be living next door to one or across the country. Their brains usually are not the same as a “normal” persons brain is. Serial killers are extremely intelligent. Research on the thoughts and motives of serial killers is beginning to be done to understand, and possibly find ways to intervene in the future.
A serial killer’s childhood may play a key role in their mindset as to what drives a person to do the unthinkable act of murder. Research shows the earlier a child is exposed to abuse and violence the more likely they are to becoming desensitized to emotions that others feel (“The Link between Animal Cruelty and Violence towards People”). Most of all, the serial killers studied reported abuse in some form as a child. This is not to say all abused people become criminals. Abuse can come in many forms by many different people involved in a person’s life. It is found that parents, brothers, sisters, peers, teachers, strangers, etc..., are abusers, not just one person. Usually, it is the serial killer’s immediate family that does the abusing through neglect, violence, alcohol, drug, and/or sexual abuse. Emotional abuse also plays a major role on childhood abuse. In the United States, each state now has state programs to intervene before the child is affected to greatly. Although a lot of these children fall through the cracks in the system, and then it is too late or they are killed themselves (ID channel).
Mental disorders are found in most of the cases of serial killers. They are not diagnosed early enough to get help and/or be treated properly. The most frequent mental disorder recognized in them is paranoid schizophrenia and/or extreme sexual fetishes (Brogaard and Marlow). Along with above mentioned disorders, physical and/or sexual abuse is usually also found. The definition of a psychopath is “a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.” (Dictionary). “If psychopathy is genetically determined, one should expect some abnormality in the brain, the immediate source of psychopathic traits. A possible candidate for this abnormality has recently been identified in a study at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Brain scans revealed that psychopathy in criminals was associated with decreased connectivity between the amygdala, a subcortical structure of the brain that processes negative stimuli, and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), a cortical region in the front of the brain that interprets the response from the amygdala” (Brogaard and Marlow). The social standing of serial killers may surprise and intrigue people. They are average, family oriented, church going people. The façade they represent to the people around them is a far cry from the true nature of the evil they really are. These pillars of the community are the biggest cons in the world.
Some examples of serial killers who outwardly seemed like everyday people are the BTK Killer and Ted Bundy (Lori Hitt).The BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill ) serial killer was a deacon at a Lutheran church. He was also the president of the church council. Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer) was a Cub Scout Leader, too. He was arrested on February 25th, 2005. He was later convicted of 10 known murders. Police believe he committed more than the 10, but do not have evidence, yet (Charles Montaldo). The serial killer known as Ted Bundy was a college student at the Wichita State University, University of Puget...
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