The Makings of The Perfect Serial Killer
Gayleen Lynn Wilde
CRMJ 4890 Final Paper
University of Wyoming
The Makings of The Perfect Serial Killer
The One Who Got Away
Who is that perfect serial killer? I would have to say it was the one who committed their crimes and was never caught, suspected or tried for those crimes. The one person who “got away” with their crimes and was not even a suspect or on any law enforcement radar to become a suspect. Background on This Killer
This killer, Lou Marks, is the son of Louis Marks a career Air Force Lieutenant. He was the first born to Louis and Genevieve Marks on October 20, 1944. A few years later the couple had a daughter, Lee Marks. His mother was diagnosed as being bi-polar and was on medication to keep her calmed down. When she would start getting out of hand and getting really mean and nasty toward everyone that would be when Louis would step in and say “mother did you take your medication today?” Genevieve would then sulk off to take her medication and become very docile afterwards. Along with being bi-polar she was also a paranoid extremist and a perfectionist. Cleaning was very important, everything had to be spotless and would be used as a punishment as well. Genevieve would follow her house keepers around and she ran her house like she was a female Hitler. She was well known for performing her “white-glove” test to make sure everything was spotless. She would give the silent treatment when she was angry with Lou for anything, she felt that it was her way of punishing as well. When Lou was very young, Genevieve worked at an accounting firm and had a babysitter taking care of her children. When Genevieve had returned home from work the babysitter was gone and the children were alone at home. This babysitter had molested Lou for that entire day leaving Lou in much pain. Shortly after the babysitter incident, Genevieve started to have more than a motherly relation with Lou. Lou tried to cry out to a pastor at his church, but his cries for help went unheard. When Lou was very young he was a typical boy, always getting into some kind of mischief. This mischief turned into being downright belligerent to his mother as he got older. Genevieve was unable to handle Lou when he would get out of control. She would try to discipline him, she would spank him and hit him with a switch that he had to retrieve off of a tree himself. Genevieve resorted to locking Lou in his bedroom or in the basement when he got older. Lou began to retaliate by going after her with a bull whip, that was how he would keep his mother “in line” later in life. At one point, Lou planned ahead before committing whatever insolent behavior that he would display for that day and put his motorcycle down in the basement When Genevieve locked him in the basement he made a ramp out of the stairs and rode his motorcycle right through the basement door and then out through the back door of the house, not caring about any damage that he just created to the home. Lou hated cats and if a cat crossed his path he would torture it until it died. When he was a young adult he tied his wife’s cat to the bumper of the family vehicle and drove off dragging the cat to its death. Another incident with a cat was when he used a cat as target practice and shot arrows through the cat. When Lou was 18 Genevieve was at her wits end with him and was ready to enlist him in the military to try to straighten him out. He wanted nothing to do with the military and jumped off of a 60 foot bridge, rolling down a 60 foot embankment in an attempt to end his life but instead injuring his back. Shortly after, Lou left home and went to architecture college in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He was very intelligent and was able to excel in college despite his case a day of beer habit. Lou became an alcoholic very quickly and did not stop drinking until he turned 40. Lou was a very violent...
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