Research Paper On John Wayne Gacy

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The Mind of a Criminal Serial Killer

Serial Killers, Are they Natural born killers or is this something that was instilled in the early years of development. The mind of a serial killer is very complex and confusing apparatus. I focus more on male as 90.8% of convicted serial killers have been male. While some find their crimes heinous, and that they are, and that that are, but not all are done with evil intent. This paper will explain the mental illness that some have suffered; it also goes into the possibility of psychotic breaks they might have experienced that had caused their first crime. This paper will take you into the mind of a serial killer, it will give you direct quotes from serial killers as to why they became the monsters …show more content…

Since Gacy’s early childhood, he fell on the opposite of end of Erikson’s stages development and psychology in dealing with nature vs nurture. His drunken father was always beating him and his siblings. He also had a congenital heart condition that prevented him from playing with others, hindering socializing skills from a young age. No love was really showed to Gacy during those early stages from his father, who is an influential figure during childhood development, because he frowned upon his heart condition and considered him a failure because of it. Criminologists estimate that at least 86% of male serial killers are heterosexual. While numerically less, homosexual serial killers include some horrific monsters, such as John Wayne Gacy (1942–1994) and Jeffrey Dahmer (1960–1994). Even with Gacy fighting with his sexuality he was a normal person with his own company and even performed as a clown for kids. Still fighting with his sexuality even after having a wife and kids, he began to lure teenage males to his home and kill them because of the shame he felt afterwards. "If Jeffrey Dahmer doesn't meet the legal test of insanity, God help the one that does meet it. I mean, it -- it has to really be something. If Jeffrey Dahmer doesn't meet it, then nobody does; and for me, it's a psychological ploy to use,” Gacy stated. Gacy was a …show more content…

In the case of Jeffrey Dahmer, physical trauma and a lack of familial nurturing had a widespread negative effect. In regards to Gacy, his untreated mental illness was integral in his killings and while not proven, I believe that he could have potentially had a normal life with the help of modern medicine. Additionally, his confusion over his sexuality and lack of companionship and understanding from those around him forced him to isolate himself, which, working along with his mental illness, formed him into the serial killer he is known as today. Based on research, I can say that it is less likely for a serial killer to live a normal calm childhood before committing their crimes, but are transformed into killers by circumstances out of their control I have learned in these two prominent cases of serial killers that the circumstances which triggered there killings was mostly unavoidable on their part. Lack of understanding about mental illness, sexual identity, and parents who had more in their mind than nourishing their children are all contributing factors applicable to a majority of convicted serial killers, and are all situations out of their control. With more active medical attention and actual love and kindness from their families, they might have spared the world their horrific

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