Many serial killers have normal family lives but may have outlying factors such as abuse or neglect that enable the traits of a serial killer to be formed. Serial killers are less likely to have children. Often times serial killers are motivated by underlying factors of mental illness. Sometimes they kill simply out of convenience though. Many serial killers also kill to exhibit dominance or to get a feeling of enjoyment.
I think in this book that is what it is trying to tell us is that just because someone does something that other people typically wouldn’t do does not mean they are insane or mentally ill. Why did Tony write to serial killers was it just because of his TBI and the fact he could connect with them or was there another reason. No one knows the real reason why Serial Killers kill only they know and understand why. That is why I would recommend this book to people who are not only studying criminal justice but who would like to take a bit of a closer look in the minds of some well known killers, how they are all very different. Like not all of them are white and not all of them are male. There are Serial killers who have a different ethnicity’s I feel they may not get as much attention as the ones who are white but that is just my opinion.
Serial killers have different characteristics describing their way of murder. A power junkie, manipulator, egotistical bragger, superficial charmer, and an average joe are characteristics of a serial killer. A power junkie wants to take control over their victims (Woollaston 1). The victims are easily hypnotized by their killer and can not understand what they might be doing. Another serial killer is the manipulator who makes their victims do what they want them to do (Wollaston 2).
A visionary tends to commit crimes based on psychotic delusion, like murder because of voices in their head telling them to do so (Dalal 110-111). Mission-oriented killers have a certain goal with overwhelming feelings that it is their duty to kill a certain type of person like a homosexual or prostitute to “clean up” society (Dalal 111). Hedonistic killers are “sexual sadists” who kill for pleasure and are active thrill seekers (Dalal 111). Control-oriented killers seek absolute power over their victims and recieve pleasure from knowing they have complete dominance (Dalal 111). In cases of abuse and neglect in childhood, control-oriented habits are more prevalent within
There have been links between the impairment of executive brain function and aggression through such research (Aynesworth 1999). Many of the serial killers discussed have been labeled with some sort of neurological disorder. Thus, these repetitive serial killers may just be reacting to chemicals and hereditary factors in their brains rather than on pure evil. Another Criminological
Serial Killers Hadeel Mendili 11AA Sharjah American International School Abstract Killing is a very infamous, and unfortunately, a frequent thing. There are many types of serial killers with reasons and causes of killing, but they all have one thing in common. Murder. Most do it for pleasure, or even believe it’s for “the good”. This essay will explain the studied psychological effects and origins of the mind of a serial killer.
However, some serial killers are people with an antisocial disorder otherwise known as psychopaths. Psychopaths suffer from lack of empathy, go against social norms, and exceptionally hostile. These people do not have moral sense, so their conscience will not intervene when they commit an unethical crime. Similar to mental problems, brain damage can make a person lose a sense of control and reason caused by damage to frontal lobe, the hypothalamus and the limbic system (Woollaston). Serial killers do not have remorse or morals, therefore they do not feel regret to be taking a human being's
When looking at Ted Bundy, it’s obvious that his personality might have played a big part in his crimes. As a result of his unstable home environment, Bundy displayed over-attachment problems, which will also be discussed later on. In addition, he displayed aggression from a young age and a lack of caring about other people. If personality is determined by genes such as the study done in Finland claims, then would a child who was naturally optimistic and empathetic have ended up a serial killer had they been in Bundy’s home situation? It’s impossible to tell.
If the prefrontal cortex is not functioning correctly (traumatic injury/event, genetics, etc. ), the person can become a killer. The prefrontal cortex stops the violent impulses from becoming actions. Without a properly working prefrontal cortex, those violent impulses are carried out. The problem is that half of the serial killers have a different brain functionality, but the other half does not.
In addition, according to Dr. Kathryn Seifert, a forensic psychologist, “when the accumulation of negative factors (chaotic neighborhoods) and the absence of positive factors (such as adults who provide encouragement) reach a threshold, that's when violence is more likely to erupt as a means of coping with life's problems”(Seifert). Seifert shows that people resort to violent measures simply as a coping mechanism. This capacity for evil and cruelty is within everyone, for it is an elemental factor of human nature that has kept us alive. However, this side of human nature doesn’t necessarily have to surface until it becomes one’s last resort. A lack of guidance strips away much of a child’s innocence, leaving them with