Serial Killers Psychology

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Serial killers have been a sociological study for years upon years, trying to find out the psychological and biological aspects behind their outrageous, murderous behavior. When looking into serial killers, the question often occurs as to why these people perform numerous killings of people that they do not know. There is a psychological, biological, and sociological explanation behind it all. In these social studies, scientists break serial killers into multiple categories: they are defined as psychopathic or psychotic, stable or transient, and disorganized or organized. The most important thing to remember about serial killers is that the environment around them is what triggers these behaviors. Many people assume that an individual who…show more content…
These differences are examined throughout their IQ, social skills, their childhood, proximity or murders to home, living situation, education, time of activity, method of ensnaring victims, interaction with victims, method of disposal, state of crime scene, and their reason for returning to the crime scene. Notice how much of this has to deal with their background and environment growing up. Organized serial killers tend to have a normal IQ, they have normal social skills, and growing up most of the time they grew up with a stable father/father figure, but they may have been physically abused. Organized serial killers tend to move around a lot to leave their murder scenes behind, because they do not want to get caught. They quite often are married, live with their partner, or they go on dates with people occasionally; this shows that they are capable of having normal human interaction. Organized killers possibly have attended college, so they are more than capable of self-control. They tend to commit their murders during the daytime, as they are displaying their sneaky ability. These organized killers ensnare their victims purely by seduction, conversing with their victim before killing them. Often they may dismember the body after killing; disposing of the remains, which decreases their chances of being caught, usually leaving little physical evidence behind. If…show more content…
Unfortunately for some people, they do not have the strength to cope with certain situations as well as others, leading to violent, outrageous behavior such as serial killing. Works Cited
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