One of the reasons is why serial killers commit such tragic and gruesome actions. Nature has been the case in an abundance of different murderers when concerning mental illness. Most serial killers struggle with schizophrenia, which is a disorder that affects a persons ability to think, feel, and behave clearly(holdren 2015). A key example of schizophrenia is serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer displayed his schizophrenic habits whenever police discovered dismembered body parts and organs inside his apartment(holdren 2015). Schizophrenia is a serious issue that must be addressed when dealing with a serial
This literature review focuses on serial killers from a psychological viewpoint while trying to answer the question, “Are serial killers born to kill or are they bred to kill?” Firstly, this review will define a serial killer and the different kinds of killers, then it will take a look at different case studies of children who fantasized about mass killing and identify similarities between the cases attempt to find a way to possibly prevent their fantasies from becoming reality. The debate of nature vs. nurture is also discussed as psychologists and researchers come to the conclusion that environmental factors play a bigger role in the developmental character of a person than genetics, but there is still no definite answer as to why some individuals grow up with the urge to murder other people and/or animals.
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual in this day and time to turn on the news and hear a warning about a new serial killer roaming our streets. It’s horrifying and hard to understand what could possibly make a person commit such heinous crimes. What is wrong with this person that drives him or her to commit such an act? The truth is that people have searched for the answer to that question for eons. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be many definitive answers to those questions.
Boudicca is a historical figure of undeniable significance, “one of those rare individuals from the past who have become folk heroes…” (Hingley, R & Unwin, C, 2005, 7). In Iron Age Britain, Boudicca was able to emerge as a Queen with unwavering passion, determination and the upmost of bravery in her rebellion against Roman rule. It therefore seems fitting to assess her significance and the impact she had in the years following her defeat and subsequent death in AD 60 or 61. However, today we have an ambiguous understanding of her actions, deficient in adequate archaeological evidence. Yet through drawing on the contemporary and secondary sources available, a well crafted
Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do? Everyday we question ourselves about activities we see others performing and wonder what could possibly be their reasoning behind it all. Asking more questions is something we should all be doing. Some researchers have taken this curiosity to the next level and have asked themselves “Are serial killers born or created?” Are the actions of these psychopaths brought on by different events, or are they simply born with the ability to take another person 's life? These are the million dollar questions that everyone should be asking about serial killers. Something is different about those who are capable
A serial killer is a person defined as a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events. “They are generally cunning, manipulative, and know the difference between right and wrong but dismiss it as applying to them” (Montaldo, n.d.) We are often captivated by what they have done and not in a positive way but the intriguing part as to “why”. In reality I stop to think what was happening to this person or within their minds that caused them to behave in such a way. It’s said that these acts are due to Abnormal Psychology gratification, this is the unusual patterns of behavior, emotion and thought. After thorough research Dr. Helen Morrison believes that it is due to a chromosome abnormality. Dr. Morrison believes that serial killers begin to start expressing these tendencies in their teen
“ I should have gone into college and gone into real estate and got myself an aquarium...That’s what I should have done…”~ Jeffrey Dahmer ( The Milwaukee Cannibal). Many think that serial killers are insane, not realizing how much thought goes into their killings and picking their victims. They also do not realize how much Serial Killer have in common, all the way from their personality, family life to neurological traits. Yet a very crucial fact that people tend to overlook is the very definition of insanity” A mental illness of such a severe degree that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality” and although Serial Killer may have a very twisted reality but they know that stealing a innocent's life is wrong, hiding under the claim
Serial killers don’t develop feelings which allows them to have no emotional connection with their victim which makes it easier to experiment on them. They simple don’t feel remorse for what they have done. (The Psychology of Serial Killers). Along with abnormalities in the brain theirs also abnormalities in their DNA. A chromosome abnormality was found in young teenage boys during puberty, this causes them to display homicidal tendencies.
The death of King Prasutagus marked the end of Celtic Britain’s amicable collaboration with the Romans, which consequently resulted in an immense abuse of power in the Roman treatment of the Celtic tribes. This served as the foundation for the Celtic rebellion, which was then stimulated into a revolt following the abuse of Prasutagus’s widow Boudicca, and
Reaping one of the many benefits as it comes to being wealthy, Boudica lived in a Celtic Roundhouse until the age of seven. The second house she lived in greatly influenced her of becoming a powerful, trained, skilled warrior queen. It was AD 43 when Claudius ordered his Romans to invade Britannia, merely for his desperate need in a military achievement. Within AD 48, Boudica married King Prasutagus, “the head of the Iceni tribe in south East England” (Tejvan). Living in Norfolk with two children, the married couple’s freedom was limited under Rome’s power. When King Prasutagus died, the Claudius took over his kingdom, as well as seizing his wealth. Unsurprisingly, the savage Romans atrociously tortured Boudica and savagely raped her two daughters. Roman History captures the hunger for vengeance against the repulsive Romans: “In stature she was very tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce, and her voice was harsh”
Queen Boudicca - or Boadicea - was the ruler of the Iceni tribe, where East Anglia is today. To the Romans, she was most certainly a terrorist - massacring thousands of their people, ransacking their cities, and raging bloody war against them. To her tribe, she was a hero. What she did was seen as liberating them, getting revenge for the heinous crimes the Romans committed against them. Although the Romans’ tale is not one usually told when speaking of this event, their point of view must also be considered.
To understand evil we must first understand the concept that good and evil are term or words referring to what one given individuals believes to be the right and wrong thing to do. Good, many times
“The serial killer ‘is an entirely different criminal,’ ”The term serial killer is misleading on the ground that each murder is intended to be the last.” We see them as a figure of “the dark side of human potential,” but they believe they’re “on a heroic quest for the biggest score possible” They believe they are “the archetypal figure of impurity, the representative of a world which needs cleansing.” However, society knows that serial killers are not heroes, and they’re not cleansing the world. “The figure of the serial killer is violent impurity personified, and it is a construction that necessitates figures of violent purity to confront it.” While it can be argued whether having mental disorders should prevent a serial killer from being capitally punished, it is proven that many serial killers suffer from “paranoid schizophrenia, manic-depressive psychosis, or psychopathology.” It’s even said that “this crime is actually a form of disease. Its carriers are serial killers who suffer from a variety of crippling and eventually fatal symptoms, and its immediate victims are the people struck down seemingly at random by the disease carriers.” Serial killers usually have a stressor in their life that makes them start killing, and when they do “homicidal mania becomes ‘a necessity… linked to the very existence of a psychiatry which had made itself autonomous but needed thereafter to secure a basis for its intervention by gaining recognition as a component of public
So, what is evil? Is it Hitler's near annihilation of the Jewish people during World War II or the senseless massacre at Ti'enneman Square on mainland China? Again we turn to Webster's dictionary, which states evil as causing distress or harm, a source of sorrow, and the fact of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing. (Merriam-Webster) Evil would be any intention to cause an undesirable effect upon one's self or on another person. So by saying that the intentions of a person are not to cause good we automatically assume that they are out to cause evil.