The Twisted Mind of a Serial Killer

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The Twisted Mind of a Serial Killer As police walk into an abandoned house, a foul stench overtakes them. The room is dim and looks as though no one has been here for months. They walk further into the house and begin to see spots of blood on the floor. They follow this trail down the stairs into the basement where the smell becomes overwhelming, causing some of the officers to gasp and run back up the stairs. In the basement, they find the remains of several young boys who have been molested and badly mutilated. What could cause someone to participate in such horrendous deeds? What sort of person is able to perform such wicked acts? Serial killers always have aroused the curiosity and concern of the public. People seem to be…show more content…
Robert Ressler said, "Instead of developing positive traits of trust, security, and autonomy, child development becomes dependent on fantasy life and its dominant themes, rather than on social interaction" (84). Hazelwood and Douglas, former FBI agents, also attribute childhood abuse as a cause for a person becoming a serial killer. They state in one of their papers that most killers do not come from an environment of love and understanding. Instead they come from an environment full of abuse, where they were neglected and experienced a great deal of conflict early in life. As a result of this, these children are unable to develop and use proper coping devices in situations that arise in their lives (4). One of the most prolific serial killers of all time, Luis Gavarito, confessed to killing 140 children in Colombia. As a child he was continuously beaten by his father and sexually molested by two male neighbors (Mendoza). This is an obvious precursor to his inhuman actions later in life. Some serial killers are considered psychopaths. A psychopath is a person with an antisocial personality disorder, especially one manifested in perverted, aggressive, or criminal behavior (Psychopathy 1104). Many killers often try to rationalize their actions. The Associated Press quotes Ted Bundy saying, "I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill." Ted 's childhood was very troubled; he grew up thinking that his mother was his sister and that his grandparents
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