Are Serial Killers Born or Made? Essay

1567 Words Dec 19th, 2012 7 Pages
Evidence that was gathered from books such as “Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers” and “Inside the Minds of Serial Killers,” both written by Kathertine Ramsland, provide information and evidence that killers are in fact made, not born. Some of the reasons that people believe that killers are made and not born are due to research by many psychiatrists on serial killers and mass murderers who are on death roe that have committed some of the most heinous crimes. One argument is that there is a set of factors that make people kill which are neurologic damage, abuse, and paranoid thinking (Pincus, Base Instincts). Another argument that follows the same guidelines was perceived from examining the many murders and serial killings in American …show more content…
A lot of the time children who develop ADHD at a young age and are not being treated for it due to neglect from their parents they progress into worse mental illnesses such as depression (Pincus,145). Other very common mental disorders that a murderer may have are schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. The mental illness alone is rarely enough to make someone kill though. People are triggered to kill when someone has endured a terrible childhood or experiences along with a mental illness (Ramsland,Inside the Minds of Serial Killers,58). Although many people believe that a psychopath is born to kill and all it takes is one trigger, it is actually a build up of emotions, stress, and most likely a lifetime of disappointments starting early in their childhood. Another reason that it is argued that mass murderers and serial killers are not born as murderers is due to the motivations that they have behind each killing. Although there are some differences between the motivations behind a mass murderer and a serial killer such as how they choose their victims, they all have something that triggers them to kill for once and for all. There is an obvious intent behind every murderer, which forms over time and virtually becomes their sick obsession. The motivations of a murderer are based upon the experiences they have

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