Mental Illness And The Minds Of Serial Killers Essay

1770 Words Nov 4th, 2016 8 Pages
According to former chief of the FBI 's Elite Serial Crime Unit, John Douglas, at any given moment in the United States, there is an estimated 25-50 active serial killers. A question that I’ve wondered in the past is whether mental illness plays a significant role in the minds of serial killers. I’ve always had a curiosity for serial killers, and have always wondered about their thinking patterns. What I do know is that is that most serial killers have no remorse for their victims or their families. For myself, this has sparked the new question about whether mental illness plays a part in a serial killer’s actions. In legal cases involving serial killers, many of the defendants will plead insanity, sparing them from prison and sending them to a mental institution instead. But many times, I have wondered if they themselves truly believe that they are insane, or are they just pleading insanity to get away with their crimes. However, I have heard that they are not in control of their actions. Also, what I would really like to know is how people who are raised by ordinary parents and who grew up in neighborhoods similar to mine, can have such a dark side that allows them to kill repeatedly with no remorse for their actions.
Starting off my search, I relied on Google to look for some popular and easy-to-find sources. In the search bar, I typed, "serial killers and mental illness" and came across a page titled, "What Would We Find Wrong in the Brain of a Serial Killer?" This…

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