Serial Killers And The Killers Essay

2246 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Serial killers are as fascinating as they are horrifying. As much as we fear them, we are intrigued in learning about them and knowing their story. Today our society is filled with shows like “Dexter” and “Criminal Minds” that gives a glimpse of serial killers. We enjoy watching it on television or reading about it in books or on the internet. Scholars take hours out of their day to studying these murders and crimes. When we watch these shows we are filled with these fantasies of killings and torture, and once the show is over those fantasies stop. Serial killer’s fantasies continue. This leaves us with the questions, “How can we stop these fantasies and not kill?”, and “Why do they kill?”
Murder has been dated back since the early 1400s. Ancient Roman emperors, such as Caligula, indulged their sadistic inclinations at will, as no doubt did many a despot with a cruel streak, who could exert state-sanctioned power over other people (Miller, 2013). A French nobleman raped, tortured, and killed several children deriving pleasure from their agonies. In 1866, Richard von Krafft-Ebing published his classic text, Psychopathia Sexualis, which contained the first comprehensive tract on serial sexual homicide in the modern era, presenting a careful description of many of the characteristics that serial homicide investigators still use today to profile crimes (Miller, 2013). These characteristics include the tendency to lie, manipulate, theft (souvenirs from the crime scene), torture…

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