May 2, 2005
What twists a man so far as murder?
Many things today confuse, yet enthrall the masses. War, murder, medical science, incredible rescues, all things you would see on The History Channel. There is another topic that is also made into documentaries however, serial killers. Dark twisted people that commit multiple murders are of interest to the population, but what caused them to be this way. What horrible tragic set of events could twist a man to murder one or many people. Could Schizophrenia, psychopathy, or sociopathy? Many people have researched this topic and believe that childhood trauma, heavy drugs during the growing phase of life, as well as many other things have twisted the minds of men
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Would the parents notice this as a problem or could the parents have cause such issues through mistreatment of the child. Are there other means by which a person can be formed and twisted into a serial killer. John Wayne Gacy as a child was kept on heavy barbiturate drugs by his mother and was sexually molested by a male relative. Gacy later in life would murder his victims after sodomising and molesting them. In the case of Gacy the thing that triggered his murderous ways was the combination of drugs and sexual abuse. It is quite possible that these things twisted his mind and created the monster that he became. Gacy however is a very open case and very well known. The triad as stated before is only accurate about 60% of serial killers. What fueled the others to kill. According to Melissa Anne Madden, a researcher for Court Tv, there are people called Copycat murderers who become obsessed with a certain serial killer and mimic their ways of murder often times after the murderer has been jailed or put to death. Many of these cases did not meet the criteria of the triad but however murdered as many if not more than the original killer that they chose to mimic. The zodiac killer in New York was one of these. Where the original zodiac killer murdered victims in the Bay Area a mimic appeared in New York. The handwriting on the notes was different and the physical description given by witnesses was completely different as well. Copy cats