Is a Serial Killer Born or Created? Essay

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Serial killers have many frightening facets. The most frightening thing about them is that experts still do not know what makes a human become a serial killer. Many experts believe serial killers become what they are because they have a genetic disposition or brain abnormality while other experts believe that a serial killer is created by childhood abuse; and some other experts believe that it is a combination of both brain abnormalities and abusive childhood experiences that creates a serial killer. A murderer is considered a serial killer when they “murder three or more persons in at least three separate events with a “cooling off period” between kills” (Mitchell and Aamodt 40). When defining a serial killer, their background, genes, …show more content…
The temporal lobes are responsible for emotions as well and memory, language and learning (Culter, Dombrowski, Doughtery, Henderson, and Nicholas). Damage to the frontal and temporal lobes prevents someone from having sympathy and relating emotions with others which may make it like a hunter killing an animal. Without being able to relate to others, it may cause that individual to feel ostracized and like they belong to another species; making it less monumental to take the life of another human being. Serial killers tend to murder during times of stress; (Mitchell and Aamodt 40); since murdering causes them to feel like stress is relieved perhaps killing is a compulsion driven by their brain’s mutated needs that only they can understand.
However, it is undeniable that most serial killers had endured serious abuse as children. A lot of people want to blame the parents of the offenders, asking “what did you turn your child into?” 36% of serial killers were physically abused, 26% were sexually abused, and 50% were psychologically abused (Mitchell and Aamodt 45). Many people have logically come to the conclusion that just because someone is abused, it does not mean that they will become a serial killer; or even a murderer; which is true. In the general population (people who have never committed murder) only 6% are physically abused, 3% are sexually abused, and 2% are psychologically abused (Mitchell and Aamodt 45). The dramatic difference of abuse frequency

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