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    Serial Killers: Born or Bred to Kill? Criminals like Charles Manson can attribute their sadistic nature from a childhood of neglect and abuse, whereas serial killers like David Berkowitz – who grew up in a healthy, supportive family – have no justifiable reason for their actions, other than their own desire to kill. Unfortunately, both types of men infamously manifested their destinies into become the human incarnation of the Grim Reaper himself. There have been numerous studies conducted in efforts to determine the correlation between mental deficiencies and its effects on the probability of a person become a serial killer. Although there have been many cases where the correlation between the two is significantly evident, there still lies the infinitely debatable question – What makes a person a serial killer? In the ever continuous Nature vs. Nurture debate, any correlation between a person’s tendency to kill or act out in violence and its relevance to their genetics or their surroundings is held under deep speculation. The fact of the matter is that a person’s desire to kill does not stem wholly from their biology or their surroundings, but it can be either or. Some people are just destined to become serial killers. In Dr. Berit Brogaard’s Psychology Today blog, she specifies clearly that “The Minnesota twin study has shown that psychopathy is 60 percent heritable” (Brogaard 2012). In this study, twins were held under observation to determine whether or not they still…

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    According to Criminology Today, the term psychopath is defined as “an individual who has a personality disorder, especially one manifested in aggressively antisocial behavior, and who is lacking empathy” (Schmalleger 126). The term sociopath is also used interchangeably with psychopath with some differences. When most individuals think of a psychopath, they think of a seriously deranged serial killer, and they are mostly correct, however, it is much more than that. The one major attribute to…

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    delivery guys, taxi drivers and police officers usually do not apply because they are more comfortable killing on their driving routes. There has been a serial killer police officer who was named John Gerard Schaefer. He lived in Florida. While he was in his squad he would kidnap teenage girls, tie them to trees, go back to work and after he clocked out, returned to rape and kill them. His alibi was always “I was at work when they disappeared” (Brown, 2003). Many serial killers suffer from…

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    According to “Herb Baumeister and the Horrors of Fox Hollow,” Herb Baumeister was the oldest of four children to the parents Herbert and Elizabeth Baumeister. Baumeister’s parents perceived him as being normal, except his love of watching documentaries about serial killers. One of Baumeister’s childhood friends recalls him as being a bit odd by recalling one of Baumeister’s favorite pass times which was to play with dead animals. On another occasion he recalls Baumeister leavening a dead bird on…

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    Everything happens for a reason, even murder. Nonetheless, people believe murderers should not be able to explain why they ended a life, but this could be vital to preventing future homicides. However, most of the time, the motive is not clear. One explanation of this could be a personality disorder known as antisocial personality disorder. Many serial killers have this disorder. As he is described in Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, H.H. Holmes possesses symptoms of antisocial disorder.…

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    Arrigo (2001, n.p.) defined psychopaths as “an elusive and perplexing psychological construct”, which across history has experienced several degrees of social condemnation. Similarly, the public’s perception of a psychopath, such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, is someone who has committed such horrific violent crimes as a serial and mass murder. As explained previously, a psychopath does not need to express violent tendencies to have developed a lack of emotional attachment, which many have…

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    Psycho Norman Analysis

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    Note: Within the essay, whenever the term serial killer is used, it encompasses any type of violent offender without a motive or a connection to the victims. Today’s society is not able to truly comprehend the serial or the mass murderer. With no motive or connection to the victims, the violence does not make sense. It is difficult to depict a character or concept only partially understood. Psycho took this perplexing subject and executed it respectfully and appropriately. It was the…

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    To further understand how serial killers are created by their upbringing, we must first get to know what a serial killer does, and the different types of serial killers there are running around. Many psychologists have classified that serial killers are sociopaths and or psychotic. Under the psychological microscope, Sociopath and psychopaths are considered to be the same by nature, they both exhibit antisocial behavior, but they’re both extremely different. Psychopathy, used to describe a…

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    An almost psychopath follows the behavior society finds acceptable while still not playing by the rules. They often have aggressive narcissism and a problem with competiveness. If someone were to get close to one or to meet one, the relationship of sorts would more than likely not last very long. If it did last, it would be through the work of the partner who wasn’t an almost psychopath (Becker and McNenry). Psychopathy is more common than what most people would like to believe, being twice as…

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    Serial Killers Essay

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    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…

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