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Righteous
post May 5 2004, 05:13 AM
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I'm a psychology major. Whithin my major, I'm specializing in abnormal psychology, specifically serial killers. I've been reading up on a lot of notorious serial murderers on my favorite site The Crime Library and it got me thinking about things. What do you guys think causes people to become serial killers? What must society do with these individuals? What can we do to prevent people from becoming murderous?

The first one is easy. If your Freudian (like me) then you believe that these problems are sexually based. One's Oedipus complex can cause him/her to have unresolved feelings of anger and sex. That is why the VAST majority of serial killers are males with issues with their parents.

John Wayne Gacy never got on with his father and had a serious, almost incestuous, relationship with his mother and serious problems with his sexual identity. He would rape teenage boys and young men, kill them then bury them under his house. He did this over a hundred times I believe.

The Zodiac Killer was different. He felt a severe rejection from women (maybe even his mother) and therefore, to feel "big," if you will, decided to kill people "for fun" and allude the cops which he has successfully for over thirty years.

Charles Manson was severely rejected by both of his parents. He found his personal strength from manipulating others to kill for him. For him and many other serial killers it's about power over their victims in some form or fasion.

I'm really at a loss as to what must be done about serial killers. I figure the best we can do to keep people is to raise kids to the best of our ability. I also think having the pill around is a good idea too. Is there anyone here who can level with me on this? Murderers in general are an anomaly but serial killers are a complete mystery in and of themselves and is something we must address.


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post May 20 2004, 03:16 PM
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QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ May 20 2004, 12:11 PM)
Or maybe the person really is a cold-hearted, sadistic, bastard.

So what makes them like that and why would that make them a serial killer? unsure.gif

I had a fairly poor relationship with my Dad. He wasn't around much and he didn't do that many "Dad" like things with us. I didn't realise this until I got older. I thought it was the norm to have my Mum do all the work. I'm not saying he was a terrible Dad but I think he could have done a better job. It might have messed me up a little but it would never turn me into a serial killer. I guess it's not as exteme as cases like Ed Gein, etc.

What I'm trying to say is I don't think that one particular thing can be the causal factor for serial killers. It could be that they had a bang on the head or some sort of brain defect but if they had a happy childhood that wouldn't make them serial killers. It could be that they had an unhappy childhood only but that wouldn't necessarily make them evil as they might be surrounded by people as they grew up that changed that. It's a combination of things.

Personally I think this subject is fascinating but have real trouble getting my head round psychology. Ironically enough! laugh.gif I need someone to give me an idiots guide to the lot of them! biggrin.gif


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- Righteous   Serial Killers   May 5 2004, 05:13 AM
- - The Lorax   I also believe a lot of serial killers were ...   May 5 2004, 05:36 AM
- - porcelainwarrior   I also believe that the behaviours of many prolifi...   May 5 2004, 08:27 AM
- - The Lorax   Porcelianwarrior is right--no matter how many step...   May 5 2004, 04:28 PM
- - Righteous   Don't assume that serial killers aren't so...   May 5 2004, 06:56 PM
- - Patient #212   Alluding to the Oedipal Complex: I don't know ...   May 5 2004, 07:57 PM
- - Ocean!   That's my favorite site, too. I just finished ...   May 5 2004, 10:22 PM
- - Righteous   QUOTE (Patient #212 @ May 5 2004, 02:56 PM)Wh...   May 5 2004, 10:53 PM
- - The Lorax   I never said i thought Serial Killers were a good ...   May 6 2004, 12:39 AM
- - Sir Maxerpopple   QUOTE I never said i thought Serial Killers were a...   May 6 2004, 12:45 AM
- - Righteous   Maybe we should sic Max's toy robots on them...   May 6 2004, 01:33 AM
- - Patient #212   Fair enough, Righteous... I'm not a psychologi...   May 6 2004, 01:48 AM
- - porcelainwarrior   In response to Patient #212...I don't know exa...   May 6 2004, 02:15 PM
- - Righteous   QUOTE (Patient #212 @ May 5 2004, 08:47 PM)I ...   May 6 2004, 07:53 PM
- - candice   QUOTE (Righteous @ May 4 2004, 09:12 PM)The f...   May 7 2004, 04:13 PM
- - Righteous   Candice, if you go deep into Freudian psychology, ...   May 7 2004, 04:40 PM
- - The Lorax   QUOTE (Righteous @ May 7 2004, 09:39 AM)wanti...   May 7 2004, 04:42 PM
- - gothictheysay   ... It seems the equation here is somewhat equal ...   May 7 2004, 07:50 PM
- - Patient #212   Yes, Candice, I had thought that Freud's theor...   May 7 2004, 08:18 PM
- - Sir Maxerpopple   QUOTE (Righteous @ May 5 2004, 09:32 PM) May...   May 8 2004, 02:58 AM
- - gothictheysay   QUOTE Maybe we should sic Max's toy robots on ...   May 8 2004, 03:25 AM
- - Overfriendly_Kitten   I feel that it is possibly a mistake to lump all s...   May 8 2004, 05:00 PM
- - Patient #212   QUOTE (gothictheysay @ May 7 2004, 11:24 PM)H...   May 8 2004, 07:39 PM
- - Righteous   QUOTE And what's the difference between a seri...   May 10 2004, 05:19 AM
- - Edward_lover1200   *looks around thread so happy to be among my own k...   May 20 2004, 11:52 AM
- - {Gothic Angel}   (*Does the happy dance for EL1200* Welcome back, h...   May 20 2004, 12:12 PM
- - Pixiegoth   QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ May 20 2004, 12:11 PM...   May 20 2004, 03:16 PM
- - jenofthejen   I think that most serial killers or, 'lust...   Jun 15 2004, 05:07 PM


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