An Inside Into a Killer's Mind

An Inside Into a Killer's Mind

An Inside into a Killer’s Mind
Psychopathy is defined as a personality disorder characterized by a lack of remorse, empathy, anxiety, and other social emotions; the use of deceit and manipulation; and impulsive thrill seeking. (Wade 383) According to the article “What ‘Psychopath’ Means”, it is stated that 25% of inmates in prison meet the criteria to be diagnosed as a psychopath. With so many criminals diagnosed as psychopaths can serial killers be classified as psychopaths and therefore “excused” for the crimes they commit? Many researchers agree that serial killers tend to lack empathy, compassion, and crave power.
Serial killers have been an interesting topic throughout history. There are the infamous serial killers like Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, etc. (Encyclopedia) According to Richard Whittington’s journal “The Serial Killer Phenomenon,” “A large number of serial killers have such characteristics in common, as being essentially a loner, experiencing difficulty with relationships, and showing, psychopathically, neither empathy, conscience, nor remorse, only arrogance.” Whittington believes that most serial killers are outsiders or “rejects”, but many serial killers display normal characteristics which is why it may come as a surprise to friends and family that their loved one is indeed a killer. If serial killers come in all shapes and sizes, than what are the common characteristics that they all seem to share? Whittington states, “the power to dominate… is the driving force behind the practice of torture common to so many serial killers.” (Whittington 328) In many cases, serial killers tend to revisit crime scenes; try to sexually dominate a victim, and usually kill a certain type of victim. Whittington states that “it is not an uncommon behavioral feature”, for serial killers to revisit the scene of the crime. Often, to remind themselves about the crime, like a “trophy” or a reminder of the power they had during the killing. Because of...

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