Why do Serial killers Kill?
The question has been asked why serial killers kill. Where does this desire come from to take the life of someone else. Some have questioned as to whether it is genetic, biological, spiritual, hormonal or due to some cultural environment.
Sure, we all experience rage from time to time, yet there is always some level of restrictions in our minds that causes one to stop at a point. Call it morality if you will or our social development. Since the rage to kill can be caused by a mental deficiency, some have claimed that serial killers are insane. The say what kind of a normal person would take another human being’s life just for the fun or it is as if they were just playing a sport of hunting birds.
But the frightening reality of the whole matter is that serial killers are so crazy that most of them commit murders that are based on rational and well- thought- out plans. Dennis Nilsen stated that ‘ a person’s mind can be evil without it being abnormal,
The FBI defines serial killers as:
Ãƒ’šÃ‚· They have a minimum of 3 ‘š 4 victims, with a break period.
Ãƒ’šÃ‚· The victim is normally a stranger to the killers with no connection at all, just chosen at random.
Ãƒ’šÃ‚· The murder reveals a need to brutally kill the victim.
Ãƒ’šÃ‚· The killers’ motive is rarely for material purposes, only psychological ones.
Ãƒ’šÃ‚· Killers prey on victims who are vulnerable (hookers, runaways, homeless, young children)
Statistically, the average serial killer is a Caucasian, of lower to middle class status, between the ages of early twenties to late thirties, has a history of suffering emotionally and physically abused by parents or from foster homes. During childhood, serial killers would set fire to animals as a means of torturing them. Some have even desired to join the police force or to hold positions of authority such as the military or security forces.