Personality of a Serial Killer Essay

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THE PERSONALITY OF A SERIAL KILLER [pic] [pic] [pic] Jeffery Dahmer John Wayne Gacy Theodore Bundy [pic] [pic] [pic] Kristen Gilbert Velma Barfield Albert Fish Mary Chandler 19 February 2007 Wow, where to begin. For many years I have been so intrigued with profiling serial killers, it’s not even funny. I read only true crime novels and mainly watch crime shows and anything that has to do with understanding the criminal minds. Serial killers become celebrities instantly because it points to a fascination we have with the dark, violent places in the human mind. This infatuation is because nearly every serial killer that has been identified is just the guy next door, intelligent, well spoken and/or described as a very nice boy. We must first understand and define the personality of a serial killer. The word personality means a distinctive and relatively stable pattern of behavior, thoughts, motives, and emotions that characterizes an individual. (Wade/Tavris pg. 663). Serial killer means someone who commits three or more murders in three or more separate locations with an emotional cooling off period in between the homicides. Serial killers are the group of people who kill, kill, and kill over a long period of time without ever being caught or stopped. Serial killers are generally cunning, manipulative and know the difference between right and wrong but dismiss it as applying to them. They are not capable of normal emotions such as love and generally react without considering the consequences of their actions. Psychotics are the minority of serial killers. They are usually insane and delusional. The fail to perceive reality correctly and usually hear voices, see visions,

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