Title of the Essay: Finding the Killers-in advance
Author: David J. Tenenbaum
Date of Publication: August 2, 2012
Topic of the Essay: Serial Killers
In the article Finding the Killers-in advance which was published in whyfiles.org on August 2, 2012 and written by David Tenenbaum who exposes a question on the topic of the serial killers and whether they can be “caught” before the strike.
Key Supporting Ideas
A. Tenenbaum cites Scott Lilienfeld, who is a professor of psychology who states that human behavior is hard to predict.
B. The article expresses that even if the act of killing a lot a people in a movie theater may look crazy or an act of mental illness, in many times the perpetrator is actually a sane person.
C. Tenenbaum expresses in his article that even thou that mental illness may play a role in mass killings it doesn’t help to identify who the next serial killer will be.
D. The article states that many sings of a serial killer is someone who is extremely angry, frustrated, cruel to animals, aggressive, a blamer, bullied, and fantasized with guns and revenge, and are mostly male, only 5% of mass killers are women.
E. In the article mentions that prison is not the best place for mentally ill people who have committed crimes to be, they need to be in treatment centers, prisons are not build to handle these people.
F. Tenenbaum finalizes the article by saying that we can’t go cherry picking thru “weird family” houses to find the next mass killer, and ask us how can we force someone in to treatment, but that it doesn’t always for everybody and if it does not for long.
III. Personal Reflection:
Determining the cause, and who may be a potential serial killer is a very impossible task. Its true that many serial killers have had mental problems but others are very intelligent people whom no one ever could imagine doing a terrible act like that. In my opinion I really don’t...