The Cause Of Serial Killers

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Serial killers- the very words sends chill down people’s spines. They are the scum of society, the “psychos” who prey on the innocent. Textbooks are written on them and their methods are reference material. Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Jack the Ripper- names of monsters in the shape of men. These men have spawned movies and books. The question we must ask ourselves is: what causes men to change into monsters? For the infamous Charles Manson, leader of the Manson Family cult, the cause is very clear. Born the illegitimate child of a prostitute in 1934, Manson was then sent around the country to different caretakers and relatives. At one time his obsessively religious grandmother who was his caretaker, whose…show more content…
It was the Victorian Era, and London was indeed a tale of two cities: the rich and powerful English nobles; and the squalor of the poor and downtrodden. The date was August 31, 1888, when the body of Mary Ann Nichols was found in the White Chapel District of London (Colby-Newton). This was the first of five unsolvable murders done by the infamous Jack the Ripper (so named because of letters he sent to the constables with the signature “Jack”). Her throat and abdomen had been slashed, leaving little blood. The second murder was found eight days later. Ann Chapman was found with her abdomen slashed and parts of her intestines missing (Colby-Newton). The third and fourth murders occurred three weeks later, both on the same night. Elizabeth Stride was found with her throat cut, but no mutilation. The same night Catherine Eddowes was found with her throat cut and mutilation on her face and stomach (Colby-Newton). The murders were horrible and the suspects many, but all four of them seemed to be merely warm-ups to the last and worst murder. On the 9th of November, Mary Kelly was found in her room brutally mutilated. Her throat and abdomen had been slashed like the others had been, but with some new details. Her intestines were found strewn about the small room and her legs were missing flesh. One of her arms had been pushed into the gaping hole in her stomach. It was the worst of the murders (Gregg and Lane).…show more content…
Unlike Manson, he did not come from a dysfunctional family and unlike Gacy, he had a good relationship with his father. The reason for his homicidal urges was purely sexual (Crimelibrary.com). He is known as “The Cannibal” and for a good reason. Dahmer killed and partially ate at least eighteen young men and boys in Milwaukee, Minnesota. He would lure them into his home with suggestions of sex, and then he would kill them, drilling holes into their heads, hoping to make mindless sex slaves. Later he would masturbate over their dead corpses and make trophies out of the ones he especially liked (Sifakis Vol. 1). The Milwaukee police knew of Dahmer, having had come to his home over an investigation of a young Laotian boy running around naked, screaming outside of Dahmer’s apartment. When the police arrived, Dahmer convinced them that the young man was his lover and was a bit drunk and ran out of the apartment after having an argument. The police allowed Dahmer to take the young man back to his apartment, not knowing that moments later Dahmer killed the boy (Crimelibrary.com). Police finally searched Dahmer’s apartment on July 22, 1991. They found the remains and stench of several dead bodies. They arrested Dahmer and in February of 1992, Dahmer was convicted of the murders of fifteen men. Later he was killed in prison (Sifakis Vol.

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