FINAL FINAL FINAL ENGLISH

FINAL FINAL FINAL ENGLISH - Nilo Amerkashi Professor...

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Nilo Amerkashi Professor Robinson EN102 December 16, 2009 Amerkashi 1 Child Abuse in Serial Killers Charles Manson, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, the Boston Strangler, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. Despite the years of history that separate these names, they remain permanently preserved within the consciousness of Americans because of the massively violent and calculated nature of their crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines a serial killer as, “ a person who murders three or more people over a period of more than thirty days, with a ‘cooling off’ period between each murder, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification.” Serial killers, both men and women, represent social horrors of the most terrifying variety. They are human predators, cannibals in a figurative and often, literal sense, and are therefore uniquely rebellious to society's carefully constructed norms. They frighten because they are human in form but without the social conscience that, for many, defines humanity. They capture the public eye because they terrify, but also because they draw a sort of gruesome curiosity about the human potential for evil. Serial killers have always aroused the curiosity and concern of the public. People seem to be both fascinated and repulsed by their horrendous crimes. The stories make newspaper headlines, and their gruesome murders are the subject of popular movies and best-selling books. As early as the 1800’s, many researchers and criminologists have continued to understand why serial killers are the way they are, but none can singly explain their behavior. Analyzing the data available on numerous, infamous serial killers, it can be seen that childhood
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Amerkashi 2 abuse, neglect, and in many cases torture, is the most common thread linking together all serial killers. As adolescents, serial killers may feel a sense of worthlessness or inadequateness. Poverty or low socioeconomic status and childhood abuse and humiliation can cause these types of feelings. The crimes committed by these individuals are compensation for their feelings. In their minds, a sense of power comes from terrifying their victims and also confusing the police. It makes perfect sense that if human beings are raised in warm loving households, and brought up to believe that the world is a secure and decent place, then they will grow up with a healthy relationship toward themselves and towards other people, able to give love freely and receive it in return. On the other hand, if a person is severely maltreated from their earliest years, subjected to constant psychological and physical abuse, then they will grow up with a malignant view of life. To such a person, the world is a hateful place where all relationships are based, not on love and respect, but on power, suffering, and humiliation. Former FBI agent, Robert Ressler, coined the term “serial killer” in the mid-1970s.
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