25-03-2021 • Detective • by Ludovica Luvi F
ATTENTION: This article is about a pretty sensible topic. We do not condone actions by serial killers in any way, this was written out of pure curiosity.
This week I will write about serial killers and the way they work.
The serial killer or serial murderes, is a killer of a compulsive nature, often killing people with common characteristics such as age, sex or profession or with specific preferences towards children, women or men with or without temporal regularity and a characteristic modus operandi (that is the way they act towards their victims).
Usually the victims chosen by the serial killer are substitutes for another person who is the real object of his anger or compulsion for example some serial killers take. I don't know, for example blonde women that have a "happy" family: they kidnap and kill or torture them maybe because that woman reminds them of a woman who fired them and they want to get revenge because they think that all women are like that. Sometimes their victims are actually like this, sometimes they just come for women with the aspect of the person who fired them in the past. The compulsive nature of the action, sometimes without motive, is generally linked to traumas in the emotional-sexual sphere.
The psychological motivations of the serial killer can be extremely different, but in most cases they are linked to impulses towards the exercise of power or sexual impulses, especially with sadistic connotations. The psychology of the serial killer is often characterized by a feeling of inadequacy and a low level of self-esteem, sometimes linked to childhood traumas such as humiliation, bullying or sexual abuse or to a particularly depressing socio-economic condition. In these cases, crime constitutes a source of compensation from which to derive a feeling of power.
These feelings can arise either from the murder itself or from the belief that one can outsmart the police. The inability to empathize with the suffering of one's victims is another common characteristic to serial killers, is frequently described with adjectives such as psychopathic or sociopathic. Associated with sadism and the desire for power, it can lead to the torture of one's victims or to killing techniques that involve prolonged torture of the victim.
Some serial killers evolve the intensity of the torture or the more violent ways to kill the victims through the experience in coming years.
Some serial killers are not recognizable because they can look perfectly normal on the outside (this not to freak you out and of course, I don't admire these people but I want to work in the police that is why I know this stuff), sometimes the people you trust can be very dangerous but the most common murder is of a women and the killers are usually men between their 30s and 50s.
Given the morbid, psychopathic and sociopathic nature of the criminal conduct of the serial killer, the defense attorney invokes insanity in most trials. However, this line of defense fails almost systematically in judicial systems such as that of the United States, in which mental illness is defined as the inability to distinguish good and evil when the criminal act is committed. The crimes of serial killers are almost always premeditated and the murderer himself often finds his motivation in the awareness of their moral significance.
Of course there is also murder who is not permitted but on the crime scene you can notice it, it can come from a sudden anger attack or something clicked inside their heads.
That's it for now, see you next week!
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