Fantasy's integral role in the creation of a killer
Through out history seldom has an individual been able to hold
a city in fear. Most times people will just either ignore the individual,
let the police handle the situation, or call them wacko or crazy. But then
there are the extreme cases. On this end of the scale people may have
extreme mental problems or very strong motives, so extreme or so strong that
they captivate an entire city or even nation. Jack the Ripper did it by
killing and murdering five prostitutes. In recent times it has been people
like Charles Manson and the Boston Strangler, who assaulted and murdered
thirteen women keeping the entire city captivated in a state of fear.
Serial Killers... Fantasy plays a very important role in creating and or
modeling a serial killer and it is shown through remorse, uniform and
weather or not they have or follow a trademarked style. All of these
elements combined expose the fantasy portrayed by a serial killer.
Pain, does a serial killer have or feel pain for their victims?
Sometimes the killer may depending on the psychological state they are in.
But then regarding the fact most serial killers grow up in violent
households one might say that the killer does not or even can't feel remorse
because violence is what they were brought up in and to believe is true so
it is what they have been conditioned to believe. Or you could take the
approach that the killer feels they are being threatened by their victims
so they had to be removed from the picture altogether. Or finally it might
be the killer is so mentally unstable that they have very little to no
consciences awareness of what they are doing. But what if they do feel
sorrow? Can a serial killer feel sorrow? One researcher says no.
"The inner workings of the mind of a serial killer cannot grasp the feeling
of any kind of sorrow or remorse". Therefore a serial killer is hate
manifested into a physical state and may or may not have motives to kill.
Serial killers may be killing For many reasons weather it be for
revenge or whatever but one thing remains as a standard among killers you
have to be smart to stay alive. Once you have that intellect comes
avoidance from the law and your capture. One of the best cases of a
extremely intelligent killer was the case of the Zodiac Killer in
California. His uniform was to kill couples parked in cars, by shooting
through the window with a .44 gun. Then he changed his uniform victim to
single women who were walking. Then once again he changed uniform this time
back to couples but only if they were not in a car. Thus showing he had a
particular type of victim, although he changed it, it still followed suit
he was just smart enough not to become a pattern killer and changing his
uniform was so that the police would have little chance of catching him.
Many killers have a uniform, a favorite way of killing if you like, Sort of
a pattern. This pattern mostly applies to the victim though.
"Serial killers tend to go after women and children. However some
homosexual killers enjoy hunting gay men." The motivation of these killing
spree's are to some extent unknown but it is speculated that "Their
methodical rampages are almost always sexually motivated." Yet there are
some killers who kill at random with little to no motivation and no uniform
victim. These killers travel around and kill whoever and whenever the
feel it necessary, "This human predator claims more than three victims with
a cooling off period in between each killing." Some people attribute a
killer not following a uniform the reason their killing rampage can continue
for so long, yet also there are some killers who follow uniform and still
get away with a lot for instance Pedro Alonso Lopez. Enter the most
prolific and successful killer of all time. Pedro killed 300 estimated on
the low end and 450 on the high end, all were teenage girls. Pedro's
killing spree took him on a tour over three nations. He would have gone
free except a flash flood unleashed the bodies from their graves.
Pedro like so many others had his way of killing his on trademarked style.
In this part of the essay certain serial killers will be introduced
and a description of their styles will be given.
Warning: this part contains graphic material.
First of all there is the Green River Killer Who "using a stolen ambulance
and police car would lure his victims inside and then brutally beat them and
rape them their corpse he would then leave beside a river. He is believed
to have killed 48+ victims . Next is "Gilles de Rais". An ally of Joan of
Arc in fifthteenth century France Gilles started out as a war hero but then
turned to torture and murder. "He enjoyed killing mostly young boys, who he
would sodomize before and after the decapitation. When he wasn't feeling up
to the task he enjoyed watching his servants butcher the boys and
masturbated over their entrails." Then comes "Andrei Chikato: The soviet
Hannibal Lecter." He lived in Rostov Russia, about 500 miles from Moscow,
where he lived a quiet married life as a teacher. What the town didn't
know was that Andrei preyed on small children. He stalked many of his
victims in train and bus stations and had a penchant for disembowelment
and mutilation. He was also a cannibal and a sadist. And last is "John
Wayne Gacy". John liked to dress in a hand made pogo the clown outfit to
entertain children. This lonely and sadistic contractor also liked to
young boys privately in a very different fashion. The prototypical
organized killer, he had all the aspects of the murder worked out before
each kill. Once he entered murderess fantasy there was no turning back.
He enjoyed handcuffing his victims, anally raping them, beating them to a
pulp, then offering them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, finally he
would recite passages from the bible and strangle them to death."
With this it brings to mind the saying "to each his own" show each different
killers mind workss in its own unique way having it's own pleasure.
"Serial killers similar enough to put into one category, but different
enough to make them difficult to study."
Although we may look inside the mind of a serial killer and in a
medical sense understand how it works we cannot yet grasp the mental
concept Behind why a serial killer kills. It cannot be denied that a
serial killer kills however we can try to understand how to subdue these
mad rampages displayed by a another human being. In that sense we don't
really understand why anyone kills for "A mere slip of the hand on the
steering wheel can turn a normal person into a killer." So until we can
fully understand the motives and workings of an individuals mind we cannot
stop them from thinking the thoughts they think or conjuring the ideas they
want. So until then the world has to move on.
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