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Fantasys integral role in the creation of a killer

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.


1. Dubner Steven J. Portrait Of A Serial Killer New York: Signet 1992

2. Haines, Max Multiple Murderers Toronto: The Toronto sun publishing corp. 1994

3. Marilyn Kim Killing Spree Honolulu: Signet 1989

4. "Genesis Of A Serial Killer" On-line. Internet. December 4 1996

5. "Serial Killer Hit List" On-line. Internet. December 11 1996

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