rFantasy’s Integral Role In The Creation Of A KillerThrough out history seldom has an individual been able to hold a cityin fear. Most times people will just either ignore the individual, let thepolice handle the situation, or call them wacko or crazy. But then there arethe extreme cases. On this end of the scale people may have extreme mentalproblems or very strong motives, so extreme or so strong that they captivate anentire city or even nation. Jack the Ripper did it by killing and murderingfive prostitutes. In recent times it has been people like Charles Manson andthe Boston Strangler, who assaulted and murdered thirteen women keeping theentire city captivated in a state of fear. Serial Killers..
. Fantasy plays avery important role in creating and or modeling a serial killer and it is shownthrough remorse, uniform and weather or not they have or follow a trademarkedstyle. All of these elements combined expose the fantasy portrayed by a serialkiller.Pain, does a serial killer have or feel pain for their victims?Sometimes the killer may depending on the psychological state they are in. Butthen regarding the fact most serial killers grow up in violent households onemight say that the killer does not or even can’t feel remorse because violenceis what they were brought up in and to believe is true so it is what they havebeen conditioned to believe.
Or you could take the approach that the killerfeels they are being threatened by their victims so they had to be removed fromthe picture altogether. Or finally it might be the killer is so mentallyunstable that they have very little to no consciences awareness of what they aredoing. But what if they do feel sorrow? Can a serial killer feel sorrow? Oneresearcher says no. “The inner workings of the mind of a serial killer cannotgrasp the feeling of any kind of sorrow or remorse”. Therefore a serial killeris hate manifested into a physical state and may or may not have motives tokill.Serial killers may be killing For many reasons weather it be forrevenge or whatever but one thing remains as a standard among killers you haveto be smart to stay alive. Once you have that intellect comes avoidance fromthe law and your capture.
One of the best cases of a extremely intelligentkiller was the case of the Zodiac Killer in California. His uniform was to killcouples parked in cars, by shooting through the window with a .44 gun. Then hechanged his uniform victim to single women who were walking. Then once againhe 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, itstill followed suit he was just smart enough not to become a pattern killer andchanging his uniform was so that the police would have little chance ofcatching 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. “Serialkillers tend to go after women and children. However some homosexual killersenjoy hunting gay men.” The motivation of these killing spree’s are to someextent unknown but it is speculated that “Their methodical rampages are almostalways sexually motivated.” Yet there are some killers who kill at random withlittle to no motivation and no uniform victim.
These killers travel around andkill whoever and whenever the feel it necessary, “This human predator claimsmore than three victims with a cooling off period in between each killing.” Somepeople attribute a killer not following a uniform the reason their killingrampage can continue for so long, yet also there are some killers who followuniform and still get away with a lot for instance Pedro Alonso Lopez. Enterthe most prolific and successful killer of all time. Pedro killed 300estimated 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 havegone free except a flash flood unleashed the bodies from their graves. Pedrolike so many others had his way of killing his on trademarked style.In this part of the essay certain serial killers will be introduced anda 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 andpolice car would lure his victims inside and then brutally beat them and rapethem, their corpse he would then leave beside a river. He is believed to havekilled 48+ victims . Next is “Gilles de Rais”. An ally of Joan of Arc infifthteenth century France Gilles started out as a war hero but then turned totorture and murder. “He enjoyed killing mostly young boys, who he wouldsodomize before and after the decapitation. When he wasn’t feeling up to thetask he enjoyed watching his servants butcher the boys and masturbated overtheir entrails.” Then comes “Andrei Chikato: The soviet Hannibal Lecter.
” Helived in Rostov Russia, about 500 miles from Moscow, where he lived a quietmarried life as a teacher. What the town didn’t know was that Andrei preyed onsmall children. He stalked many of his victims in train and bus stations andhad a penchant for disembowelment and mutilation. He was also a cannibal and asadist.
And last is “John Wayne Gacy”. John liked to dress in a hand madepogo the clown outfit to entertain children. This lonely and sadisticcontractor also liked to young boys privately in a very different fashion. Theprototypical organized killer, he had all the aspects of the murder worked outbefore 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 recitepassages from the bible and strangle them to death.” With this it brings tomind the saying “to each his own” show each different killers mind workss in itsown unique way having it’s own pleasure. “Serial killers similar enough to putinto one category, but different enough to make them difficult to study.
“Although we may look inside the mind of a serial killer and in amedical sense understand how it works we cannot yet grasp the mental conceptBehind why a serial killer kills. It cannot be denied that a serial killerkills however we can try to understand how to subdue these mad rampagesdisplayed by a another human being. In that sense we don’t really understandwhy anyone kills for “A mere slip of the hand on the steering wheel can turn anormal person into a killer.” So until we can fully understand the motives andworkings of an individuals mind we cannot stop them from thinking the thoughtsthey think or conjuring the ideas they want. So until then the world has tomove on.
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