What makes people become serial killers? Are people predisposed to be evil people? Does a hard childhood helped create the breeding ground for someone later to become a cold stone killer? Do serial killers feel remorse? Are killers redeemable? Wow, those are some hardcore questions aren’t they? Well, our think tank decided to take up the subject and try to find a solution. No, we didn’t find the solution, but we found that there are others who’ve spent their lives studying these things and are making some pretty decent headway on the subject. Let’s talk.
The questions above are real questions that we pondered. Yes, serial killers are fascinating, and then in some ways not. I’ve enjoyed reading up on those who hunt serial killers and find it interesting too. Yes, Good VS. Evil is an interesting topic, one thing I find interesting as a non-religious person is how easy it is for someone to justify their actions because they are a ‘good person according to their faith, or that they’ve been forgiven for their deeds by their god.
That to me is somewhat problematic, worse those folks who have to pray 5 times a day to remind themselves to be good, ouch, and I don’t mean to say anything which might be construed as Islamophobic, because I know that is a no-no, but, I find it all pretty unfortunate. Sharia Law for instance; stoning, honor killing, and what have you. Of course, I don’t for a minute forget the Salem With Trials, as my own ancestry was involved on both sides of that – witches and punishers.
Indeed, I wonder if cults, religion, and such cause more damage to an otherwise healthy mind than they actually help to align and organizing society in a positive way. And my ancestors at the Salem Witch Trials are one such example of the challenges of self-righteousness in the mind; “I am right, they are wrong, they are evil, I am good,” motif. No, not all serial killers ended up that way due to religion, but many mass killings had those components clouding judgment, dare to compare?
In studying such things I enjoyed watching all the YouTube Videos of detectives from the FBI chasing down serial killers and John Douglas’s book “Mind Hunter” as it was quite intriguing. I guess many people like detective novels. Perhaps everyone has some interest in this venue. Good guys, bad guys, justice, justification, rationalization, and revenge – humans? Gotta love ’em’.
Not long ago, in researching this topic I ran across Professor Gwen Adshead if Gresham College in England, in one of her podcasts “The Criminal Mind: The Relationship Between Criminology and Psychology” she explains who often killers have compartmentalized what they’ve done and avoided thinking of themselves as the killer, thus they avoid remorse altogether.
The scariest of all of this is that someone whom you know has the capacity to be a serial killer, someone you went to school with, works at the same company as you or lives in your neighborhood. What’s the funny line we always here when reporters ask about a neighbor that turned out to be a serial killer? “He seemed like such a nice guy.” Think about this.