Mindhunter: What Drives Human Behavior? BY MAGGIE JAMES
What is criminal profiling? “Criminal profiling is the process of using available information about a crime and crime scene to compose a psychological portrait of the unknown perpetrator of the crime.” (Damon A. Muller, Criminal Profiling) Profiling does not solely solve a case, however it is an investigative aid: a tool that providers law enforcement with important information about what type of offender they are looking for, and ultimately helps them solve the case.
Who could do this? One of the fundamental questions profilers attempt to answer is Who could commit acts as malevolent as these? What triggered the evil aspects of their human nature to surface?
What motivates murderers?While various motives- fear, rage, thrill, profit, and desirefor attention- stimulate the actions of a serial killer, each murderer is driven by a desire to control their psychological insecurities.
“Just taking care of business” Understandably, serial killers do not need to kill. However there is a psychological need, a demand within their minds, which drives them to commit murders. What drives this need?
How/Why does one become a serial killer? The author of my novel, John Douglas, does not believe that an individual is or can be born evil. (Similar to the “blank slate” ideas by John Locke) Serial killers are “manufactured”: something dramatic happens in their childhood that corrupts them, making this person emotionally unstable.
Common Motives “The three most common motives of serial rapists and murderers turn out to be domination, manipulation, and control.” (Douglas 179).
Common Motives “… most of these guys are angry, ineffectual losers who feel they’ve been given the shaft by life, and that most of them have experienced some sort of physical or mental abuse” (Douglas 128). Most killers are emotionally unstable as a result of neglect or abuse. Most are also incapable in their daily lives: they feel as if they have no power over their life situations. This makes them upset and unsatisfied; they yearn for a purpose, something they can control.
Common Motives Serial killers act using the “ID”; the pleasure principle. They are motivated completely by their urges and desires Murderers are egocentric: they dismiss all positive morals and act keeping solely themselves in mind.
Individual Motives Name: David Richard Berkowit Nicknamed: “Son of Sam”, “.44 Caliber Killer” Offense: killed six people (and wounded others) in the course of eight shootings in New York between 1976 and 1977
Video 1: If you want to watch this, watch from 2:28-2:56, but it basically just describes how he was neglectedand rejected by his families as a child and became an arsonist.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFX8_Il6SUU
Individual Motives Name: Edmund Emil Kemper Nicknamed: “The Co-ed Killer” Offense: murdered his grandparents when he was 15 years old. He later killed six female hitchhikers, his mother, and mothers friend.
Background Kemper had been close with his father and despised his mother, Glarnell. When they became divorced he was forced to live with his mother, and lived in fear that he would never be connected with his father again.
Video 2 If you want to watch the video: 3:44-4:56 The first section describes how he perceived his mother, second his childhood situation, third this was manifested in his childhood behaviors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTyIa6_4GFA
“’What makes a serial killer? After all these years, I still dont know…we try to give them motives, but they dont have any. They just do it.’” (Helen Morrison, Doctor Hunts For Motive in Brain of Serial Killer). If you want to read the article:http://www.seattlepi.com/national/article/Doctor-hunts-for-motive-in-brain-of-a-serial-1144308.php
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