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Criminal Psychology1

  1. 1. Criminal psychology What makes serial killers tick?
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ It was an urge... A strong urge, and the longer I let it go, the stronger it got. “ </li></ul><ul><li>Where does this urge come from? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Serial murderer <ul><li>A minimum of 3 to 4 victims </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cooling off&quot; period </li></ul><ul><li>Stranger to the victim </li></ul><ul><li>A need to sadistically dominate </li></ul><ul><li>Motive is psychological </li></ul><ul><li>“ Symbolic&quot; value for the killer; method of killing may reveal this meaning; </li></ul><ul><li>Vulnerable victims </li></ul>
  4. 4. An average serial killer <ul><li>White male </li></ul><ul><li>Lower-to-middle-class background </li></ul><ul><li>20 to 40 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Abused by parents </li></ul><ul><li>Adopted </li></ul><ul><li>During childhood: </li></ul><ul><li>set fires </li></ul><ul><li>torture animals </li></ul><ul><li>wet their beds </li></ul><ul><li>Brain injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Very intelligent </li></ul><ul><li>Fascinated with the police and authority </li></ul><ul><li>Attempted to come police </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why are they so difficult to spot? <ul><li>Blend in </li></ul><ul><li>Mask of sanity: </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to simulate normal behavior by observing others </li></ul><ul><li>Good actors </li></ul>
  6. 6. What makes a serial killer tick? <ul><li>Traditional explanations: </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Brain injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical imbalances </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to traumatic events </li></ul><ul><li>A huge population has been exposed to one or more of these traumas! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Childhood abuse <ul><li>Barbaric and sadistic upbringing </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Many children have suffered horrible childhood abuse, but did not grow up to be murderers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Childhood events <ul><li>Adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Witnessing Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Juvenile Detention </li></ul><ul><li>Mass rejection </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Cruelty </li></ul><ul><li>Pyromania </li></ul><ul><li>Bed Wetting </li></ul>
  9. 9. Natural Born Killers <ul><li>Are some children just born bad? </li></ul><ul><li>Some genetic tendencies </li></ul><ul><li>Extra chromosome </li></ul><ul><li>Testosterone </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy metals </li></ul><ul><li>Brain defects </li></ul><ul><li>Immune to fear </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of physical touch </li></ul>
  10. 10. Are They Insane? <ul><li>Not by legal standards </li></ul><ul><li>Alter Egos </li></ul><ul><li>Schizophrenia </li></ul>
  11. 11. Social Evils <ul><li>Violent culture </li></ul><ul><li>Violent figures as their role models </li></ul><ul><li>The anonymity factor </li></ul><ul><li>Media attention </li></ul>
  12. 12. After the Murder <ul><li>1) The Aura Phase </li></ul><ul><li>2) The Trolling Phase </li></ul><ul><li>3) The Wooing Phase </li></ul><ul><li>4) The Capture Phase </li></ul><ul><li>5) The Murder or Totem phase </li></ul><ul><li>6) The Depression Phase </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>When does a serial killer stop? </li></ul><ul><li>Are There Any &quot;Reformed&quot; Serial Killers? </li></ul><ul><li>Serial killers are human black holes </li></ul>

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