The Social and Environmental Factors Which Contribute to an Individual Becoming a Serial Killer
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After reading about such well known serial killers as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, many people become fearful that anyone could turn into a serial killer and anyone could also be killed by one. Their methods of murder and their choice of victims seem so random, that it simply leaves people feeling helpless as to how to avoid not only becoming a serial killer but also being killed by one. Much research has been done to establish some causal factors as to why an individual actually becomes a serial killer. Although it appears that they are quite random in selecting their victims, there is actually a method as to why serial killers kill the people that they do, and why they choose to kill them in the manner that they do. It is really not a random process at all. This paper attempts to outline and explain the main social and environmental factors which contribute to an individual becoming a serial killer. These people are not born with the innate ability to kill innocent people for their own pleasure. They also do not have a biological disease that can be cured with therapy or medication. Serial killers become what they are through a culmination of many factors that develop and grow throughout their childhood. The author focuses on specific factors: social deprivation and abuse within the family, brain trauma as a result of physical abuse, and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, multiple personality, and antisocial personality. These three factors, in combination, can contribute to the creation of a serial killer, in our society today.