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Serial Killer Essay

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Term PaperAbstractThis paper will discusses David Berkowitz who murderous terror gripped New York City from 1976 to 1977. David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, was finally arrested, tried and convicted for the series of gun-attacks that left six people dead; seven wounded and put an entire city in fear. The paper shows that when caught, while there was a potential for his being determined to be insane. This paper will show how David Berkowitz suffered from serve hallucination and was somewhat psychological disturbed. David worshiped demon and felt that objects were demons and was telling him to kill.What is a serial killer? A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people over a period of over more than thirty days with a cooling off period between killings. A serial killer motivation is mainly on psychological gratification. Often time's sexual elements are involved in the killings. Serial killer often time in their minds think it is ok to kill a person. They like knowing that someone's life could rely in their hands. Serial killers like begin in control of the situation. This had to do with power and control. Serial killers come in all different shapes and sizes. Serial killers are a growth of the developed world; they really didn't "come about" until the late eighteen-hundreds when society was becoming reorganized and the threat of the new age kind of displaced some individuals so much they felt they had to kill to get their point across to society.Studies have shown that most serial killer have had childhood experiences that were bad or presented violence. Many serial killers either lived alone and took charge for themselves or even were adopted and rebelled from their parents. Some facts about serial killers are most of them are white male that range from ages eighteen to thirty. Most serial killers were violent to animals when they were a child. Most of serial killers victims are known. Serial killers often hurt their victims and run away with trophies - typically, body parts. The serial killer would treat their victim like a disturbed child would treat a rag doll. Some serial killers have been known to consume the organs they contain. They act and feel that they are merging with the dead when they do this.The serial killer would capture the victim before the actually kill them. When a serial killer would do this they feel they are forming wholesome, absolute, and permanent control over the victim. The killer attains long required "objects permanence". The victim is unlikely to run on him or vanish as earlier objects (e.g., his parents) have done. (Vaknin) The killer will try to desperately avoid a painful relationship with his/her object of desire. He/ she will be terrified of being abandoned or humiliated, exposed for what he/she is and then become not needed. Many killers often have sex with the corpses. Objectification and mutilation allow for obvious possession. Most serial killer believes that killing is the way of the...

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