“I can kill a man, dismember his body, and be home in time for Letterman. But knowing what to say when my girlfriend's feeling insecure... I'm totally lost”-Dexter Morgan (Hall, 2007). Dexter Morgan is a fictional serial killer from Showtime’s series “Dexter”, but the writers and actors have portrayed a real life serial killer. Manuel Prado is the real Dexter Morgan. Prado was a Miami cop who started with smaller crime and worked his way up to becoming a serial killer. ”Prosecutor David Waksman told the Miami Herald: "He was very cold. He was doing robberies and went home and slept like a baby. He was proud of what he did."” (International, 2012) Real life serial killers do not have any empathy. They kill their victims and then return to their “normal” lives. Nothing about it phases them but the question is why do these monsters kill? In this paper I will talk about the minds, the signs and possible solutions of these serial killers.
One topic that psychologists talk about is if there is a cure or version of control for serial killers. The law punishes punishes these monsters but psychologists are very curious and want to study them. Everyone has said once in their life, “I’m going to kill you” or “ This workout is going to kill me” but they do not mean it is going to literally kill them. A serial killer is not going to say that and then they are going to do that. The way the law tries to change these monsters is through taking away their freedom. This protects society by not letting this killer kill anyone else.But what if a psychologist could cure a serial killer much like how they cure an addiction like smoking or nail biting? They could use different psychological techniques like hypnosis, a reward system every time they have a nonkilling urges, or some other form of training the brain to think to the norm. If a psychopath could be changed, would they be able to reenter society? Is their disorder really their fault or is it a combination of unfortunate coincidences make them a killer? Also is the killer really the perpetrator or is the killer really the victim?
There is a difference between a common killer and a serial killer. The classical definition of a serial killer is someone who kills three or more persons in a relatively short amount of time.The non serial killer kills out of the heat of the moment and kills usually only once. Hit men, gang members or mafias that kills more than three persons are not serial killers because they are killing because they have an incentive. An incentive could include anything from money, the showing of power, wanted to get rid of a person to they do not talk to the police or anything that does not include what a serial killer wants. He wants the kill because he wants the kill. There is no external force making him kill them but their own need.
The scene, of the serial killer’s crime, is highly sexual in nature. Most victims are are raped or violated before or after they are murdered. The...