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Two Articles On The Motives And Mind Of A Serial Killer

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The mind of a serial killer can be very interesting in being able to find out what makes them want to do what they do. Knowing if someone was abused as a child and if this makes them more likely to become a serial killer or not become a serial killer is something I was very curious to learn about. Something that happens in a person’s childhood can affect the way they act when they become adults. I found two sources talking about childhood abuse and serial killers. The first source was an internet article entitled “Serial Killer Motives” found on the website How Stuff Works and was written by Shanna Freeman. The second source I found was a video entitled “Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer” which is found off of the website Big Think. This video was narrated by Michael Stone. Both of these sources are able to answer the question if childhood abuse or neglect makes someone more or less likely to become a serial killer later on in their lives.
In the article “Serial Killer Motives”, childhood neglect and abuse is talked about and the way this it can affect a person’s chances on becoming a serial killer. In the video “Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer”, neglect and abuse are talked about to see if these are the reasons why someone would become a serial killer. Both the article and the video have a very plain tone to them; for example there are not any crazy backgrounds or any outrageous introductions in them. In the video, the speaker stands before a plain white background. He looks right at the camera when he is speaking making it look as if he is talking directly to the person watching the video; it does not appear he would be talking to a large group of people. The article does not have anything exciting about it; just an abundance of words and a picture. The picture in the article is of a very well-known serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. The article talks about serial killers and because he was a serial killer that was highly talked about after his killings; this is probably the reason for the author putting his picture in the article. With only having one picture and the rest of the page just words, this allows for the author to get right to the point about the topic of the article without the reader becoming distracted by flashy titles or a massive amount of pictures.
The video uses ethos by showing the speaker is a forensic psychiatrist and works for Columbia University demonstrating he is a credible source and not just making up information about serial killers. This information was shown right at the bottom of the screen right when the video began. This was most likely shown to the audience right at the beginning of the video to establish credibility for what the narrator was going to be discussing in the video and to show he does have knowledge on the topic at hand. Knowing this makes it easier for someone to use what is in the video and know it is true and reliable and not just made up material. The article comes from the website How...

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