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Serialkillershavetested out a number of excuses for their behavior Henry Lee Lucas blamed his upbrining others like Jeffrey Dahmer say that they were born with a part of them missing Ted Bundy claimed pornography made him do it Herbert Mullin Santa Cruz killer of thirteen blamed the voices in his head that told him it was time to sing the die song The ruthless Carl Panzram swore that prison turned him into a monster while Bobby Joe LOng said a motorcycle accident made him hypersexual and eventually a serial lust killer The most psycopathiclike John Wayne Gacy turn the blame around and boast the victims deserved to die They must be insane--what normal person could slaughter another human for the sheer pleasure of it Yet the most chilling fact about serial killers is that they are rational and calculating As the British Jeffrey Dahmer Dennis Nilsen put it a mind can be evil without being abnormal Here are some of the things that serial killers have in common A minimum of three to four victims witha cooling off period in between The killer is usually a stranger to the victim-- the murders appear unconnected or random The murders reflecta need to sadistically dominate the victim The murder is rarely for profit the motive is psychological not material The victim may have symbolic value for the killer method of killing may reveal this meaning Killers often choose victims who are vulnerable prostitutes runaways etc Statistically the average serial killer is a white male from a lower to middle class background usually in his 20s or 30s Many were phsyically or emotionally abused by parents Some were adopted As children as fledgling serial killers often set fires torture animals and wet their beds these red-flag behaviors are known as the triad of symptoms Brain injuries are common Some are very intelligent and have shown great promise as successful professionals They
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