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Whenever the news reports a series of vicious murders perpetrated by the same individual the first question asked is who could do such a thing In recent years it has become considered fact that most of the people known as serial killers suffer from some form of mental disorder such as schizophrenia which makes it difficult to distinguish things in life which are real and what is simply in ones own head While it may be true that many serial killers suffer from some sort of disorder does that really mean that society has had nothing to do with it With all the violent videogames and films which are forced upon our youth surely there has to be something else which turns a person into a monster In 1966 the FBI estimated that around 644 people died yearly as a result of a serial killer this number is high enough so the fact that in 1982 the FBI estimated around 4118 serial murders occurred yearly is almost sickening Loucks Smith and Adler 45 Even when suggesting that serial killers are the result of a biological predisposition there are still hints that some sort of environmental factor could be involved For instance in the book Why Do Serial Murderers Kill it is stated that while things such as brain damage and mental disorders contribute to a person becoming a serial killer it is not the only cause as many convicted killers were the victim of sexual abuse or bullying as a child and it is because of these instances that they became violent as an adult Gerdes 93 When one goes to another country particularly a European one and asks about serial killers you will be told that it is a very American idea When asked about this topic David Boris who lived in Europe for over a decade stated that people there thought that a serial killer was a killer from America never even
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