The Impact of Social Interest and the Connection with Serial Murder

For centuries there has been a darkness in humanity that has manifested itself for the lust for blood. As a fabrication of life in ancient times murder and revenge was communal in the course of everyday life throughout all societies. Murder has been part of our history for centuries dating back to Cane murdering Abel and Romulus slaying Remus (Meyer, 2011). Since the middle of the Twentieth Century and post-World War II, the serial killer soon became a horrific figure in our society. Hiding behind the mask of bland and normality, the serial killer has both terrified and fascinated us. Haunting the lives of innocent civilians for centuries and trying to understand the minds of serial killers has also been a mystery. Many hypotheses have been discussed throughout the years on why serial killers are able to commit such horrendous crimes as they do. The question being asked is what possesses the minds and actions of these killers to follow through, taking the lives of innocent victims? The struggles to find evidence on the psychological patterns established by past serial killers, has been challenged considerably due to the continuous transformation our society endures. The paper focuses on how Social Interest is a prophylaxis to psychopathy and how lack of Social Interest leads to psychopathy. Included are four case studies and the direct impact Social Interest or lack of Social Interest had on the serial killer, leading them to display horrendous behavior and criminal acts.

Russ Wentz
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