Serial killers are known to experience disorders that lead them to believe killing innocent people is normal. Traits or behaviors that may reinforce this belief includes abuse as a child, torturing animals, and bizarre sexual fantasies. These traits are usually develop as children are experiencing unusually traumatic events. This research is a case study, comparing two well-known serial killers – Richard Ramirez and Jeffrey Dahmer – to identify common themes in their upbringing and crimes. Findings have implications for professionals working in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems.
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Henrriques, Niurka and Lynn, Tamara
"The psychology of a serial killer,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2020, Article 33.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2020/iss2020/33