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.
Henrriques, Niurka and Lynn, Tamara, "The psychology of a serial killer" (2020). 2020 SACAD Entrants. 33.