June 17, 2001    





What makes a serial killer?

The technical definition of "serial killer" is a person who kills 3 or more people with intervals between them (3 or more people at once is a mass murderer). Some people, like Ed Gein, are considered serial killers although they didn't kill 3 people, but their crimes were so gruesome they fit the bill.

Katie, 25
, FL   USA

I think a serial killer is a person who takes the lives of more than one person with an intent.

Stephanie, 25

Lots and lots of homicides. Why they kill varies from person to person.

Alias Irrelevante

A deranged, chemically imbalanced mind. I think if they really knew the complete answer to that question, there could be preventative measures at the first signs of a problem. There are just too many undiscovered issues and unsolved mysteries about the brain to be able to truly answer this question.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

Somebody with a lot of psychological problems, who more than likely had a bad childhood.

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

Is it even possible to answer this question? I would think that it's a lot of different things, but I don't know if there's a particular personality trait...

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch

People with minds highly trained in psychology haven't yet figured this out, so my untrained speculations don't mean much. I suspect that serial killers have no concept of right and wrong, only a need to avenge themselves for a perceived prior injury.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

A few different factors. Bad childhood, naturally, is very frequently a factor. Maybe not even an entirely bad one. One traumatic incident might be enough to set someone off course. Although i think the majority of serial killers come from troubled pasts, I think that in some cases it may be the

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Probably lots of different motivations, but one driving similarity: A complete disconnect that allows the killer to see others as objects only. I can't believe that seriel killers have any empathy for those they kill.

I would suspect immense egoism or a complete lack of it also play into the mix.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Somebody in my class is doing a research report on what makes a serial killer. Honestly, I do not think there is one answer to that.

age unknown, parts unknown

A serial killer is created by any combination of circumstances that result in estrangement from the human race.

Jill, 60

lack of love---for self and for others

Anjel, 20

since i'm not a serial killer, i wouldn't know. but from what i see/hear, it takes a freak to do those things to people.

Mandi, 16
Lake City
, MN   USA

Somebody who doesn't like breakfast very much.

Karen, 21

I was about to say someone who kills multiple times, but then I thought of the army. Good question, I'll have to get back on that.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

Who knows?

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

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