A serial killer is someone who kills at least three victims one by one in a series of sequential murders. The need for psychological gratification distinguishes serial killers from other types of murderers, who usually murder for things like profit or revenge.
Serial killers murder one at a time and go to great lengths to avoid detection and apprehension. To discover what makes a serial killer function, it is necessary to look back into their past, particularly their adolescent life. By looking at many and varied cases, it is evident that virtually all serial killers come from dysfunctional backgrounds involving sexual or physical abuse, drugs or alcoholism and their related problems.
It’s not possible to recognize a potential serial killer just by face, their traits can be very normal. Serial killers act normal to fool people around them so they do not get a clue of their intentions and acts. They carry out their work routine normally and do all the society expected duties just like a normal person. There is no rule book or fixed procedure that can determine who will turn out to be a serial killer in coming years.
When any victim is being killed by a serial killer they are usually not just one shot killing, these serial killers slaughter the victim gruesomely to satisfy themselves. The traits of a serial killer vary and kinds of serial killers also differ. One of the types is the killer who kills just to get pleasure out of it, the other type kills only with the motive to clear the world from bad people.
Serial killers are portrayed in newspapers, on television, in movies, on Internet and even in items. Even though the society distinguishes serial killers as horrendous crime doer, it fascinates human beings. Media glorifies the serial killers and instead of being seen as monsters they are observed as some kind of idols.
If you go to a library to check the names of famous serial killers you will get a long list of people who have lost their control and did murders to make their mark on the society. Some of the names are John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Jack the Ripper, Albert Fish and many others. Most of the killers have the similar feeling like ordinary humans, they cry, they laugh and they even celebrate their occasion like every other person. What they lack is control on these emotions and negative impacts that lead them to killing someone.
There have been movies with mythical serial killers and also made up serial killers. People have taken real interest in watching the life stories of serial killers on cinema because that intrigued them. Characters of serial killers like Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and Aileen Wuornos gained popularity amongst people.
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