Informative Serial Killers Essay
812 WordsOct 5th, 20114 Pages
Specific Purpose: I want to inform my audience about serial killers, the type of person that commits these horrendous crimes.
1. Attention-getting remarks: What would you do as a young, cute college girl at the grocery store saw a clean cut nice looking man with a cast on his arm struggling with his groceries, he ask you for your help. Would you help him? Ted Bundy one of the most infamous serial killers of our time would put a fake cast on his arm, and ask his intended victim for help carrying his groceries to his car once there the would hit them with a tire iron. Take them and rape and beat them to death with the tire iron. 2. Need for listening: Serial killers come in…show more content…
3. Typical characteristics of a serial killer a. Bright to high IQ b. Trouble staying employed, menial jobs c. Abandoned by fathers at early age raised by domineering mothers. d. History of psychological problems within the family e. Criminal or alcohol abuse in family. f. Often abused by a family member, sexually mentally and physically. g. More than 60% wet their beds beyond age 12. h. They were frequently bullied as a child i. Involved in sadistic activity and torturing animals j. Fascinated by setting fires 4. Serial killers also show signs of a psychopath though this is not always the case. Psychopaths lack empathy and guilt, are egocentric and impulsive and don’t conform to social, moral, or legal norms. Psychopaths have a distinct set of rules for themselves. They appear normal and are often very charming and charismatic. 5. Angels of mercy medical professionals will kill their patients for financial gain, or just because they can, or they feel like they are helping their patients by getting rid of the pain or sickness. 6. Female serial killers are rare, they tend to kill for financial gain and need to have an emotional connection to their victim. On some occasions women have been involved with male serial killers to form a serial killing team. 7. Motives of serial killers can be put into four categories. k. Visionary serial killers
Nature Vs. Nurture: Inside the Serial KillerThe question of whether or not man is predetermined at birth to lead a life of crime is a question that has been debated for decades. Are serial killers born with the predisposition to become killers? Do the traits of a serial killer become a part of them because of a traumatic childhood? While some think that all babies are born inherently good, and develop either for better or for worse, others believe that it is impossible for society to have so much corruption unless there are some “bad seeds” roaming the streets. If serial killers are made and not born, we can do little to prevent them. However the odds that they are born a serial killer are very slim considering the idea that many serial killers have abusive childhoods. Those who have a predisposition of mental disorders from family history though, have a higher tendency to become serial killers if their parents or guardians raise them poorly or if they have a traumatic experience in their childhood.Nature and nurture come into play strongly during one's childhood, the time when people endure many major behavioral and personality developments. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines nature as "the genetically controlled qualities of an organism" ("Nature," def. 8). While nature can influence the disorders that a person has and the physical state they live in, nurture, "the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism," influences the expression of one's physical traits ("Nurture," def. 3).The personality therefore, does not result from a single gene, be it a kindness gene, or a killer gene, but results in a combination of genetic predispositions, combined with a person's upbringing.A classic example of a serial killer, Ted Bundy's disturbing childhood demonstrates the importance of an ideal childhood and that having a problematic childhood may contribute more than genetics towards countless murders. As a child, Bundy's mother, Eleanor Louise Cowell,