Crazies Are Interesting

I'm sure my story is like most people's in this group. Personally, I am horrified by serial killers, but for some reason I find them absolutely fascinating. I don't understand how someone could be so ethically disconnected internally. The scariest ones are the charming ones, but even those who showed sociopathic tendencies in their daily lives are horrifying.

One of my professors in college was a primary reporter during the height of the Green River Killer case (in the 80s, 90s and when it was finally wrapped up this century) and he knew all kinds of crazy sh!t about it that wasn't released. He wrote for the Seattle Times when the killings started and they would call him in as an expert whenever new stuff popped up. While he was my professor and the university newspaper advisor in 1998-2000 there were a lot of leads heading up to when Gary Ridgeway was eventually captured in 2001. He couldn't share a lot, but his insights into the minds of serial killers - after having chased this story for decades - were incredible.

Even as a kid, though, I found the idea riveting. It's like a train wreck to me - I don't want to know, but I just gotta find out. I go through cycles where I'll read a bunch of books about them and then I'll need a break because it's just too much. I always wonder how the friends (for the few who actually have friends), family and neighbors feel when someone they know is uncovered as a psychopath. Especially the ones who knew folks like Gacy; he was apparently quite the normal-seeming, well-behaved citizen until everything unraveled.

One of the most interesting aspects of this topic, for me, is the nature vs. nurture debate. Are serial killers born or made? For some, it seems obvious that they were made. Those who were abused in some extreme way as a child or whatever. However, some of these men (and the few women) had relatively normal upbringings and they were nuts anyway. So I guess it's different for everyone.

To take this further, let's say that once we crack the human genome open a bit further and start really working with, we find that there is, in fact, a gene that, when "switched on or off", guarantees someone will be a serial killer. And let's say we advance far enough to be able to run a test in the womb to find out if your baby was going to be a serial killer. Would you terminate if you found out it was inevitable? Would you fight it, sure you could overcome genetics. Or would you even want to know?
katsgrrl katsgrrl
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Jul 21, 2010