What Makes A Serial Killer?

Ed Gein

Ed Gein

Their crimes shock and disgust us. Their reasoning behind their crimes makes little sense to us and yet, we retain a sense of the macabre when it comes to serial murder cases.

What turns seemingly ordinary people on the outside into killers who commit murder, not just once but time and time again?

Criminologists and psychologist, law enforcement agencies and mental health specialists battle with this question every day and as we’ve been watching way too many Horror movies recently we thought why not post something a little obscure.

No Two Serial Killers Are the Same

Mental health is a common concern and issue in modern day Britain and just because someone has been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as schizophrenia, it doesn’t mean that they are serial killers in the making.

Criminologists agree that there are several similar factors in the background and childhood of a serial killer. They combine to create a skewed few of the world and their place within it.

A trigger will often cause someone to move into the realms of killing, whether this is something they interpret as a sign, or voices in their head.

They can often be personable and likeable people or as in the case of recent serial killers in Britain, can be unpleasant and narcissistic personalities.

Studying Criminology

Studying criminology with NCC Home Learning is just one way of finding out more about why and what makes a serial killer. Take a look at this fantastic infographic looking at the crimes of some of the most notorious serial killers in recent British history.

Thanks to NCC Home Learning for this Infographic: