“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere.”
Ted Bundy said (guilty of at least 30 or 35 murders of young women in the USA).
The murderer is the expression of energy-related aggression that civilization represses and stifles, of anger whose strength and violence scares, of a suffocated and inhibited sexuality. All these rejected energies take on distorted connotations and manifest themselves in individuals at risk. The killers are subjects incapable of relating in empathy with the others, even though with a cursory examination, they may seem to be well-adjusted in the community and with a normal life. Their interaction with others is based on the communicative relationships distorted by which people are mere “objects” that are designed to meet their needs. The origins of homicidal behavior are nearly always found in relationship issues that arise during the childhood and the adolescence of the subjects at risk.
By examining the cases, we note that many killers – especially the serial ones – are illegitimate children, children of an abusive parent (usually the father, while the other is submissive, often the mother), orphaned by one or both parents or have experienced a childhood characterized by physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse perpetrated by one or both parents.
Regarding the relations with their peer group, all serial killers show serious relational difficulties with others and usually have poor social skills. These problems are the logical consequences of a developmental period lived mostly in seclusion with serious relationship problems. The child’s problems evinced in the school and in relationships with peers, reflect the experiences from families, which, often have not been appropriate models of communication.
There are two fundamentally opposed models of communication and relationship with their peer groups:
1. the model of the scapegoat: they are children who, from the first day of school, have been harassed by classmates and have had to endure many jokes and insults. Over the years, the subject accepts being a “scapegoat” and does not do anything to get out of this situation, except to retreat even further into his fantasy world. The rare times when the offense is severe enough to unleash a reaction, he proves to have an unexpected strength, as a result of the enormous amount of anger accumulated over the years of frustration at home and away.
2. the model of bullying: it is the opposite to of the previous situation. Children are particularly aggressive in their relations among peers, assuming the leadership and venting their anger on other children.
These are only few indicators (the so-called “red flags”) of a future behavior to which experts of the sector have attributed a significant predictive value in relation to a possible future of murderous fury.