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We
all grew up knowing famous movie killers like Jason from “Friday The 13th”,
Michael Myers from “Halloween” and Hannibal Lecter from “Hannibal.” They and
many more are characters that kill others and are presented to us like violent
and heartless beings. But are they really heartless? Is a killer is made or
born? That is a very complex question. Today for the majority of people a
killer is automatically a crazy person, but science makes us question is that
is really true. Many studies in serial killers minds and personalities has been
made. Every time discovering things that makes the answer of that question more
difficult to understand. Also, all those discoveries takes us to wonder if
classifying a killer, or understanding his/her motive is more complicated than
it looks.

A
person can kill for many reasons. Some of the most basic reasons are because of
robbery, vengeance and jealously. The question about if there is a specific
reason that drives someone to kill have a lot of answers. Some of them we
already mention them, but there is another question behind all of it. The
question is: “Is more of a physical or mental thing that leads someone to
kill?” A Dr. named Cesare Lombroso, which has been named “the father of modern
criminology”, studied serial killer in Turin in 1870. He was convincing that
killers were one step below the evolution. After years of study he came to the
conclusion that a killer can be identify by his physiognomy. All Dr. Lombroso
studies took him to conclude that: “Criminal ears are often large. The nose is
frequently upturned or flattened in the thieves. In killers it is usually
aquiline like the break of a bird of prey.” This was the beginning of an
investigation that has continued for more than a century to see if killers have
different brains than the rest of the people. Unfortunately, detecting
potential killers did not result as simple as Dr. Lombroso expected and his
scientifically findings were soon discredited.

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Even
so, the brains of killers had continued to been studied for many year to really
see is someone can be born bad. A study made by Dr. Helen Morrison, a Chicago-
based forensic psychiatrist, showed that serial killers had shocking
similarities. First, she interviewed 135 serial killers, and then Morrison came
to believe that a chromosome abnormally is likely the trigger of killing. She
thought that this trigger was especially in men who display their homicidal
tendencies. Also, brain scans showed that these types of men never developed a
sense of attachment and belonging to the world. Therefore, this makes us wonder
if we could identify a killer just by meeting him or by observing his
personality.

For
instance, many tragedies, like school shootings, are mainly realized by young
members of the school. In most cases, is the weird kid in school that does not
that talk because he do not want to or because is difficult for him to
communicate with others. This brings another question. Does the boy would still
plan a school shooting if the case was different and he was not the lonely boy
of the school? What if the boy never had to experience being lonely, being
bullied by others or being rejected? This makes us wonder if we all have
darkness inside. If a killer instinct is inside all of us, very hidden, and it
just takes some one, a big desire or a terrible experience to woke that killer
instinct. Is a very scary thought. How would we react if we are in a room with
a person that has killed many people but never had done anything to us, and
being locked in a room with you mothers murder? Maybe this situation is the
trigger of a loving and peaceful person to let out its killer instinct, or
maybe not. This is a thing of individual human reaction.

 

However,
there are also other experiences that can be considered like an instinct killer
trigger, childhood experiences. A child is a very sensitive thing; it can be
manipulated very easily. The way they understand the world and what is right or
wrong is very unclear at some ages. Now days violence is teach in children,
some of it indirectly. For example, buying a children toy guns or knives for
them to play violent games and buying videos games where a kid murder people. Then
is the direct one, by child abuse. There can be the possibilities about a
relationship between child abuse and serial killers. Child abuse is a factor
which has received much attention in the media and academic circles in recent
years, fuelled by the claims of many serial murders that suffered child abuse
at the hands of a parent or guardian.

A
study by Mitchell and Aamodt from the Radford University in Virginia in 2005
aimed to explore the rate of childhood abuse in a large sample of convicted
serial murders and compare this against the rate of childhood abuse in general
population. The research was to see if there is indeed a relationship between
childhood abuse and serial murder. The results suggest that childhood abuse
among the serial killer population is higher that the general population across
all types of abuse.

 In results, 36% suffered physical abuse, 26%
sexual abuse, 50% psychological abuse, 18% neglect and 2% having no reported
abuse at all. The prevalence of child abuse amongst serial killers is not a new
topic and its has been thought to be a contributing factor for many years.
Researchers who study serial killers have noticed that a large percentage have
suffered childhood abuse leading to the suggestion that this could have
contributed to their murderous behavior in later live.

In
conclusion, the answer about if a killer is made or born is still inconclusive.
Some are going to say killers are and some are going to say they are made. Is a
matter of opinion because there are so many things that can drive someone to
commit a murder that is difficult to certainly say a killer is made or born. First,
some may say that the incentive that drives a serial killer to the act of
murder does not originate at birth, but rather is cultivated from the
environment by which and individual is raised and the experiences that shape
his/ her development and character. This means that even if a serial killer is
supposedly born with a predisposition to violence, they will not act on out
unless they are given the reason to, like a bad childhood. On the other hand,
other may say is a matter or birth because of his/her genes or something we
have not been able to understand o discover yet. A murder mind is more complex
that we think. In conclusion, years and years of studies and we cannot know for
sure how the brain of a murder works, why this people are they way they are.

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