The 19th volume of a serious case study describes different types of theories to the compulsion of serial killer's need to kill. It notes that experiments and studies showed that many of the killers had developmental problems like ADHD, ASDs, and learning impairments, but that there was no clear evidence that they were the absolute, direct cause (289). The article showcases the link between two reasons that have been seen as two different entities when in reality, they are intertwined to explain serial killers' behaviors. ***Allely, Claire S, et al. “Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Risk Factors in Serial Killers and Mass Murderers.” Aggression and Violent Behavior, vol. 19, no. 3, June 2014, pp. 289–290., doi:http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/93426/1/93426.pdf.
The video produced by BBC Studios follows the investigation of James Fallon—neuroscientist, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, and emeritus professor of anatomy and neurobiology—as he researches the psychological pulls and reasons for serial killers. He talks about how he analyzed the brain scans of known serial killers and managed to land upon a particular scan that showed the same problems—in himself (Fallon). His first impression led to him, of course, rejecting the information, but after a more in-depth investigation, he found out that some of his characteristics mimicked that of serial killers. However, his upbringing managed to stall the full progression into full psychopathy. ***"The Brain of a Murderer- Are You Good Or Evil?- Horizon-BBC." YouTube, uploaded by BBC Studios, 1 January 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2bPMDTXQTY
The article says that, "The Minnesota twin study has shown that psychopathy is 60 percent heritable. This percentage indicates that psychopathic traits are due more to DNA than to upbringing" (Brogaard). The high percentage tends to help prove that the psychopathic sways that some people experience are a result of their DNA, and the author's prestigious background in neuroscience helps to convey the medical terminology that explains the reasons behind it such as emotional absence. She explains the key is understanding how a person can be so emotionally distant and that the brain's is what causes it. ***Brogaard, Berit. “The Making of a Serial Killer.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 7 Dec. 2012, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-superhuman-mind/201212/the-making-serial-killer.
Authors Mitchell and Aamodt state that, "Child abuse is clearly more prevalent in the population of lust serial killers than it is in society in general" (44). The sharp increase in data between two very distinctly different sects of people suggests that the cause of murderous and sexual desires sprouts from a childhood issue. The statistics also stand with about 68% of the serial killer population having some type of abuse tied to their childhood. This issue is part of a highly detailed and vetted study that has been contributed to by over fifteen people. ***Mitchell, Heather, and Michael G Aamodt. “The Incidence of Child Abuse in Serial Killers.” Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, vol. 20, no. 1, 2005, pp. 40–44., doi:http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Research%20-%20Forensic/2005%2020-1-Mitchell-40-47.pdf.
The article follows several different serial killers such as Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, and many more. It delves into the personalized backgrounds of them and goes on to say that they had often faced mental breaks, abuse, or trauma (Whittington-Egan). However, he concedes that most victims had suffered from some sort of head trauma in their life as well. ***Whittington-Egan, Richard. "The serial killer phenomenon." Contemporary Review, Autumn 2008, p. 323+. Global Issues In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A189797503/GIC?u=j084910011&sid=GIC&xid=9fd3295a. Accessed 2 May 2018.
This anecdote details the story of serial killer Michael Ross who states that, "Not only did the Depo-Lupron free my mind, it also allowed my moral judgment to awaken, which gave me back something that I thought I had lost forever—my humanity" (Ross). His comment relays that the treatment he was taking managed to alleviate the psychopathic tendencies that he had. It also suggests that the key to helping the serial killers is in medicinal cures. ***Ross, Michael. "The Urge to Hurt." Rape, edited by Mary E. Williams, Greenhaven Press, 2001. Contemporary Issues Companion. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010081215/OVIC?u=j084910011&sid=OVIC&xid=db348c41. Accessed 2 May 2018. Originally published in Utne Reader, 1997.