The Brain of a Serial Killer [infographic]

July 28, 2013 |  by  |  Crime
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What makes people kill?

Every day there are news reports of gruesome murders that cause most of us to cringe. We’re fascinated but repulsed. It seems these serial killers share the same fascination without the repulsion. According to today’s infographic, they might just be wired that way. An abnormal chromosome is all it takes to distinguish a serial murderer from a regular person. They find a kind of release in killing, instead of remorse.

Sociopaths are particularly interesting killers. They have no regard for others and have no actual feelings of empathy for people, yet they can come across as deceivingly charming, seductive, and charismatic.

And according to today’s infographic, many serial killers experience abuse as a child. They also feel that they’ve “never developed a sense of attachment and belonging to the world,” which brings up the subject of nature vs. nurture. These killers may be genetically disposed from birth to eventually become killers, but when coupled with abuse from an early age, the abuse could have been the tipping point that made them kill. If they hadn’t been abused, could this abnormal chromosome and it’s associated characteristics manifested itself in a different way?

Check out today’s infographic for a look inside the mind of a serial murderer. [Via]

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  • SimonSays?

    this infographic is completely meaningless…
    i have talked with plenty of persons who have pathologically insane tendencies, psychosis, delusions, dementia, people who have exhibited severe hypomanic episodes, high functioning asperger’s syndrome, dissociative identity disorder, paranoid schizophrenia, paranoid schizoaffective disorder, and even rare cases of sexual masochism and sadism, sometimes in combination. Sometimes in a combination that ends with their killing of another, or many others. One thing I can say for certain is that there are two ways to look at a serial killer, one is to surmise that they are mentally ill, the other is to assume that there is a physiological incongruity effecting their pathology. The point is this, read a case study in the DSM, and you will realize that generalizations are VERY HARD to make even when there are overlaps between cases. Obvious sensationalist intent of this article aside, there are numerous logical fallacies at play, appeals to probability by using conditional probabilities and failing to acknowledge, numerous base rate fallacies, and even the established conclusions are all Conjuction fallacies. I have chose to only point out the identified Formal Fallacies, though there are probably close to 40 other informal or propositional fallacies at play in this article. There is nothing about this article that is in any way convincing whatsoever that you have any idea the magnitude of the conclusions you are generalizing from the research of scientists who have spent years trying to comprehend something which is infinitely more complicated than simply finding little trends and connecting dots. I understand your need to cause controversy to get this article seen, but with all due respect, you have demonstrated that you know very little about this subject.

    • d00hicky

      I agree with you almost entirely. However, internet infographs are generally excepted as an anecdotal interpretation of data for the purpose of entertainment. The numbers and data are correct and sourced but the conclusions drawn are really no different from watching 48 hours or dateline.

      • Defenseman13

        *accepted

    • peter watts

      You lost all credibility when you claimed to have talked to plenty of people with DID. What are you, a year out of school and know everything?

  • XincontriAdulti.It

    very useful info……Thanks for sharing.

  • James Davis