Fantasy's integral role in the creation of a killer

Essay by Evan BorgstromHigh School, 11th gradeA, January 1997

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Through out history seldom has an individual been able to hold

a city in fear. Most times people will just either ignore the individual,

let the police handle the situation, or call them wacko or crazy. But then

there are the extreme cases. On this end of the scale people may have

extreme mental problems or very strong motives, so extreme or so strong that

they captivate an entire city or even nation. Jack the Ripper did it by

killing and murdering five prostitutes. In recent times it has been people

like Charles Manson and the Boston Strangler, who assaulted and murdered

thirteen women keeping the entire city captivated in a state of fear.

Serial Killers... Fantasy plays a very important role in creating and or

modeling a serial killer and it is shown through remorse, uniform and

weather or not they have or follow a trademarked style. All of these

elements combined expose the fantasy portrayed by a serial killer.

Pain, does a serial killer have or feel pain for their victims?

Sometimes the killer may depending on the psychological state they are in.

But then regarding the fact most serial killers grow up in violent

households one might say that the killer does not or even can't feel remorse

because violence is what they were brought up in and to believe is true so

it is what they have been conditioned to believe. Or you could take the

approach that the killer feels they are being threatened by their victims

so they had to be removed from the picture altogether. Or finally it might

be the killer is so mentally unstable that they have very little to no

consciences awareness of what they are doing. But what if they do feel

sorrow? Can a serial killer feel sorrow?...