Judging by the sheer amount of documentaries and podcasts on the market, it’s safe to say that true crime has become an obsession for many. Serial killers, especially, have attracted the attention of the morbidly curious. Here’s a quick look at the traits most serial killers have in common.
Most serial killers suffer from some kind of personality disorder, usually psychopathy or antisocial personality. The difference between these two disorders is simply nature vs. nurture. For example, a psychopath’s brain has underdeveloped impulse control and emotional centers from birth. By contrast, antisocial personalities are learned, and usually develop during an abusive or neglected childhood.
However, neither of these disorders equals insanity, which is why the "not-guilty by reason of insanity" defense rarely works for a serial killer. Killers deemed criminally insane are not mentally able to discern right from wrong. Serial killers, however, know very well how evil their actions are, they just don’t care.
Watch to learn more about the disturbing traits that almost all serial killers share!
Personality disorders | 0:15
Predatory behavior | 0:57
Manipulative, much? | 1:52
Traumatic childhoods | 3:03
A need for control | 3:54
No remorse | 4:38
Power trip | 5:22
Vain and narcissistic | 5:49