Early Signs Of Serial Killers
When people hear that someone they have known for years has committed one or multiple murders, they often express great surprise and seem to find it hard to believe that the seemingly "normal" person they were friendly with could do such a thing. This is because many serial killers have the ability to behave in a manner that arouses no suspicion. There just aren't any standard indications that a person may be capable of such a gruesome crime. There are, however, a few signs that may help to identify people who have the greatest potential to become serial killers. These signs are usually forerunners to the violent activities the killers engage in later in life.
Extreme anti social behavior is one possible indication that an individual may have a problem, but it is by no means definitive. The type of person who is most likely to develop into a serial killer is one who suffers from psychopathy, which involves a large tendency towards antisocial behavior. It's important to remember that some children develop socially at a slower level than others, so this is just a small sign to watch out for. A child who changes from being very sociable to preferring isolation should warrant even more attention.
Young people who develop a serious tendency towards voyeurism may be displaying an early indication of psychopathic tendencies. Serial killers often seek to have complete control over another human being, and watching them in private settings without their knowledge allows some people to feel a sense of dominance. This is a trait many serial killers share from an early age.
One of the most common warning signs that potential serial killers display is a love of setting fires. While it may be common for young people to enjoy the site of a fire, a psychopath's interest borders on that of being a potential arsonist. They will set anything they can on fire just to destroy it.
The most noticeable early indicator to watch out for is when young people take pleasure in harming animals. They may provoke, torture or even kill cats, dogs and other pets. Even after seeing the results of their actions, the person will show no form of regret or morose. Serial killers generally seek control over the life of another, and at a younger age a small animal is the only type of creature they will be able to fully dominate. Any adolescent who displays this activity is an extreme risk of developing into an adult that could willingly hurt and kill human beings.
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