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Many people become obsessed with serial killers, me included. The reason behind this varies and is dependent upon the person and their life. For this I will concentrate on my own reasons and explain how it began and how it links with my love of horror.

When it happened

In my teens I was given a book, which I still have, called infamous killers and it sparked my intrigue around killers. I read about Ten Bundy, Myra Hindley, Ian Brady, David Berkowitz and several others. I read what I could over the following few years. Once we had internet I searched furthers and bought books on killers, most of which I still own, one is a book on Jack the Ripper that included copies of the letter he sent to the police.

My love of horror made me interested in killer, I wanted to know as much as I can, I had to know what made them do what they did and I learn about people who knew or had an inclining but did nothing. I wanted to know everything I could so I could understand why they did what they did.

I was around fourteen years old when my interest was sparked and it showed no way of stopping.

Details

I have a strong stomach and things that would make others sick I am fine with and it doesn’t turn my stomach. It helped whole I was studying and I want the only one who had the stomach for crime scene pictures. The only thing that bothered me was anything that involves children and it still does.

I researched details of cases and read as much as I could. My interest was in why they did what they did, which in some cases the killers themselves knew, others they didn’t. The reasons varied, Ted Bundy blamed violent porn, and Jeffery Dahmer blamed being left alone and his parents divorce as well as alcohol. David Berkowitz blamed hallucinations and then an occult group he was a member of. Myra Hindley blamed Ian Brady, Ian Brady blamed Myra Hindley. It was worrying that no two killers claimed the same reasoning.

FBI Profilers John Douglas and Candice Delong both describe the cause as a perfect storm of biological and environmental forces with not one event being the cause for the killers to become killers.

Once the killer does their first kill they open a door they cannot close not would they stop, something described by Jeffery Dahmer and Gary Ridgeway as a growing need to feel the power of taking another’s life.

Why am I fascinated by Serial Killers

The main reasons for my interest in them is:-

  1. To understand why so I can write about them in both fiction and non-fiction.
  2. To understand why they can kill without Guilt.
  3. How the killers rationalize their killings to others.

Understanding

People want to know everything so they can protect against them and for some they want to know how the killers do it, they want to kill but do not have the stomach for it. I’m interested purely from a writer’s point of view the second reason is from a forensics point of view and how they prevent being killed.

Top 10 killers with the highest kill count

I will say this first, Dr Harold Shipman is speculated to have killed over 400 people but due to the facts that medical records of his victims were changed after death there is no way of knowing the true victim count.

  1. Luis Garavito, active in the 1990’s in Colombia, 172-300+ kill count (proven 138)
  2. Pedro Lopez, active 1969 to 1980 in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru, 300+ kill count (proven 110)
  3. Daniel Camargo, active 1974 to 1986 in Colombia and Ecuador, 150 kill count(proven 72)
  4. Pedro Rodregues Filho, active 1967 to 2003 in Brazil, 100 kill count (proven 71)
  5. Yang Xinhai, active 2000 to 2003 in China, Proven 67
  6. Andrei Chikatilo, active 1978 to 1990 in USSR, 56 Kill count (proven 53)
  7. Anatoly Onoprenko active 1989 to 1996  in USSR and Ukraine,51+ kill count (proven 52)
  8. Gary Ridgeway, active 1982 to 2000 in the USA, kill count 71-90+ (proven 49)
  9. Alexander Pichushkin, active 19982-2006 in Russia, kill count 60 (proven 48)
  10. Wang Qiang, active 1995-2003 in China, kill count 45+ (proven 45)

In conclusions

People want to know as much about serial killers whether it be from voyeuristic point of view, intrigue on their reasons, or infatuated by the killer. People do worship serial killers and there reasons vary depending on their own mind, but some reasons are unhealthy and unsettling. While I am intrigued by serial killers and their reasons for killing I am not obsessed with them and I have never wanted to marry or meet one as so many do.

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