A good high is irresistible; a feeling of surreal beauty that makes anything else too boring to comprehend. It is something that one longs for; something one can’t wait to feel again. While this intoxication is something we believed we could only attain with the help of some substance – or extreme euphoria – apparently, for a certain type of mind, brutality has the same effect. For some, it is almost a sport. It is something they long for, it is something they crave. Serial killers take the cake here; with killing streaks by definition exceeding three, these individuals, for some reason, just can’t stop killing! We shall soon look at the motivation behind their murders.
While various factors influence the need to kill, developmental factors are given the most credit when it comes to the conception of a serial killer. These include abuse, sexual fantasies/aberrations, and, sometimes, even chromosomal make up! Sometimes, even the smallest – and almost insignificant – detail might turn into a fixation that all their crimes revolve around. While sociopathic or psychopathic behaviour does have certain identifiable factors, it is not necessary that we pay close enough attention to notice them.
Serial Killers And Why They Had To Kill
America has always been a country where one can generally expect nothing less than a thorough show when it comes to anything; even in the context of serial killers. They have seen their fair share of gruesome serial killers, and we shall look at the few, who got caught and see why they couldn’t help themselves when it came to killing people!
Edmund Kemper was one of those extremely psychotic serial killers who believed that, much like charity, murder also begins at home. Kemper killed both his paternal grandparents as well as his mother. He would go on to kill several woman after that between the years of 1964 and 1973. His urge to kill stemmed from a particular mental conflict he was often encountered with,
One side of me says, I’d like to talk to her, date her. The other side says, I wonder how her head would look on a stick.
Ted Bundy, who confessed to killing over 30 women between 1974 and 1978 (and possibly killed before 1974 as well), committed his crimes because, for the most part, they made him feel all-powerful, almost like god.
Murder is not about lust and it’s not about violence. It’s about possession. At that point, it’s being God.
Bundy was executed in 1989. If his crimes did not speak to his personality, his attorney described him as being “the definition of heartless evil.”
For others, it was merely something they built up in their heads and had to execute. While the urge to kill was immense, the guilt following the crime was almost non-existent. This was the case with David Berkowitz; he was quoted saying, “I was literally singing to myself on my way home, after the killing.” But the true nature of his crimes, as he explains, stems from,
The tension, the desire to kill a woman had built up in such explosive proportions that when I finally pulled the trigger, all the pressures, all the tensions, all the hatred, had just vanished, dissipated, but only for a short time.
It is interesting to note how varied the reasons were to commit crimes that are extremely similar in nature.
Experiencing the High
For most of us regular mortals, unlike Richard Ramirez (another serial killer who was sentenced to death), who took lives as easily as he was willing to give up his own, murder might be an act we fear committing. But if you find yourself devoid of fear of any consequences or have no regard for the life of another human being, the high is extremely varied in terms of what aspect of your twisted personality the crime will satisfy. We understand this from the various reasons for committing murder in the above section.
It is, finally, an individual choice to make. Is the high so thrilling that you will go to any lengths to feel it, or are you content without having satisfied your hunger for it?