“Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or harmful people, but it’s not practical. There are no stereotypes.”
- Ted Bundy
”I ain’t going out without a fight” - Eric Harris
Sweet, I never knew that!
anon, a source would be really neat. :0 nonetheless, considering native mythology, that belief would be plausible.
Eric Harris in Hitmen for Hire
From a purely factual & scientific perspective
Psychpathy is a personality disorder. It doesn’t appear as a formal diagnosis in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) but it is closely associated with antisocial personality disorder or dissocial personality disorder. Here are some of the characteristics.
- superficial charm
- grandiose sense of self-worth
- pathological lying
- lack of remorse
- emotional shallowness,
- lack of empathy
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOCIOPATH AND PSYCHOPATH
Sociopaths and psychopaths have many characteristics in common but one key difference is that sociopaths may form emotional bonds between people, while psychopaths are unable to. It’s is believed that psychopathy is the result of genetics and faulty wiring in the brain while for sociopaths it is a result of a traumatic childhood and their environment.
FAULTY BRAIN WIRING
Research from Georgetown University hints that the brain of a psychopath has a smaller and thinner amygdala, the part of the brain that recognizes fear. This may explain why they aren’t afraid and can’t exhibit fear.
Research from Vanderbilt University has shown psychopaths tend to generate a lot more dopamine. In addition Dr. Kent Kiehl of the University of New Mexico believes in may be a disorder in the paralimbic system of the brain, a system known to be involved in emotion, inhibition and emotional control.
There isn’t much research funding behind this.
THE POPULAR STIGMA
While yes, many psychopaths have killed, murdered and raped, it’s definitly possible for someone with this disorder to lead a completely normal life and even be successful.
Take neuroscientist James Fallon, for example who discovered he had a similar brains scan to that of a psychopath and after going through a series of genetic tests, it was confirmed.
James never hurt anyone, he does admit he can be a little bit of a jerk sometimes such as not letting his grandchildren win at games, but he is far from dangerous.
He believes it’s because of his environment, he has a loving home. His parents loved, protected and gave him a lot of attention.
WHERE DO YOU FIT
Here’s a post that will lead you to a link of where you fit on the psychopath spectrum
I got 76% in the psychopathic spectrum.
I always thought it was Thomas Hayne Cutbush. He was sentenced to Broadmoor for stabbing a woman, once he was sent there the Jack the Ripper killings ceased. He fits the description of him - dark hair, piercing eyes etc. Once in Broadmoor he repeatedly threatened to “rip” people with a knife. The author of “The Man Who Would Be Jack” said before being sentenced to Broadmoor he was nocturnal, and would spend his free time reading medical books and would return home with blood and mud on his clothes. Cutbush was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper crimes and supposedly his defence team also believed he committed the crimes.
Jack the Ripper claimed his first victim in 1888 - a prostitute in London’s East End know as ‘Polly’, though her real name was Mary Nichols. Her throat had been cut and there were various stab wounds to her stomach and genitals. About a month later, prostitute Annie Chapman was found disembowelled, her entrails laid across one shoulder. In a patter that was to prove horribly familiar, parts of the body, in this case the bladder, vagina, womb, and ovaries, were missing. The murders continued, each one more gruesome than the last; in the case of victim Catherine Eddowes, a kidney was removed and then half of it sent to the police with a letter bragging that the killer had eaten the other half. Finally, with the murder of Mary Kelly, the Ripper reached new depths of violence and madness: her dead body was disembowelled and her hand had been inserted into her stomach. In addition, her liver had been placed on her thigh, while her breast had been cut off and laid out beside her severed heart, kidneys, and nose. Strips of flesh were hung from nails around the room in which she was murdered. A post-mortem discovered that Kelly had been three months pregnant, but the Ripper had taken her womb and fetus with him. Jack the Ripper was never found, and speculation about him (or, according to one theory, her) continued to abound, casting a long shadow over the inhabitants of London for many years. Every time a fresh murder was committed, people would fear the hand of the Ripper; murders that had happened before the Ripper’s reign of terror were also re-examined. Currently, the case is still open, and the lists of suspects contribute to grow as the evidence is repeatedly sifted, in the hopes of one day solving the mystery.
While Ted Bundy was in prison, his friend Carole Boone, whom he had met the summer he worked at the Department of Emergency Services, became his lover. When Bundy was convicted for murder, he and Boone requested permission from Florida’s prison authority the get married. Permission was refused. Bundy then pulled off a coup by performing the marriage ceremony himself. Boone filled out the necessary marriage licenses at the courthouse. She was then called to the stand by Bundy to testify as a character witness during his sentencing hearing. During the examination, Bundy suddenly asked her if she would marry him and she replied, yes. Bundy then responded that he, too, wanted to marry her. A notary hired by Boone sat among the courtroom spectators and witnessed the exchange or vows. Under Florida law, Bundy and Boone were now legally maried, and thus Boone had the right to ask for contact visits in prison with her husband Ted. Although such visits were restricted to a kiss, a hug, and holding hands under the watchful eyes of guards, prisoners often managed to engineer some way to have sex with their visitor. Boone claimed that she and Bundy conceived a child during one of these contact visits. Their daughter was born in the autumn of 1981, the photograph above is of Ted Bundy, Carole Boone and their daughter.
Various E & D signatures
Ted Bundy talks about his daughter, Rose.
"When I was put on death watch in February," Ted explained. "I wasn’t allowed contact visits anymore. I could only see Carole and Rose through the glass. Rose freaked out. She threw herself on the floor in a tantrum; we couldn’t calm her down. We were really concerned. So, even though we weren’t totally certain how things would turn out, ‘cause there was always the possibility that…" Ted’s low voice trailed off for a moment. Then he continued.
"Anyway, we decided that Carole would stop bringing her along as long as I was on death watch. Rose was really upset about that, too. She kept asking Carole, ‘When’s Daddy coming home?’"
When the execution was stayed in February, things for Rose, went back to normal. Her routine, her family life, were restored.
"She’s fine now," Ted said, his otherwise immobile face shaping into a smile, "happy as ever."
Patti Nielson stated “He looked at us and smiled”, then Eric fired at the doorway window.