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Why do we fetishize serial killers? Show more Show less
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Serial killers are dangerous criminals that have caused a lot of pain and fear. Because of their killing habits, they easily become the bad guy in television shows and movies. “Silence of the Lambs” and “Criminal Minds” are good examples of entertainment that uses criminals for entertainment. Despite their horrible reputations in real life, people fall in love with serial killers and get enjoyment out of their unnatural lifestyles. Why would people find happiness in someone who has killed people?

People don’t know why serial killers kill Show more Show less

Because serial killers are usually in movies or TV shows, people don’t know a lot about them. Because of their ignorance, the public just sees criminals as characters. There’s never an inquiry as to why they harm people.
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Serial killers' mental illness

Mental illness has been the cause of antisocial or aggressive behavior for years. As people become more aware of them, there are more treatments. The same goes for serial killers.
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The Argument

Mental illness has been a popular cause of how serial killers become criminals. Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer were reported to have borderline personality disorder.[1] However, many people don’t understand how mental illness affects the mind. Therefore, people find it easy to see them as less than human and more like characters. In media and entertainment, serial killers are romanticized. Mental illness is exaggerated and incorrectly portrayed, becoming part of a fantasy and used to entertain ignorance.

Counter arguments

Not all serial killers have mental illnesses. Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer had anti-social behavior and borderline personality disorder. But anti-social behavior isn’t considered a mental illness.[2] Additionally, not all cases of mental illness result in violence. Only about 4% of those with mental illness behave violently.[3]

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Premises

[P1] Mental illness causes aggressive behavior. [P2] People don’t understand how mental illnesses work. [P3] Serial killers are romanticized in media and entertainment.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Not all cases of mental illness result in violence.

References

  1. https://serialkillershop.com/blogs/true-crime/five-serial-killers-afflicted-with-mental-disorders
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/wicked-deeds/201406/serial-killer-myth-1-theyre-mentally-ill-or-evil-geniuses
  3. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mental-illness-and-violence-myths-and-facts_b_579e6f5ee4b07066ba1f2b83
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