I saw a movie titled, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” about this serial killer, Theodore Robert Bundy. Don’t blame me, guys. I was just hearing of him as at yesterday. So, for stale guys like me, Ted Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, before his execution in 1989 he confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true number of victims is unknown and possibly higher. Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic, traits that he may have exploited to win the trust of victims and society. He would typically approach his victims in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering, raping and killing them in secluded locations. He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes, grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses until putrefaction and destruction by wild animals made any further interactions impossible. He decapitated at least 12 victims and kept some of the severed heads as mementos in his apartment. On a few occasions, he broke into dwellings at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept.
Wow there is a lot to say about this man.
If interested, you can read up on him or even see the movie.
Seeing the movie yesterday, I was left with overwhelming questions “What is the satisfaction in this?” “What came about this?”
Anyway, it is a lot to think about. Well, I mean, a serial killer is not known by face. In fact history has it that many women were attracted to Ted Bundy. So he was like Man Crush Monday. JUST WOW!
Let me share some information about serial killers, to be precise, serial rapists. Believe me when I say, talking about this is not abstract.
A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. Different authorities apply different criteria when designating serial killers. For example, while most authorities set athreshold of three murders, others extend it to four or lessen it to two. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines serial killing as “a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone”. Although psychological gratification is the usual motive for serial killing, and most serial killings involve sexual contact with the victim, the FBI states that the motives of serial killers can include anger, thrill-seeking, financial gain, and attention seeking. The murders may be attempted or completed in a similar fashion. The victims may have something in common, for example, demographic profile, appearance, gender or race. A serial killer is neither a mass murderer, nor a spree killer, although there may be conceptual overlaps between serial killers and spree killers.
Historical criminologists have suggested that there may have been serial murders throughout history, but specific cases were not adequately recorded.
The motives of serial killers are generally placed into four categories: visionary, mission-oriented, hedonistic, and power or control; however, the motives of any given killer may display considerable overlap among these categories.
The category of hedonistic is the main point here.
This type of serial killer seeks thrills and derives pleasure from killing, seeing people as expendable means to this goal. Forensic psychologists have identified three subtypes of the hedonistic killer: “lust”, “thrill”, and “comfort”. The focus here is LUST.
Sex is the primary motive of lust killers, whether or not the victims are dead, and fantasy plays a large role in their killings. Their sexual gratification depends on the amount of torture and mutilation they perform on their victims. The sexual serial murderer has a psychological need to have absolute control, dominance, and power over their victims, and the infliction of torture, pain, and ultimately death is used in an attempt to fulfill their need. They usually use weapons that require close contact with the victims, such as knives or hands. As lust killers continue with their murders, the time between killings decreases or the required level of stimulation increases, sometimes both.
Kenneth Bianchi, one of the “Hillside Stranglers”, murdered women and girls of different ages, races and appearance because his sexual urges required different types of stimulation and increasing intensity. Jeffrey Dahmer searched for his perfect fantasy lover—beautiful, submissive and eternal. As his desire increased, he experimented with drugs, alcohol, and exotic sex. His increasing need for stimulation was demonstrated by the dismemberment of victims, whose heads and genitals he preserved, and by his attempts to create a “living zombie” under his control (by pouring acid into a hole drilled into the victim’s skull).
Dahmer once said, “Lust played a big part of it. Control and lust. Once it happened the first time, it just seemed like it had control of my life from there on in. The killing was just a means to an end. That was the least satisfactory part. I didn’t enjoy doing that. That’s why I tried to create living zombies with … acid and the drill.” He further elaborated on this, also saying, “I wanted to see if it was possible to make—again, it sounds really gross—uh, zombies, people that would not have a will of their own, but would follow my instructions without resistance. So after that, I started using the drilling technique.” He experimented with cannibalism to “ensure his victims would always be a part of him”.
It was published in 2017 that serial rapists invaded Lagos communities. Fear gripped residents of Adamo, Aleke, Isiu, and neighbouring communities in Ikorodu division of Lagos state over the invasion of their communities by a notorious gang of ritualists/serial rapists called Badoo. The gang attack residents mostly at nights, rape young girls and women before killing them and take their blood. A house was attacked in Aleke, Adamo by this group killing a family of four after raping mother and two daughters to death. While residents were still in shock, a similar incidence was said to have occurred at Isiu, along Adamo-Imota road a few days ago where a family of three was also attacked, raped and killed.
This is real. Very real.
What can be done?