Yes, you heard me right, I have an obsession with serial killers. Weird right? My husband teases me a lot about it, but trust me, it’s totally okay; your kids can still play with my kids. Okay so I suppose I should explain that my obsession is not a creepy, lusty, sexual, type of obsession. Rather my obsession is with the mind of the serial killer – what makes psychopaths the way they are – how do they think? What chain of events makes these people this way and given the right (or wrong) series of life events and circumstances, can any one of us morph into one of these monsters?
I’m not entirely sure when it began or why — subconsciously maybe it stems from the fact that my biological father was murdered by a serial killer (more on that on another day). In fact I’m sure that has to have something to do with it because as I got older I found myself researching more and more into the background of my father’s killer, which led to my interest in the psychology of serial killers in general – undoubtedly Charles Manson is my favorite (is it even okay to say you have a favorite serial killer??!! What?). He’s crazy and genius all at the same time.
Eventually I went to school for my Criminal Justice degree with the hopes of moving into the field of Criminal Psychology, but life happened and that was not not the path I ended up taking. Hindsight, it’s probably good because that life would have left me surrounded by insanity and pain day in and day out — that can’t be entirely healthy and certainly not a life you want to raise amazing well-rounded children in.
Even though I didn’t pursue it as a career though, I still love movies, documentaries, interviews, books, and anything else I can watch or read about serial and spree killers, forensics, and criminal psychology. Weird? Some would say yes, but we’ll just call it my guilty pleasure.
Is there anything about you that some might perceive as odd or weird? What’s something that interests you that may not necessarily appeal to the masses? It’s okay to share – this is a judgement free zone. Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading !