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 !
Julie D saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 8:37 am
Nice text! And we all have weird side that makes us unique as human.
Leslie saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 8:37 am
We are one in the same! I love watching shows like snapped, ID Network, etc.. It fascinates me how their minds work and why they do the things they do. I’m glad I’m not alone, hah.
Joely saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 9:06 am
I am with you! I spend hours in the evenings watching ID and shows of the like. I wish I had taken the path of a criminologist but alas not a good career if you have children. Mine are grown now. Maybe one day I will go back for that degree! 🙂
I would love to hear the story about your father, not to sound insensitive, but I am rather dying to hear the story!
Alison saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 10:32 am
Stay tuned Joely — I’m actually working on a series of posts about my dad and the events that surrounded that. You’re not insensitive at all — I wanted to get a couple posts done before I start publishing them but they’re in the works…It’s kind of crazy becuase as I’m writing it, it sounds like a story that you would see on one of those shoes…and it is really, and it’s definitely a reminder that those shows evolved from real life and this crap really can and does happen.
PATRICE M FOSTER saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 9:07 am
This is a great post. Imaging if you did going the field you would be great because of your passion.
m from kmstayathomelife saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 10:25 am
Psyhcology has always facinated me. It is always interesting why people think how they do and do what they do.
Life As A Convert saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm
I don’t have an obsession for it, but I don’t get grossed out by things that most people find disgusting. Like, I could eat and talk about/view them at the same time.
Christine Tolhurst (@SavedXgraceblog) saysFebruary 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm
Alison, we are one in the same! I have always been fascinated about that side of people, too. I have gotten teased for years over it. In fact, when I was pregnant with my daughter almost 12 years ago, I used to watch marathons of “Forensic Files” instead of “A Baby Story”. I am just so weirded out buy what makes them tick or why people do such things. You are definitely not alone.
Lubna Naz saysFebruary 3, 2015 at 8:13 am
A very well written post and I am so scared of all kind of killers, I hope never face one ever!!
Celeste Wong saysFebruary 3, 2015 at 9:11 am
I also do wonder what makes a serial killer do what they do. Although it is a fascinating subject, I won’t be able to handle it as a career. Some of the things can be too disturbing for me to take in.
Mikki saysFebruary 3, 2015 at 9:56 am
Hey, the world needs people like you :-).. we need people to figure these creepy wierdos out so we can catch them!!!
Taya saysFebruary 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm
My kids think it’s weird that I still watch young adult shows like Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Lol, I just like that genre.
Debbie Denny saysFebruary 3, 2015 at 7:22 pm
I think that will be ok. I like criminal mind shows.