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Praetorianus February 9th, 2019 4:38am

Are all serial killers clinically insane?

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
02/08/19 9:41 pm

I think so.
No sane person would just go out and kill people, often for sexual gratification.
That doesn't mean they're *legally* insane - insanity pleas rarely work.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
02/09/19 6:18 am

War doesn't count as murder.

snagglepuss Story Time
02/09/19 2:01 am

Deadly with a personality disorder

lcamino Florida and Georgia
02/09/19 1:00 pm

I think they are either mentally ill or evil.

ctskapski x
02/09/19 10:57 am

I'd imagine most probably aren't "insane", necessarily.
It's hard to get away with things when you're insane, and you have to get away with it at least once for it to be serial.

phalnx Ohio
02/08/19 9:57 pm

I'd say they'd have to be. Killing people specifically to match a theme is pretty much textbook psychosis.

LeftLibertarian The Age of Outrage
02/08/19 10:00 pm

This kind of gets at what the purpose is or should be when we are trying to quantify with clinical diagnoses. I’m somewhat uncertain on both accounts, although if I was forced to speculate, it would probably be a “no, not necessarily” based on typical standards.

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
02/08/19 11:00 pm

Not all of them. Some are just cold and sadistic.

thomas12466 Los Angeles
02/08/19 11:10 pm

No, to be evil, you must be sane first. Otherwise you are just crazy.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/08/19 11:16 pm

No. Some are simply evil.

phalnx Ohio
02/09/19 1:11 pm

That's what defines a serial killer. Otherwise, they're just plain killers.

02/14/19 10:06 am

No, they are cruel and sadistic and likely feel almost no emotion but I don't believe they're crazy. They know what they're doing, they plan it, they execute it, and they get away with it for years. Generally, a crazy person cannot think that clearly. However, a psychotic person certainly can.

02/08/19 11:25 pm

Not sure a theme is required