Apr 15 2011
This article examines the change of public opinion towards serial killers from the 1600’s to modern day. The advent of psychology drastically changed the public and their opinion of killers as a whole. This change in opinion has drastically affected the punishments of serial killers in America. As television shows of crime and their investigations became popular, Americans developed a sympathetic attitude towards serial killers. Many people have studied this phenomenon and have come to the same conclusions I have. After dividing the serial killers into separate groups I then compared two killers, one from the 1600’s and one from the early 1900’s and investigated not only their murders but also how the public reacted to them. From this comparison I am able to begin my argument that psychology is the reason for the drastic changes between the time periods and why people feel this new sympathy for serial killers. I concluded that due to psychology and the more intense understanding of the mind, people gained a sympathy for killers which is now apparent in multiple television shows and movies.