Serial killers celebrity status: What is about committed murderers that lead to many of us unable to look the other way? Dissecting mythology, psychology and media fascination.
Over the centuries, we have developed what can only be described as a total fascination with certain types of criminals. One type of criminal that many people are interested in is serial killers. In fact, a multi-million dollar industry has been created around serial killers with many people rushing out to buy books or watch movies about this type of criminal.
As a result of our fascination, many serial killers have managed to achieve celebrity status with their heinous crimes catapulting them into the public eye and turning them into globally known celebrities. In fact, some serial killers, such as Colin Ireland, only decided to start killing people in a bid to try and achieve this status, which is somewhat worrying to say the least.
We’ve also heard of serial killers that develop a huge fan base and even manage to find a partner while they are behind bars, which in some cases results in a prison wedding. Many women are so obsessed with serial killers that they send all sorts of things to them in prison ranging from romantic letters to items of their underwear.
Some decide to devote their lives to their favorite serial killer by getting married to them despite the fact that the person will never be released from prison and regardless of the fact that a background check online would probably read like a phone book due to the number and severity of the crimes.
A morbid fascination
For many people, there is a strong morbid fascination that leads them to take an interest in these criminals. Part of this reason is that many serial killers are actually extremely intelligent although not all of them are.
The serial killer Ted Bundy was a very intelligent law student with a very promising career in front of him. However, rather than become a lawyer he decided to start killing and became on the most notorious serial killers in recent history.
Even the judge that sentenced him to death remarked on what a pity it was that he did not go into law rather than serial killing. He said this was because he said that he would have liked to have worked with Bundy, who even represented himself at the trial.
In addition to the high intelligence levels of many of these criminals, another thing that many people seem to be fascinated by is their ability to commit such crimes without any remorse.
For most people, this is something that would be unimaginable. However, for serial killers it is like a compulsion and rather than being repulsed by what they have done their goal is to do it again and again. Because this is an emotion that most of us are unfamiliar with, it tends to fascinate us and want to find out more about what goes on in the mind of a serial killer.
Of course, this is something that we will probably never truly know, which only makes our fascination with these killers all the stronger.