Anonymity, Loss of ritual, Urban alienation, Availability of victims.
PSYCOPATHIC REACTION, Low self esteem, Lack of empathy, Emotionally flat, Loss of ego boundries, Alcohol/Drug abuse.
PSYCHOTIC REACTION, Pressure of thought, Delusional features,Depersonalization, Emotional release, Need for control,
Childhood abuse, physical and psychological, Domineering Mother, weak or abscent Father, or bullying Father (Alcohol abuse) and abused Mother,
CHARACTERISTICS, Withdrawl from peers, nocturnal enuresis, periodic arson, Animal mutilation, self mutilation, Witdrawal from reality. Increase in aggresive behaviour particulaly towards Women, Ritualised, obsessive/compulsive behaviour.
THE RISE OF INDUSTRILIZATION.
The rise and spread of industrialization, with ever dencer,alienated urban life, is the breeding ground of the serial killer. No such phenomina existed, or indeed could exist in a society based on small, personalised agrarian communities, such as were the norm prior to the land clearences of the 17th and 18th Centuries. The serial killer is the living embodyment of modern Capiltalist society, where, commodification and personal satisfaction are everything. This environment breeds Alienated, psycopathic individuals like a Petri dish breeds culture. Another important factor is the loss of high ritual in modern society, the gradual fading of organised Religion, with its rituals, structure,conformity, and beliefe in an after- life and a redeeming Godhead has left a hugh void in our existance, that the mere purchase of consumer goods cannot fill. This is the milieu of the modern serial killer, and here that we find the Grand-Daddy of them all JTR.
Jack was a born and bred City boy. He had an unhappy childhood, witn parental alcohol abuse, leading to physical-mental-sexual abuse, it is also possible that a form of religious mania played a part in his up-bringing. This type of parental behaviour towards a child leads to feelings of low self esteem and at the same time an all consuming rage, these feelings cannot, of course be displayed towards the abusive parent but are transfered onto a substitute figure, leading to inapropriate warped relationships,and the development of a violent fantasy life. It is this dislocation of Self-Environment-Spirit where the wild things grow.
Any Psychologist will tell you, if you change the external environment, you change the internal environment. The comming of the machine, the forced land clearances to provide the factory fodder needed, and the change from personalised,agrarian living, to impersonal Urban doesnt just alter the physical landscape it alters the mental one as well, industrialization is Jacks midwife, murder changes from recognie reasons to reasons that are wholly alien, Jack murders like a machine, and with a machines concience. "Though this be madness, yet there be method in it" Hamlet......
Edited by Stephen Turner, 15 August 2005 - 02:24 PM.