Beatings are only of the things that turn some people into serial killers. The simple fact is that children who are exposed to alcohol and substance abuse in the womb may suffer from serious birth defects. Small eye openings, retardation, a small head and brain and central nervous system issues are just some of the problems they could face, if they survive. And if they survive, they just might turn serial killers.
Or, there is also the possibility that if a child wasn’t exposed to substance abuse in the womb, he or she might grow up in a home where substances are abused. This can have terrible consequences. ADHD, attachment disorders, doubts, feelings of inadequacy, depression and behavioral problems become evident from a very young age. According to FBI statistics, the childhood homes of more than 70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse. However, very few serial killers themselves are hooked alcohol and substances, although most experimented in their youth.
There is a Colombian rapist/serial killer, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos, aka “La Bestia” who was apprehended in 1999. He admitted to the rape, torture and murder of 147 young boys, but authorities think the actual number of his victims probably exceeds 300. He captured his victims by posing as a priest or a teacher. The oldest of seven brothers, he was both physically and mentally abused by his father. Technically, he should have been sentenced to 1,853 years and 9 days in prison, but Columbian law limits imprisonment only up to 40 years. He might qualify for early release in 2121 because he helped police find some of his victim’s bodies, or possibly get even more of his sentence reduced for good behavior. In an interview, he declared that he has turned a new leaf, and if released early, he will begin a career in politics in order to help abused children.
There are many ways that adults abuse children. It might not be physical; but sometimes it can be emotional abuse or neglect. Serial killers were almost always humiliated frequently in their youth or childhood. That means when the parents disciplined them, it was unfair, unpredictable, destructive and sometimes very cruel. Quite a few male serial killers confessed that during childhood, they had to dress in girl’s dresses as punishment. A couple of years ago a 2-year old Brazilian toddler was taken away from her mother and her stepfather in Araçatuba because they had been punishing her by locking her in a dark room, only giving her raw onions to eat, and had glued her vagina closed. The little girl has a new home now, but the trauma has probably followed her. Not everyone can get such cruel punishment.
Bed-wetting is not considered a predictor of a serial killer, but all studies conclude that bed-wetting past the age of five is demeaning for a child, especially if parents and siblings tease them or belittle them. Over 57% of serial killers were bed-wetters until an unusually advanced age. Children over five do not wet their beds purpose, but most of them who do already have low self-esteem, and bed-wetting exacerbates the problem.
Cruel and unusual treatment for childhood problems like bed-wetting does not only impair a child’s self-esteem, it also desensitizes the child. And it can cause huge developmental failures. Developmental failure is slow physical development that can happen to a baby or a child due to poor nutrition. But it can also cause short height and sometimes behavior problems. The child will grow up without any empathy for others, because he will have come to believe that the emotionally empty world he knows is normal. A child who has suffered abuse can become unable to function adequately in society, succeed academically, or form healthy, intimate relationships. Later in life he or she may become a person who fails to keep a job for any period of time and cannot maintain a successful relationship. On top of these consequences, people who suffer from severe childhood abuse often cannot deal stress as adults, as their brain’s turn-off switch for stress response is underdeveloped.
There was an American serial killer named Henry Lucas who had a classic serial killer’s upbringing. At the age of 10, he lost an eye after his brother knifed him. At the age of 10, his drunken father collapsed outside during a blizzard and froze to death. His mother was a prostitute who would force him to watch her have sex with clients while at the same time making him dress as a girl. He began to get attention through frighteningly strange behavior. His first kill was his mother, but after he was caught and convicted, he served only 10 years in prison before being released due to overcrowding in the prison. He became a drifter, he travelled all over the US and killed a variety of types of people, eventually confessing to over 100 murders. He was sentenced to death in Texas, but then-governor George W. Bush, going against his usual policies, commuted his sentence to life imprisonment. Just three years later, Henry died of a heart attack. Henry’s early childhood was not an unusual story for a serial killer. Being forced to witness violent sexual acts between family members damages most children. Some are sexually abused themselves, usually by family members. Most were punished for masturbating, and a large percentage began to make violent sexual fantasies while still children.
Betsy is my little sister, and I am very proud of her for her amazing language capabilities. When she was just a small girl, she would sometimes make up new words when she needed to, to avoid being slowed down by not knowing the “mainstream” word. Example: her word, “benext”, a combination of “beside” and “next to”, which simple meant “do lado” (but long before she ever encountered Portuguese, of course).
A Betsy é muito mais que uma professora de inglês. É uma conselheira, humorista, terapeuta, amiga! Tem uma qualidade que me encanta: a Curiosidade. Se interessa por tudo! E mais do que isso, procura se inteirar daquilo de novo que aprendeu e acaba te ensinando outro ponto de vista mais interessante sobre aquilo. Está sempre antenada ao que ocorre no Mundo e no Brasil. O melhor de tudo, é que passa todo o seu conhecimento com uma leveza e um humor fora do comum. Estar com a Betsy é muito bom. Acompanhar suas publicações online, vai ser melhor ainda!
É com prazer que escrevo sobre minha grande amiga e professora Betsy. Além de possuir um excelente conteúdo, fruto de pesquisas em livros, revistas, internet etc., Betsy se preocupa em nos deixar a par dos mais recentes acontecimentos. Possui uma criatividade encontrada em poucos, fazendo com que suas aulas sejam bastante dinâmicas e divertidas. Tenho certeza que os ensinamentos em seu blog, trarão muitos proveitos para os alunos, permitindo que estes aprimorem seus conhecimentos na língua Inglesa.
Betsy is the best english teacher I’ve ever had! Her classes are always an amazing experience. She guides our conversation with different and interesting topics each day, what allows us not only to improve the vocabulary but also learn/ discuss about other cultures and subjects. I know I’m going to be totally addicted to this blog!