Serial Killers – Views on Why Sadipaths Kill, the Death Penalty, and Rehabilitation


Serial Killers – Views on Why Sadipaths Kill, the Death Penalty, and Rehabilitation


Raqota Berger

Center for Criminal and Psychological Studies, Los Angeles, California


American Journal of Law and Legal Studies

Serial killers are among the most brutal, callous, and coldhearted criminal offenders. This is particularly true for sadipathic killers, that have no remorse for their acts and no empathy for their victims. This study analyzed statistical data collected from 220 people willing to share their thoughts and beliefs about serial murderers, why they repeatedly kill, whether they can be effectively treated and rehabilitated, and whether or not they should receive the death penalty. The findings revealed that most respondents believe that serial murder is connected to mental illness (82%), childhood abuse (81%), sadistic personality (75%), and anger (69%). The majority of respondents do not believe that serial killers can be treated or rehabilitated (79%). The majority of the participants also stated that serial killers should receive the death penalty (62%). Almost 8 out 10 respondents believe that serial murder is associated with a sadistic personality. Respondents 40 years of age and older (90%) were palpably more likely to believe that serial killers should receive the death penalty. With the exception of multiracial respondents, all ethnic groups leaned in the direction that serial killers should receive the death penalty. This study brings forth additional findings and insights into serial murder and sadipathy that may be of value to professionals working across academic, mental health, and legal settings.


Keywords: serial murder, serial killer, sadipathy, death penalty, rehabilitation, mental illness


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Raqota Berger.Serial Killers ‒ Views on Why Sadipaths Kill, the Death Penalty, and Rehabilitation.American Journal of Law and Legal Studies, 2020, 3:6. DOI:10.28933/ajlls-2020-01-0605


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