Although alcohol and drugs, often play an important role as facilitation tools in sexual offending. The most crucial and significant element in a perpetrators vision, direction and motivation is the 'Fantasy'.
All serial perpetrators (whether they offend against children or adults) who sexually assault, rape and murder; Fantasised about their crimes before committing them.
Apart from offending paedophiles, most of these perpetrators have criminal backgrounds which often include burglary, theft, arson, animal cruelty, domestic violence and assault. They are often power/control driven, angry and possess high degrees of self entitlement.
Most are misogynistic and perceive women as mere 'Objects' That are to be used, abused, punished and sometimes tortured and murdered. Some even de-feminise women by cutting off their breasts and mutilating the reproductive system.
Although many in the field of psychiatry, believe that the primary factors that contribute to this type of criminal offending are environmental, such as the offender being a product of a dysfunctional family, divorce, absent Father/single Mother and child abuse. Or that they suffered traumatic brain damage, from being abused or a violent accident. Sometimes drugs and alcohol are blamed, occasionally the defence is ADH, Autism, Aspergers or 'Blacking out' I have even seen 'Epilepsy' as a defence.
'Deputies say he changed his story several times before telling officers he took the baby to the basement, but "blacked out" and didn't remember how the injuries happened. Emmaleigh later died in the hospital from her injuries'.
[Note-Taylor's phone shows he looked up pornography before the alleged crime.]
Firstly, many of these offenders, especially serial killers- were children from normal, loving families and many adults come from horrendous backgrounds and do not commit such crimes. Also, girls who were abused or raped do not commit such crimes as adult women.
Secondly, the same can be said for those who have had brain injuries or abuse alcohol and drugs. So these factors in themselves cannot be the cause or the blame.
What we need to address is that these are predominately male crimes.
We also need to ask the question "Why are most serial killers, mass murderers and paedophiles 'White males'?"
There has to be certain hereditary traits, because why else would they be predominately white Caucasian.
Obviously, psychopathy plays a huge part, as does sexual sadism (Which is another male trait) The medical field refuses to recognise that 'Children can be psychopaths' Yet there is growing evidence that very young children can possess personality disorders such as lack of empathy and callousness. This has also been studied in babies, where normal ones will react to images of faces rather than babies who only react to inanimate objects or bright colours.
There are children that do not recognise the suffering in others or animals. Some children have tortured and killed animals for pleasure, and as we all know, many of these boys do go on to become teenage and then adult serial killers. Yes, there may be an environmental or an emotional response (like anger and hatred from abuse) for the destruction of another/other human being/s. But there has to be something radically wrong with a large percentage of their behaviour in terms of violence, aggression and sadism that is influenced by biology, the genes and brain anatomy.
We know that boys don't grow into adult men and then one day - just decide to become serial rapists or murderers.
There has to be an inherent callousness, psychopathy and a degree of sadistic tendencies which are fuelled by external influences and factors.
This I believe, emerges and escalates during pubescence.
The time of sexual awareness and raging hormones in normal, well adjusted boys, leads to frequent masturbation and the seeking of healthy sexual relationships with others.
But, what about boys who display psychopathic, callous and sadistic traits? The ones who need to feel power, control and take pleasure in causing the pain of animals or indeed human beings?
What happens when they become sexually aware?
Normal, healthy sexual relationships do not interest the sexually aggressive and sadistic males - and cannot be attained. Because women (and men) do not want to be violently abused, raped and murdered.
So, what do they do in order to derive such warped, unhealthy and deviant 'versions' of sexual pleasure?
Firstly, they seek out extreme and violent pornography, after discovering 'Normal' pornography in magazines or more so on the internet.
The only way they can become aroused- is by sexual violence. They reinforce the moulding of sex and violence by masturbating to such combined acts. They not only just view and masturbate to the material. They develop complex and detailed fantasies about subjecting real victims to the very sexual violence and scenarios that they are aroused by.
After a period of time and after exhausting the whole spectrum of violent and deviant pornography. They become completely desensitized, frustrated and both psychologically and sexually flaccid.
This is where they cross the line. It is their only option.
They have developed, refined and invested in their 'Perfect fantasy' and now they need to find their 'Perfect victim'. Some of them even 'Make' their own
'Perfect pornography' whilst raping and murdering their victims.
The following extracts are from the book 'Sex related homicide and death investigation' By Vernon J. Geberth
Criminal psychologist- The problem with porn and sex offenders
*Click on the images to enlarge.
During the 1950's/60's/70's Many serial rapists and murderers collected, real men, detective and true crime magazines to aid their fantasies. Here's a selection
of the covers, which eroticised sexual violence and were extremely gratuitous.
Some examples of serial murderers fantasy ideas/interiors
|David Parker Ray's 'Toy box'|
|Col. Russell Williams|
|Cameron Hooker head box|
|Gerard Schaefer drawings|
Dennis Rader wikipedia
|'Self portraits' by Dennis Rader( BTK)|
Crime scene and self portrait photographs