Cultural Anthropology

What factors are common among many serial killers?
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  1. While there's no single pattern for serial killers, many share similar background traits. Common elements include an unstable family structure -- serial killers often lacked a father figure growing up. Many suffered physical and sexual abuse as children. Several also harbored violent fantasies while growing up and began to enact these fantasies on creatures weaker than themselves. In many ways, their background stories are similar to what military recruits must go through, but without the discipline the military provides.

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