Saturday, April 15, 2006

Most serial killer are men.But the interesting thing is that most serial killers are people who suffered abuse of sorts mostly from their mothers.It seems that the hand that rocks the cradle not only rules the world but can lead to it's destruction.Mothers of the world, you have great power; please use it for good!
But Duncan Idaho doesn't have an opinion as benign as mine!

Serial killers and the matriarchy

Feminists often love to mention serial killers and serial rapists as examples of men being horrid misogynists, forgetting that murderers and rapists make up a tiny fraction of a percentage of all men. Furthermore, they seem to forget that most serial killers suffer abuse from the hands of violent mothers and/or rarely have fathers present. At the very least they invariably have a dominant mother and weak father. If feminists want to start throwing about anecdotes of serial killers and rapists to criticize men, then I think we can do the same to criticize them back.

For example, Edmund Kemper was belittled and abused by his thrice-divorced mother and not allowed to see his father. Pissed off at getting regularly locked in the basement for disobeying his mother, Ed blew his grandparents away at the age of 15 and, after six-years in a mental asylum, he was released, albeit back into the custody of his shrewish nagging mother. He subsequently chopped up a load of college girls before decapitating his mother then turning himself in to the police.

Ed Gein - the model for Norman Bates in Psycho - was raised by a mother who told him women were all evil whores (except herself of course) and after mummy died he proceeded to dig up dead women and make lampshades and vests out of them. He got nabbed after turning a couple of living women into dead ones.

Then there was Eddie Cole, whose mother dressed him as a girl, beat him and threatened to kill him if he ever uttered a word about her adulterous escapades with local bad-boys when her husband was busy being shot at by the Japanese during World War II. Cole spent his adult life drifting around bars, picking up women and killing them if they turned out to be sluts just like his mum. He once throttled to death a woman during sex when she happened to admit she was married.

These are just three examples of killers whose tortured psychopathology's roots lies with their mothers.

In his book Serial Killers, Joel Norris highlights the strong link between serial killers and other violent individuals with the breakdown of the family which, in turn, leads to children being abused more often (children are more at risk from abuse when their father is removed) and with more unstable home lives. He doesn't explicitly mention feminism, but certainly feminism is the leading reason for the rise in single-mother households, the rise in divorce, children being dumped in childcare and having multiple 'fathers' as mummy goes from one thug-lover to the next:

Over the course of the twentieth century, families have been getting smaller, they have become highly unstable, with children going through serial families of pseudo fathers as a result of multiple marriages. Now, in the middle of the final quarter of the century, families are in danger of breaking down and the very concept of parental responsibilities is undergoing redefinition in the courts as a result of surrogate parenting. Children are routinely placed in child-care programmes at age two, often under instense pressure to qualify, and the parents themselves are more often than not involved in serial sexual relationships with multiple partners even while they are married. There are now more children living in homes with divorced parents than there are children living in the same home with both biological parents. In other words, the family structure is undergoing a massive restructuring, especiallyi n the postwar period...
In single-parent [read: single-mother] homes, the situation can be even more devestating for the child. An entire generation of children will shortly emerge for whom there are no normal, supportive parental relationships...they represent the largest area of population growth of our society, and they will in turn give birth to a succeeding generation of children out of control, who will carry the disease of generational violence well into the next century and well beyond the borders of the United States.

The above was written in 1988 and the spiralling rise in violence in Western societies by alienated youngsters from broken homes can be seen in events like the Jamie Bulger killing or the Columbine shootings.

In the early 1980s the FBI conducted a study of convicted sex-murderers and thrill-killers and found that 47% did not have a father present throughout most or all of their childhood, and of those that did have fathers present, 71% reported that their mother was the dominant parent.

In his 1997 book, Of Men and Monsters, Richard Tithecott explains how female-dominated or female-only households are more likely to produce violent criminals because the matriarchy, on any scale, is chaos and non-logic, compared to the patriarchy, which is order and rules. Tithecott does use the terms "perceived" and "according to common wisdom" which may imply he may not accept the ideas he is putting down here (although this may be simply a way of distancing himself from such criticism of women to avoid being condemned for being 'sexist') but he makes some fine points. After all, you don't have to study serial killers to see that the matriarchy and feminism are as far from logic, fairness and order as you can get.

The dysfunctional family unit is largely figured as a place lacking the father. With patriarchy absent, matriarchy rules, and the results are perceived as monstrous: "Serial killers are almost invariably found to have experienced environmental problems in their early years. In many cases they stem from a broken home in which the parents are divorced or separated, a home with a weak or absent father-figure and dominant female, sometimes a home-life marked by a lack of consistent discipline." (Wilson & Seaman, The Serial Killers, 1990)
With the family figured as the originator of the meaning of our lives, the amount of structure in our lives depends on the type of family from which we come. And we have come to expect that to defy the law of the father is to disperse meaning, that martiarchally produced narrative is inevitably chaotic. Like Jeffrey Dahmer, whose life, in the words of Oprah Winfrey "spun out of control" (Oprah, 4 September 1991), the individual growing up in a female-dominated family (Dahmer lived with his grandmother after his parents were divorced) is commonly perceived as an unpredictable figure whose actions appear motiveless.

Jefrfrey Dahmer's father, a chemist, spent a lot of time at work, leaving Jeffrey and his brother with their mother. She was a hysterical hypochondriac who spent most of her life in bed popping pills. She divorced her husband because he dared to work long hours and practically cleaned him out. She fought for custody of her youngest son, but not Jeffrey, who was eighteen at the time of his parent's split and who committed his first murder not long afterwards.

Tithecott continues:.

Do we fathers or potential fathers-to-be feel anxious about the possibility of father a monster? According to common wisdom, if we do, it should be because of our absence [from our child's life], not our active participation. While Lional Dahmer [Jeffrey's dad] feels guilty for not spending enough time with his son, masculinity's involvmenet in the "creation" of Jeffrey is represented negatively, as a "good" force not implemented. From the perspective which sees men as the originators of structure, of a sense of place, of visibility, the serial killer, the archetypal purveyor of meaninglessness, can only be the product of femaleness.
The struggle between our law-enforcers is represented as the struggle between the law of the father and the disorder of the mother, between post-Oedipal language spoken by the police and heard nightly on crime shows, and pre-Oedipal language spoken by the killers, by "mummy's boys" who never grew up to be real men. Our policing discourses, implied to be valorized as masculine, conflict with feminine discourse, discourse lacking motive and logic.
Tell that to a feminist next time she starts banging on about how women are the nurturing sex from which comes all civilized behaviour.


At 4/15/2006 10:54:00 PM, Blogger Girl next door said...

Anytime a child grows up in a dysfunctional home and is subject to abuse, something screwed up will happen. Sure enough, mothers wield a lot of influence and power over their kids coz they're involved in their day-to-day aspects of their lives. But at the same time, absent fathers, by that same characteristic also influence their kids. Why else were most of us so scared of being in trouble with our dads while growing up? If your mom yells at you, no big deal coz it happens every other day. But let's say your dad, who probably spends more time outside the home, comes home and is pissed off. For me, that was a big deal--coz it didn't happen to often.
Anyhow, I'm not going to excuse a mother for screwing up her son, but:
a) it takes 2 humans to create a kid, passing on their genes and various traits that influence a child as much if not more than their environment.
b) when a kid reaches adulthood, they need to take responsibility for their actions.
I don't have any sympathy for a rapist or serial killer.

At 4/16/2006 09:57:00 PM, Blogger kritik said...

uh huh.....
expect some serious tongue lashing from the feminist-KBW "anti-men" brigade!
this might just ring up some interesting reactions.

At 4/17/2006 12:30:00 PM, Blogger LaBelle said...

I am curious. For every socio/psychopath who grew up in an unstable, abusive home, there's like 100 others who with a similar family background who end up being functional members of the society. I can't help but wonder if some individuals are predisposed to be a certain way and the less than ideal childhood just tips them over? Or would they have ended up that way even if they came from a balanced, loving two-parent home?

At 4/17/2006 02:33:00 PM, Blogger Instigator said...

@ girl next door
Thanks for your opinion.But I think mothers exercise the most influence and kids seek out their approval more then they do for daddy.
I do agree that it takes 2 to raise a kid and that people need to own up for their actions esp as adults!
@ kritik
I eagerly await them!
@ labelle
Nature vs nurture is indeed an interesting debate!

At 4/18/2006 04:03:00 AM, Blogger kritik said...

from my sojourns in kbw, you are really being "pussywhipped" to use a term i came across.
yani the mamaz cant get enough of you..

At 4/19/2006 02:52:00 AM, Blogger mudskippah said...

I blame human nature for all the bog the world is in, and things are going to get even worse. What, with gay couples being allowed to adopt children! Wonder if there is any research yet on the mental health/social adjustment of these kids.

The more people become materialistic, selfish, egoistic and self-centred, pleasure-seekers and so on in the name of being liberal, the more messed up families there shall be. The more messed up the family unit, the more messed up the society, the more messed up humanity.

Serial killers and other socio-paths are just a tiny fraction of the fruits of the tree that is society today.The most troubling products of this society, in my opinion, are the billions of people who consider themselves "normal", including u and me, who will cheat on our spouses, fight in front of the kids, divorce, steal, cheat etc etc repeating the cycle... the harvest is exponential.

The cure is a mass change of heart. I'm not a preacher but allow me to ask: What's wrong with the Christian love ethic?

At 4/20/2006 09:16:00 AM, Blogger Kenyangal said...

The wrong part of the author's argument is that he blames single motherhood for serial killers... its not single motherhood, its psycho-parenthod! My mum was a single mum and she's brought up kids that the whole extended family looks up to.. And I know many single mother family's or 'matriarchies" with functional kids. Also, if it was the mother that left the home and did not participate in bringing up the child, a psychodad may as well have brought up a serial killer. Its just because in most cases when a relationship breaks up the mothers keep the children so by default there end up being more instances of psyhomums than psychodads.

BY THE WAY? why are we not blaming manhood for serial killing? I MEAN many women are also brought up by psychoparents, many women are sexually and emotionally molested by their parents and relatives.. why do these women not go out and start killing many people and then a feminist can write an article blaming their actions on the experiences that happened to them when they were kids and on absentee or rapist fathers. Yes what happens in our past can be a great part of defining who we are but at any point in our lives we can decide not to let it influence our current behaviour, just as girl next door said, everyone has to be responsible for their own actions

At 4/20/2006 09:43:00 AM, Blogger Instigator said...

@ kritik
It aint like that!I am still my own man!
@ mudskippah
The family unit is like a watch.Sticking a nail into it isnt going to make it work any better.That is why all these new family units are going to do more harm then good!Is there still a christian love ethic?
@ kenyangal
Yes I agree that psycho parenthood is a cause as there are many good single parents out there!But more often then not a serial killer grows up under a single mother that fact cant be disputed at all!
Well I think women who are brought up by psychos marry psychos and some of them have indeed become psycho or help their psycho husbands kill!But the blame is still on men after all who makes up the majority of serial killers?

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At 4/25/2006 12:41:00 AM, Blogger mudskippah said...

@Instigator: The Christian Love Ethic is a timeless principle. What no longer exists (or is about to go extinct) is people to practice it. Nietschze said something like "super-people" like Jesus Christ (people of above-average mental and spiritual strenght, humans close to perfection) came up with philosophies like the love ethic in order to help "lesser, ordinary" humans co-exist harmoniously... or something like that. I stand to be corrected. What do you think, or is that another story for another blog?

At 4/25/2006 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Instigator said...

@ mudskippah
I do get your point but if you do read the Bible it also says that in the last days people will be lovers of themselves.At their base human beings are selfish and depraved beings and must fight this to get to a higher spiritual state where they can be of some good to the rest of mankind.I will research some more and post on it.

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At 5/22/2007 09:48:00 AM, Blogger byrdeye said...

Sobering reality here.

Young kids need strong fathers and good moms.

Too bad the latter is officially an endangered species in the US these days...

At 8/24/2012 05:37:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

@Kenyangal: serial killers are an extreme rarity, and maybe it's not so important to fixate on those. The interesting part, however, is that there are a ton of other less-desirable outcomes that are also associated with single-parenthood (crime, drugs, sexual dysfunction, depression, etc.).

I'd like to see the data myself, but one obvious reason why it's single-MOTHERS almost certainly has to do with the fact that women are most often given sole parent ship. Not sure there are that many single-father homes or how well they have been researched? However, from what I've gleaned from various articles on the internet there's a bit of a tilt against the mothers even when compared to single fathers.

I think that single mothers have been the norm in older days too, largely from the man dying during war, hunting or other work. However, we lived in more close-knit societies then, because everyone depended on everyone else for survival. Here kids in any single parent setting would have plenty of grown-up contact with both males and females.

Something that has emerged out of the many studies in this areas is that it seems that both boys and girls function better when growing up with both a father and a mother (normal ones, not the psychos). Boys and girls tend to statistically turn out to have "issues" of various sorts with the opposite sex when they don't have good role models of either sex. The boys, for instance, seem to lack "something" in their relation to the girls that would have otherwise turned into their wives. Often these "Momma's Boys" do not marry and don't have children, it's like they miss something that would've made them good partners and/or attractive to the opposite sex. Girls express this differently. They tend to even hit puberty sooner, and sometimes (statistically speaking) they turn into these extreme (sexually) attention-seeking girls that throw themselves at pretty much any male, and at a young age too.

BTW, there are a few female serial killers. Aileen Wuornos, perhaps best known from the movie "Monster" where none less than Charlize Theron played her. Classic. Raped by crazy pedophile father she turns into some kind of "ultra-monster-feminist" and killed 7 men. Can't help thinking of whether Valerie Solanas, who attempted the murder of Andy Warhol, might be a smaller version of her on the long continuum of how people turn out? ... Oh, went and checked. That's a yes. Solanas claimed to have been regularly molested by her father too.

Imagine all those poor girls-turned-women finding a common cause under which they could unite. Imagine all of them in the same room. Imagine what they'd say, how they'd act, and how they'd try to structure marriage, society, the gender relationships and what opinions they might have of ordinary heterosexual sex? Imagine how much more extreme their views would grow over the years?

What movement would they be very, very attracted to?

At 4/09/2013 04:26:00 PM, Blogger St. Estephe said...

I do not believe that most serial killers are men. There is no way to tell, so we might as well assume 50/50 until the subject of violence by women begins to attract sufficient funding for studies (which it never has).

SEE: Index: Female Serial Killers

Female Serial Killers of the 21st Century: A Photo Gallery

Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America

At 8/17/2013 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Mas Salleh said...

John Wayne Gacy grew up with both parents,he ended on a killing spree involving young boys.Don't know whether he had daddy issues..


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