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The Minds Of Serial Killers

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Is there more to these Serial killers than we know? Do they have reason for what they did? Past, present, and future could all be factors leading up to the murders and looking at how they are the same helps us understand why and what happened.


I had a look at different documentary's about the serial killers to figure out if I could find out what they had in common and see if there anything that may have lead them to do what they did. My inhale goal was to explore the topic and theme in a text. distinguish between the two, and reflect on how they interrelate. For my exhale I made a comparative article about the information I found about the two true crimes. My goal was to create a text that uses strategies and techniques to build out your purpose and address your audience. Im proud that I was able to achieve both of my goals to the best ability.



Ted Bundy, was born in Burlington Vermont, on November 24th,1946. Ted was his mother's secret shame, as his illegitimate birth humiliated her religious parents. For a while, Ted was living with his grandparents and was told his mother was his sister. He figured out that his mother couldn't be his sister as there was an unrealistic age gap between them. There are theories that Ted’s first victim was when he was only 14. At that time a girl in his neighborhood was taken from her house at night and was never seen again. Bundy confessed to killing 36 young women across several states in the 1970s, but experts believe that the number may be closer to 100 or more. His killings usually followed a gruesome pattern: He often raped his victims before beating them to death. Ted’s victims were young females who he usually persuaded to help him and then he would commit his crime. Bundy was arrested for kidnap crime but escaped from prison twice. In July 1979, Bundy was convicted for the two Chi Omega murders at FSU. He was given 3 death row sentences in 1980. Bundy appealed trying to take his case to us supreme court but was turned down and he also offered information on some unsolved murder’s but he could not delay justice forever and was executed by an electric chair in 1989.

John Gacy was born in Chicago Illinois, on March 17th, 1942. As a young kid, John was badly abused mentally and physically by his father. Once he got sexually abused by one of his father's colleagues/friends and he felt as if he couldn't tell his father because he knew he would get blamed and abused. Gacy regularly performed at children’s hospitals and charitable events as “pogo the clown” or “patches the clown”. According to Gacy, he committed his murders inside his ranch house. Typically, he would lure a victim to his home and he would handcuff on a pretext of demonstrating a magic trick, then rape and torture them before killing them by either asphyxiation or strangulation. All of his victims were young teenage boys, typically ones who worked with him in the KFC industry. His convection for thirty-three known

Gacy was sentenced to death on march 13, 1980 and until then he spent his time painting creepy images. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994, which got a lot of positive reactions from society.


I know you're wondering how these 2 different men could be similar but they have more in common than you might think. One of the similarities is that they both had an unpleasant youth. Even though Bundy was never physically abused he claims that his childhood was never bright as he did get into a lot of trouble in his teen years. Unpleasant youths are usually something common among serial killers as what they experience as kids may have an effect on their actions growing up. Surprisingly Ted and John both shared the same victim target which was young people even though they were older individuals. Gacy buried people on his property, unlike Bundy who would find different public places to bury his victims. To add to that when a murderer commits a crime they usually don't work alone but Bundy and Gacy both claim that no one knew about their horrific crimes.


Something I found intimidating about these men is that Bundy was doing anything in his power to get out of death row, unlike Gacy who accepted his fate. Bundy was willing to give information about his crimes to help him get a lesser sentence and Gacy just stayed in prison drawing creepy images until he met his fate. Both Bundy and Gacy were manipulative and had a way of talking. They both could easily manipulate people to do what they wanted without sounding like they could harm that person. Both of their victims were young people as they can easily be manipulated and easier as a target. Gacy was claimed to have some sort of complications in his brain which people say can somewhat justify what he did but Bundy was perfectly fine in terms of health. Bundy also had far more victims than Gacy which was odd as Gacy had more problems as a youth. Both Ted and Bundy were also executed in different ways, Ted was executed by electric chair and Gacy was executed by lethal injection.

In conclusion, there's nothing to justify what the 2 men did in the past but now that we have a better understanding and technology hopefully nothing like this will ever happen again.

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