why do you think serial killers/murderers are often described as "loners" in news articles?
Posted 10/7/14 , edited 10/7/14
context: just read a news article about a husband killing his wife for no reason. as I read further along, I noticed his "friends" described him as "quiet, shy and a loner"...

this stood out to me as it was not the first time I've read such descriptions regarding a killer. I've read it many times before, whether it was a serial killer, school shooters etc... they've all been described as "lonely, friendless and/or quiet".


Which made me wonder... why do they like to describe those killers as "quiet"? but never as "Happy, extroverted"?

Does this world have something against quiet people? Am sure there are killers out there with extroverted personalities :-/

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What's your opinion? why do you think serial killers/murderers are often described as "loners" in news articles? (And do you have any articles on a killer where the friends/family/psychiatrist describe the killer as extroverted? Link them if possible)
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Serial killers are usually insane which means they follow a logic that is foreign to the rest of the world and thusly will not be able to interact with people as well as you and me.
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As an ex-introvert (I'm probably still introverted but it's to a much lesser degree than when I was in high school) I can see why an introvert would want to do it. It's either distrust of the outside (which often is due to bullying) or dislike of the outside or something like that. Living life hating life either leads to 2 things - suicide or revenge. Most pick suicide but, because we're so discouraged from it, some people aren't going to choose that option. People who are filled with anger rather than sadness may choose to kill everybody who harmed them or possibly more depending on who they blame. Either way, those who choose either will consider that they have nothing to lose. Introverts are likely to kill more, and with more planning, because of that. While society does have something against the quiet types that does cause us to be filled with hatred sometimes - I'd still say that we are dangerous if we can't handle that and that itself is the reason we are introverted. I've considered suicide before but I quickly noticed that I'd rather die than kill somebody. However at points I was willing to let somebody die - which is a dangerous frame of mind to be in. I'm glad I'm out of it.

The happy extroverted types tend to only commit one murder and therefor they don't get labelled as extroverted. It tends to be a peak of emotion that ends up in them killing something - which is common. Afterwards they tend to regret it or run.

I'm sure that happy extroverted people kill more people a day in the world but introverts are more likely to kill multiple people before dying themselves, getting killed or getting arrested.
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I don't think I've seen anyone described as happy, extroverted.

Mabe it to cover a lack of information on his character or it could have been that in the days leading up the act, he was not in a happy frame of mind.
Seems like poor form to throw unrelated pieces into an article.
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Posted 10/7/14
I would imagine that a psychopath would have a hard time making friends.
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Honestly, NO ONE knows the slightest bit of ANYTHING about ANY of those type of Criminals. There can be all the discussion and guesses made, but when it comes down to it, these People are absolute without explanation.
Posted 10/8/14

aListers wrote:


Personally believe a lot of people are prone to revenge or self-harm, though, regardless of their personality types. Especially if they've been keeping it bottled up, instead of letting that anger out instantly.



Sir_jamesalot wrote:



that last line is spot on in terms of how i feel about this issue.


QuietlyLoud wrote:

I would imagine that a psychopath would have a hard time making friends.


While that is true. i'm just talking about killers in general, for example, the mafias are sociable people... and they might kill. or gang rapists... that act in group.

Yet these types of perpetrators are never described as "sociable/extroverted".

I guess my point is... why the negative connotation to quiet personality types when they have nothing to do with a person's desire to kill?


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

Honestly, NO ONE knows the slightest bit of ANYTHING about ANY of those type of Criminals. There can be all the discussion and guesses made, but when it comes down to it, these People are absolute without explanation.



what do you personally believe?
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Posted 10/8/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:


aListers wrote:


Personally believe a lot of people are prone to revenge or self-harm, though, regardless of their personality types. Especially if they've been keeping it bottled up, instead of letting that anger out instantly.



Sir_jamesalot wrote:



that last line is spot on in terms of how i feel about this issue.


QuietlyLoud wrote:

I would imagine that a psychopath would have a hard time making friends.


While that is true. i'm just talking about killers in general, for example, the mafias are sociable people... and they might kill. or gang rapists... that act in group.

Yet these types of perpetrators are never described as "sociable/extroverted".

I guess my point is... why the negative connotation to quiet personality types when they have nothing to do with a person's desire to kill?


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

Honestly, NO ONE knows the slightest bit of ANYTHING about ANY of those type of Criminals. There can be all the discussion and guesses made, but when it comes down to it, these People are absolute without explanation.



what do you personally believe?


They have their OWN sets or rules and regulations. Have You heard of Robert Ressler and Robert Keppel? Those 2 Men probably know more about the Classification of Serial Killers, AND the individuals Themselves, than any Others that I can readily think of. Check them Out.
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