Why Do Most Serial Killers Wet The Bed
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Why Do Most Serial Killers Wet The Bed
Our interest in serial killers is easily explained, according to Time. True crime stories can reportedly cause an influx of adrenaline in the viewer or reader, a sort of fearful fascination in these awful incidents. Beyond this, though, we're also desperate to try to understand what drives people to commit the worst of acts.
The Child Psychology Service reports that youthful bedwetting (or enuresis) needn't be indicative of a problem in and of itself. There are a variety of factors at play: the frequency of wetting, the age of the child, and whether the incidents are primary (occur before a child is fully toilet-trained) or secondary (after a child is toilet-trained) must be considered. However, the potential underlying causes are what lead to the serial killer connection.
The Child Psychology Service also states that there's a possible link between urinating in the bed and childhood trauma. Children who have tragically been neglected, for instance, may have been left in soiled diapers. Others may have been punished for having an accident or otherwise not received the care, attention, and encouragement required to master the bathroom. Insecurity, anxiety, and trauma such as this characterize the Macdonald Triad, a list of three traits that supposedly suggest that somebody may become a serial killer.
As Psychology Today reports, the so-called Triad of Evil has a lot of detractors for its limitations (lacking depth and small sample sizes). Still, it has been very influential in spreading the story that serial killers often wet the bed as children.
It's interesting to consider what makes a serial killer, and whether or not they show early warning signs as kids. In many cases, "serial killers show traits of psychopathy, or what clinicians term Antisocial Personality, when young (before the age of 18)," Dr. Judy Ho, a clinical and forensic psychologist, tells Bustle. And there does seem to be a connection between sociopathy and serial killers. But that doesn't mean all serial killers have a mental health issue, or that all people with antisocial personalities will be serial killers.
"It appears that serial killers may have certain biological predispositions," Dr. Ho says. "For example, we find that many of them have very low brain reactivity, so that they are very difficult to stimulate, which may partially explain their thrill-seeking behavior in order just to feel a little something."
Many kids try to get away with things by lying. So all on its own, this is definitely not a sign someone will grow up to be a serial killer. But when the lying is excessive, it can be a sign of psychopathy.
Many serial killers display a lack of remorse as kids when it comes to hurting animals. For example, Dahmer was known to dissect dead animals he found in the woods, and even dismembered his own dog. And he wasn't alone.
This is one habit that's common among many serial killers, and is due to a lack of empathy plus a desire for control. And, Dr. Cara Tucker, psychologist and forensics specialist, tells Bustle, it can spiral out of control from there. "A thought like 'let me dismember an ant' starts small and may seem harmless, but for the development of a psychopath, depending on what raises their cortisol levels and adrenaline is different for each 'MO' of a killer," she says.
It doesn't take much for a serial killer to go from killing bugs, to killing cats, to killing people. "I have worked with a couple of serial killers and they are smart," Dr. Tucker says. "They can be charming and master manipulators and this is how they become good at what they do... And it's true they objectify their victims."
Many experts point to the MacDonald Triad as a set of guidelines often used by forensic practitioners to analyze the likelihood that someone may be a serial killer. While the jury is still out as to whether or not it's accurate, these three traits of the Triad include fire setting, cruelty to animals, an