Summary: Be mindful of how we treat others
Armed and Extremely Dangerous
A serial killer is someone who murders three or more people in three or more separate events over a period of time. Many serial killers suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder and usually not psychosis, and thus appear to be quite normal and often even charming, a state of adaptation which Hervey Cleckley calls the "mask of sanity." There is sometimes a sexual element to the murders. The murders may have been completed/attempted in a similar fashion and the victims may have had something in common, for example occupation, race, sex, etc. But in most cases they are considered armed and dangerous.
Although the terms "serial killer" and "mass murderer" are often used synonymously, criminologists distinguish the two. The following distinctions are commonly made:
A serial killer is one who commits a number of murders over a long period of time, with the killings separated by often-long periods of apparent normalcy.
A mass murderer, on the other hand, is an individual who kills several people in a single event.
A spree killer kills in a series of closely connected events.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics defines a serial killing as: "[involving] the killing of several victims in three or more separate events.” This definition is especially close to that of a spree killer, and perhaps the primary difference between the two is that a serial killer tends to "lure" victims to their death, whereas a spree killer tends to go "hunting."
Serial killers are often acting on extreme sadistic urges and are often classified as sociopath, lacking any ability to empathize with the suffering of others.
But really, either, or, or all of the above, the common denominator is armed and dangerous.
Understanding the facts behind what a serial or mass murderer or spree killer is allows us to grasp the concept of how it can cause the same disastrous results in the body of Christ. The book of Proverbs gives us instruction on how to achieve a prosperous life as an individual, and how to assist others to prosper. When we remove the pertinent steps indicated in the word, we have found these past few weeks that it is detrimental to our personal spirit man, as well as to those we come in contact with. We spoke about being a Suicidal Saint, comparing it to that of those on the Titanic. Whereas many of the people because of their lack of trust and belief in the proper authorities, their lack of knowledge and understanding about what was going on, and their disobedience they in essence committed suicide. Last week we talked about Homicidal Saints, those who are much like those in slasher movies using the tongue as the weapon, causing gaping wounds that cause others to perish. Not only murdering, but also killing with extensive pain and anguish, causing the highest amount of agony possible. This week as you see we are concluding with serial killer or multiple killer saints. Those who kill repeatedly with specifics on who they will kill based on what they perceive.
We first of all need to understand that those who participate in these type actions, in most cases suffer from the inability of doing what God has commanded us to do. We recite the second and greatest command each Sunday, sometimes with gusto, and sometime haphazardly, but my prayer is after today, we will evaluate this command daily and make it a part of our daily prayer to prohibit us from falling into the trap of the enemy whose desire is for us to become oblivious to the will of God, and instead cling to our own selfish desires. “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” The reason a serial killer cannot love others is because they have not learned how to love themselves. The reason why they cannot love themselves, because they really for whatever reason don’t like who they are. Many serial killers according to statistics have been abused, misused, badgered, slandered, by those who should have protected them and kept them safe. Many serial killers go after those people who have the qualities they feel they lack or they feel are as useless as they have been told they are. Some even go after those who fit the same qualities as their abusers, because they can’t ever stand up to the abuser, those whom they kill serve as the proxy. But in all scenerios the one thing that labels them as “killer” is the fact that they take the life of another, so if we comprehend nothing else, understand that they are armed and dangerous.
Many serial killers have trade-marks or gimmicks so to speak. So sliced with knives, some strangled, some left playing cards, some position the victims in specific ways. There are some that kill according to race, others according to gender, and some based on age. Some killed for recognition, others killed for power, all killed to fulfill an emptiness or void. And all were armed and dangerous.