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So - do you think that Ted was abused during childhood, or that sociopathy was inherent? It is quite possible to become a serial killer with no tangible history of abuse; for example, Jeffery Dahmer had a relatively normal childhood. What do you think?

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Date:July 4th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
i personally don't think he was abused. we all know the story of his grandfather and how a mean old bastard he was, and i do think ted witnessed some cruelty to other people and pets/animals by his grandfather to some extent but that's not really abuse.
his personality as a young adult was extremely anti-social and i think he felt persecuted in a way by other kids, didn't know how to interact. not knowing how to behave normally is a sign of nurturing problems or deficiencies but i also believe it was part of his personality.
i'm just rambling and my brains not realy working 100% tonight. hope it made some sense :)
Date:July 7th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)

luv it

jen joe..LUV the Frank n' Furter/Tim Curry pic!
Date:July 4th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)

I often wonder...

How the confusion with his sister actually turning out to be his mother may have affected him...?

Bundy's case is an odd one; I remember reading somewhere that Ted, when he was rather young, placed knives in his aunt's (I think) bed as she slept. And this was before he was a pre-teen! This makes me consider the idea that the stress his mother may have been going through during pregnancy perhaps made an impression on him before he was even born. I remember hearing that Dahmer's birth was also traumatic, especially for his mother.

So, I think in some cases, their sociopathic personalities could partially be inherent and then could have become exacerbated by other external factors, not necessarily abuse... perhaps neglect though, to a certain degree.

Interesting post!
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Date:July 5th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
A combination of finding out his "mother and father" were his grandmother and grandfather and his "sister" was his mother and Stephanie breaking his heart turned a confident and outgoing Ted into a sullen and brooding Ted. I think he "learnt" how to be sociopathic during this time.. keeping a mask of sanity so no one knew his true desires.
Date:July 7th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)


love the bundy community (note my board name lol!).

well in answer to your question...i agree that despite what kind of childhood one may have, one can still end up as Jeff Dahmer, Ted Bundy or Richard Ramirez. I think it has more to do with something missing in the physical make up in the brain - now having said that - i think it DOES matter what environment you're raised in........its possible to avoid being a killer if you're in an environment that doesn't help the psychosis to grow. I think personally Richard Ramirez could have been spared being a killer. I won't go into what i think got him there.....but he should have gotten LIFE not DEATH. Ted Bundy and Jeff Dahmer were not at all salvagable.
Date:November 28th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)

Are sociopaths born or made?

Interesting question. Did the chicken smash the egg or eat it?

Another thought...would it be useful to set up a web/blog site such as this as a possible "sting operation?" That is...are people attracted to a site such as this all ... normal...all perfectly safe? They may be...I don't know.
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