“Studies show that an estimated 1% of all adult males have psychopathic tendencies, so everyone has likely had contact with a psychopath, possibly without even knowing it.” (Time Life Inside the Criminal Mind Oct. 2014)
They say you can’t escape their bone-chilling stare or misread their antisocial personality. The image of Jack Nicholson with that disturbing grin, looking totally disheveled and pushing his way into the bathroom from The Shinning pops into mind, but not all psychopaths look the same, and some are extremely talented in hiding their true nature.
Remember Ted Bundy, an out-going, good-looking, likable law student/politician. Somehow he hid his killer personality from his victims until they were captured.
Matter of fact, he was only caught because a cop stopped him for speeding. It wasn’t until he was apprehended did he admit to murdering 30 people in seven different states.
And why be sexists about being a psychopath? Lizzie Borden, an American woman, who was tried and acquitted in 1892 for murdering her father and stepmother. She showed her true nature and no one could believe it. No woman would commit murder…Right?
The list of psychopaths goes on like Zodiac Killer, John Dillinger, Pamela Smart, Charles Manson, and Jim Jones. And when Politics and Psychopaths are mixed together Caligula and Adolf Hitler should be added to the list. That deadly combination of P and P are truly bad to its core because now they kill for god, country and their personal pleasure and the law supports it.
Yet, knowing what history has displayed in bloody detail, we can’t get enough of psychopaths. We can’t close the book or turn a blind eye, instead we become curious. We want to know what makes them tick. What pushed them over the edge of insanity or weren’t they hugged enough as children?
Scientists argue it has nothing to do with how they were handled or lack of being handled as a child, but more to do with what’s in their DNA and how their brains are wired. Scientists are trying to lay claim that a person can be predestined to be a psychopath. That sounds like something straight from the movies.
Yet, there is no argument from Hollywood and it’s fascination with Psychopaths either. They are cashing in on our captivation. Here’s their list of 50 Creepiest Movie Psychopaths http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-creepiest-movie-psychopaths/jason-voorhees-friday-the-13th-part-ii-1981
So how do you spot a Psychopath in real life before he/she has the knife in their hand holding it to your throat with that unmistakable freakish grin?
Canadian psychologist Robert D. Hare developed this checklist:
- Glib and superficial charm
- Need for stimulation
- Pathological lying
- Cunning and manipulative
- Lack of remorse
- Poor behavioral controls
- Parasitic lifestyle
- Sexual promiscuity
- Early behavior problems
- Lack of realistic long-term goals
- Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
- Many short-term marital relationships
- Juvenile delinquency
- Revocation of conditional release
- Criminal versatility
(Holly crap, this list reads like a couple of my ex’s personalities)
Now that you know it takes more than an evil eye and a weird personality, keep your list near and try and get a sample of blood and run a DNA test, but most importantly remember to have a
Happy Scary Halloween