Serial Killers: Nature or Nurture?

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Serial Killers: Nature or Nurture?
Serial killers have fascinated people for the past couple of centuries. Serial murderers like Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, and Aileen Wuornos loom large in the public imagination. The FBI definition of serial killer is a person who kills three or more people over a period of time (Morton Section I). But how do serial killers become the criminal deviants that they are? Is it based on their innate nature, or can it all be blamed on the way they were, or were not, nurtured as they were growing up?
The nature versus nurture debate is one that has raged on in the social sciences for centuries. The nature argument is that people are born with innate characteristics that shape their life paths. The nurture...
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