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Does a western culture produce serial killers?
75% of the world`s serial killers are in the US.

England has 28% of Europe`s total.


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15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:17:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have a surprise for you. Most of Europe is considered Western culture. France, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:25:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
"serial killers" are a product of a sick and demented environment
not JUST Westerners
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:25:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Where are those figures from out of curiosity?
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:29:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I suspect that most of the serial killings that occur outside the Western world are going unnoticed. They might actually be encouraged in overpopulated areas like China and India...
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:29:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:25:26 PM bronzebabe wrote:
"serial killers" are a product of a sick and demented environment not JUST Westerners

I have an inkling that it's a product of something besides a general "sick and twisted environment".

Many of America's poor, urban ghettoes provide a "sick and twisted environment" for children, but how often do you see *serial* killers who come from those areas?

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:29:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is only within the last 100-150 years or so that we've been able to connect crimes in that way. There are undoubtedly many serial killers we have no knowledge of because their murders were never connected in that way. Certainly, many serial killers are from the United States and England, but saying that serial killers are produced by Western culture is a stretch.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:32:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:25:35 PM Floor Demon wrote:
Where are those figures from out of curiosity?

It came from my Sexual Deviance and Violence class. I know she gave us a link to where she got her stats from. I'll look for it and post it when I find it.

On 3/29/2007 3:17:39 PM reallybigc wrote:
I have a surprise for you. Most of Europe is considered Western culture. France, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc.

I never said that England was the only western culture in Europe, I did say that they had most of the serial killers in Europe.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:33:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:29:44 PM pepperdrinks wrote:
It is only within the last 100-150 years or so that we've been able to connect crimes in that way. There are undoubtedly many serial killers we have no knowledge of because their murders were never connected in that way. Certainly, many serial killers are from the United States and England, but saying that serial killers are produced by Western culture is a stretch.

I do think that there is a cultural component to what produces serial killers (i.e. it isn't *just* having a bizarre, abusive, or neglectful childhood that makes someone likely to behave in that way).

I'm not averse to the idea that some cultures provide an environment that makes people more likely to be serial killers, but I'm reluctant to say that it's Western culture as a *whole*.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:37:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:33:59 PM melLowStar wrote:
I do think that there is a cultural component to what produces serial killers (i.e. it isn't *just* having a bizarre, abusive, or neglectful childhood that makes someone likely to behave in that way). I'm not averse to the idea that some cultures provide an environment that makes people more likely to be serial killers, but I'm reluctant to say that it's Western culture as a *whole*.

Sometimes it is culture. Sometimes it is childhood. Sometimes it is both. Sometimes it is neither.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:40:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Did they include the Cannibals of New Guinea in those stats?
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:40:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:37:30 PM pepperdrinks wrote:
Sometimes it is culture. Sometimes it is childhood. Sometimes it is both. Sometimes it is neither.

I'm quite aware of that.
I wasn't trying to say that the problem can only be attributed to *one* thing; there are many factors at play.

I was suggesting that culture plays *a* role (i.e. some cultures might provide conditions that are more likely to produce serial killers), not that cultural reasons are ever the *only* reasons.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:45:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:40:55 PM melLowStar wrote:
On 3/29/2007 3:37:30 PM pepperdrinks wrote: Sometimes it is culture. Sometimes it is childhood. Sometimes it is both. Sometimes it is neither. I'm quite aware of that. I wasn't trying to say that the problem can only be attributed to *one* thing; there are many factors at play. I was suggesting that culture plays *a* role (i.e. some cultures might provide conditions that are more likely to produce serial killers), not that cultural reasons are ever the *only* reasons.

I'm just not sure why you were replying to me in the first place. Nothing I said contradicts with what you said and I don't disagree with you.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:47:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:45:16 PM pepperdrinks wrote:
I'm just not sure why you were replying to me in the first place. Nothing I said contradicts with what you said and I don't disagree with you.

It seemed as though you were suggesting that culture (Western or otherwise) doesn't play a role at all.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:49:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:47:29 PM melLowStar wrote:
On 3/29/2007 3:45:16 PM pepperdrinks wrote: I'm just not sure why you were replying to me in the first place. Nothing I said contradicts with what you said and I don't disagree with you. It seemed as though you were suggesting that culture (Western or otherwise) doesn't play a role at all.

Saying that culture itself is what produces serial killers and not a combination of factors is a stretch.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 3:59:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Though presumably things like child abuse etc that have been linked occur in most cultures, as such with those figures it would appear that culture; of which the raising of children is a part, is more than just another contributing factor.

Though obviously, not a sole determinant, or else we'd all be serial killers.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 7:33:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, this is a very very very very very....stupid question
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 7:35:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 7:33:52 PM HellJumpers wrote:
No, this is a very very very very very....stupid question

Very?

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 3/30/07 - 8:48:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I dont think so, I think it is a lack of love or lack of something in that persons life. I don't think that any cultural upbringing is to blame. I do however think that western countries are a little rediculous with the age of marraige and I do think that when they come over here that the same rules apply, but I dont think that when someone says No over and over that, that is any kind of upbringing!
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 3/30/07 - 3:28:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/30/2007 8:48:11 AM leopluraldon wrote:
I do however think that western countries are a little rediculous with the age of marraige and I do think that when they come over here that the same rules apply, but I dont think that when someone says No over and over that, that is any kind of upbringing!

What are you talking about?

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 3/30/07 - 9:26:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/30/2007 8:48:11 AM leopluraldon wrote:
I dont think so, I think it is a lack of love or lack of something in that persons life. I don't think that any cultural upbringing is to blame. I do however think that western countries are a little rediculous with the age of marraige and I do think that when they come over here that the same rules apply, but I dont think that when someone says No over and over that, that is any kind of upbringing!

Honestly, what point are you trying to make.
Oh... and how do people from western countries "come over here", when you are in a western country.

I would say no, its something else or serial killers would be a lot more prevalent in our society than they are.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/31/07 - 12:29:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
All I know is that 100% of serial killers are white.
And 99% of people who "go postal" are also white.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/31/07 - 12:31:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/31/2007 12:29:54 AM PersiaPrince wrote:
All I know is that 100% of serial killers are white. And 99% of people who "go postal" are also white.

That's not true. The DC snipers were black.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/31/07 - 12:54:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
There have been numerous black (and other non-white) serial killers, and arguably, the reason more white workers "go postal" (although probably still not 99%) is that they make up a greater percentage of the white-collar workers to whom we generally apply the term.
The problem with statistics about serial killers is that they are too technical and require criminal investigation. In order to declare a person a serial killer, you have to be able to convict them of several different murders taking place at different times, and techinically, most of the victims have to be unknown to the killer. So unless the killer leaves a calling card, or the national authorities are able to connect evidence, its hard to associate various crimes into a single serial killer pattern.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/31/07 - 12:59:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Only as much as Islamic culture produces suicide bombers.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/31/07 - 6:36:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/29/2007 3:29:20 PM CowDung wrote:
I suspect that most of the serial killings that occur outside the Western world are going unnoticed.

I agree with that part.

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