In the eerie underbelly of criminal psychology, some serial killers develop a macabre habit of keeping trophies from their victims. These chilling mementos, often chosen with sinister intent, serve various purposes in the disturbed minds of these criminals.
- Sick Souvenirs: For many serial killers, these trophies are sick souvenirs, a reminder of their gruesome conquests. Whether it’s a lock of hair, a piece of clothing, or something more gruesome like body parts, these items represent a twisted connection to their victims. Each trophy serves as a permanent link to the individuals they’ve harmed or killed.
- Power and Control: One of the driving factors behind this behaviour is the need for power and control. Collecting trophies allows serial killers to relive the feeling of dominance they experienced during their crimes. It’s a way of exerting authority even after the murder is committed, keeping the memory fresh and the feeling of control intact.
- Compulsion: Some serial killers suffer from compulsive disorders that drive them to hoard. They collect trophies almost as if it’s beyond their control. This compulsion can lead them to amass a morbid collection, which serves as a manifestation of their inner demons.
- Trophies as Trophies: In the eyes of these murderers, these trophies are like hunting trophies, commemorating their “success” as predators. They keep these tokens to remind themselves of their supposed superiority and to relish the feeling of being a successful, dominant predator.
- Recollection and Fantasy: Serial killers may use these trophies to reconstruct and fantasize about their crimes. By having a physical reminder, they can revisit their dark acts mentally, increasing their sense of satisfaction and satisfaction.
- Cat and Mouse Game: Some serial killers enjoy playing a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities and the public. They leave clues or evidence behind in the form of these trophies, taunting investigators and intensifying the fear and intrigue surrounding their crimes.
- Manipulation of Victims’ Families: In some instances, these trophies can be used as a means of manipulating the families of victims. Killers may send photographs of these items or make cryptic references in an attempt to torment the grieving loved ones further.
- Collecting for Future Crimes: Serial killers who continue to kill may keep trophies to satisfy their escalating desires for violence. These trophies serve as a grim record of their criminal history and potential future crimes.
The sinister practice of keeping trophies is a stark illustration of the deep-seated psychopathology that drives serial killers. The items they take from their victims, each with its own disturbing significance, serve as a window into their twisted minds. To the rest of the world, these trophies are a chilling testament to the darkness that lurks in the depths of human nature.
-Michael Forman (Author of SEETHINGS)
Five women’s bodies are discovered after the nights of thunderstorms. Their spouses are suspected of the crimes, but it becomes clear that someone else is responsible. There’s no blood and few clues. A storm photographer specialising in taking lightning pictures may be the only witness.
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