Dexter – America’s favorite serial killer. Dexter Morgan, the main character on Showtime’s hit TV show Dexter, kills by a moral code. Only killing bad guys who have slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system. However, Dexter is also a family man and develops loving relationships with family and friends. A true divide of character – a regular guy vs. a serial killer. Though under a moral code, Dexter enjoys killing. The ability to truly keep his two lives, urges and emotions separate…..Could a serial killer like Dexter really exist?
Experts say – “Yes.” Serial killers are often regular family men. “Serial killers often have families and homes, are gainfully employed and appear to be normal members of the community.” Michael Newton, author of The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, also said “They go through the motions, just like any other ‘normal’ person…..Some of these men have been married more than Elizabeth Taylor, and it never sticks because they can’t sustain any kind of relationship.”
Also known as “The Green River” killer. Ridgeway was convicted of killing over 48 women in Seattle, Washington in the 1980′s and 1990′s. Ridgeway was married and had a son upon the time of his arrest in 2001. One particular incident in July 1982, Ridgeway brought his son Matthew along for the ride. Ridgeway killed a woman in some woods nearby and returned to his son in the car. What if his son had been a witness? Would Ridgeway have been able to control his urges and not kill him too?
Robert Lee Yates
Married for 26 years, 5 children, church goer – serial killer. Yates was convicted of killing over 16 women in Spokane, Washington in 2000. His wife Linda Yates didn’t know – neither did his children. Everyone always said Yates was such a nice and loving husband and father. “Yates was different things to different people. A stand-up guy, say his high-school friends. A heck of a teacher, say Army subordinates. A family guy. A single parent. A john. Meticulous. Religious.” – The Seattle Times. Yates wife had no idea – “In retrospect, Linda Yates told NBC’s “Dateline” last year, there were clues — for instance, who goes on a “hunting trip” wearing cologne, as her husband once said he was doing? But, she said, ‘He always had answers to everything. Already prepared in his mind, I think.’ ”
Also known as the “BTK Killer.” Rader was convicted in 2005 of killing over 10 women in Wichita, Kansas between 1974-1991. Dennis married his wife Paula in 1971 and together they had two children. Furthermore, their two children were conceived in between some of Rader’s most gruesome killings. Separating his family life from his serial killer life. “With Paula he fathered two children, now adults, who were conceived literally in between horrible murders. He had the ability to compartmentalize, to cut off the evil side from the apparently normal side and vice versa. He could kill and then go on like nothing had happened at all.” – via Blog Critics.
So – do you think a serial killer like Dexter could really exist? Why? or Why not?