7 Serial Killers Who Suffered From Mental Illness People
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7 Serial Killers Who Suffered From Mental Illness

List of serial killers who have suffered from mental illness, from schizophrenia to borderline personality disorder. Psychologists have spent decades studying the brains of known serial killers in an attempt to discover what makes them tick. Are serial killers built just like the rest of us or are their brains wired differently, causing them to become vicious, unrepentant killers? Many serial killers suffer from anti-social personality disorder (APD) which does not usually have a clinical diagnosis. APD allows a killer to easily manipulate and charm people without the burden of empathy. However, some serial killers suffer from deeper mental disorders, which affect their ability to tell right from wrong.


When a serial killer is diagnosed with a mental illness such as paranoid schizophrenia, it puts into question whether they can stand trial to face justice. For this reason, many killers go undiagnosed until after their trial, if at all. Although many killers claim to be crazy to get out of being executed, very few are actually diagnosed with a mental disorder.


This list features serial killers who have suffered from some sort of mental illness. These killers often killed because of their disorder.

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    David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam was responsible for a crime spree from 1976-1977 that saw him take the lives of 6 people. After he was caught, Berkowitz claimed that his neighbor's dog told him to kill. He was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. 

    Born: 1953
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    David Berkowitz - The Son of Sam : see more

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