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Old 12-12-2012, 06:10 AM
 
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Which serial killers/mass murderers (or even single high profile murderers) do you feel some sympathy for (even if you might simultaneously still revile them) because of say, having a rough childhood or other mitigating circumstances? Of course it doesn't mean you think any less of the crime, but who, if any, of them do you feel somewhat sorry for?

I'd have to say Aileen Wuornos and Charlie Manson are too that come to mind. I still don't think their childhoods make them less responsible, but I can see how it could have warped their minds. Wuornos was abused by her grandparents, who she thought were her parents (sorry, by her grandfather really), and was performing sexual favours for money (because of simple lack of food etc), food.etc from the age of 10. She was also a social outcast. Manson never had any sort of home life, his mother apparently tried to trade him for a pitcher of beer (in some accounts she's a prostitute).

Of course there are millions who are in the same situation as these two who don't go around killing people, but it does make me feel at least a bit more sympathetic than say Ted Bundy.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:17 AM
 
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Maybe Aileen Wuornos, who had an awful lot of anger built up inside and a family history of mental illness. I don't think she was killing for fun. Manson is just batsh!t crazy.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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None..I have no sympathy for anyone who willfully and violently takes another's life.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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None.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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All of them. When a person decides to kill another human being they are for all intent dead inside. The walking dead killing the living. It 's pitiful. Imagine waking up in the morning and remembering that you killed someone - I would say no matter how tough you imagine yourself to be - or how justified you might think the act was....You KNOW deep inside that you are a total loser at life- an utter failure..and have made yourself worthless in the eyes of man and God...Not much of a life after you have stolen the life of another. That is the price you pay for murder. Once you have killed you have in effect taken your own life- YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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That is not always the case;take Ted Bundy for example. he actaully felt superior to others. Its not uncommo for mnay to be sociopath and regrad toehrs just as you do to a fly;you swat it with no regard for a fly.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:23 PM
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Acknowledging their circumstances, if a horrid upbringing, is one thing, but sympathy for the deed, not really. Maybe sympathy for someone who kills a pedophile, well and a congratulations!
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Sympathy only for the ones who kill internet trolls.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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Which serial killers/mass murderers (or even single high profile murderers) do you feel some sympathy for (even if you might simultaneously still revile them) because of say, having a rough childhood or other mitigating circumstances? Of course it doesn't mean you think any less of the crime, but who, if any, of them do you feel somewhat sorry for?

I'd have to say Aileen Wuornos and Charlie Manson are too that come to mind. I still don't think their childhoods make them less responsible, but I can see how it could have warped their minds. Wuornos was abused by her grandparents, who she thought were her parents (sorry, by her grandfather really), and was performing sexual favours for money (because of simple lack of food etc), food.etc from the age of 10. She was also a social outcast. Manson never had any sort of home life, his mother apparently tried to trade him for a pitcher of beer (in some accounts she's a prostitute).

Of course there are millions who are in the same situation as these two who don't go around killing people, but it does make me feel at least a bit more sympathetic than say Ted Bundy.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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the little itty bitty ones, say what you want about their rephehensible ways, one can't deny that they're so darn cute with their tiny little hatchets
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