A personality disorder is a behavioral pattern that deviates from what is regarded as normal and causes the individual emotional upsets and problems in relationship with others and he or she cannot change it. This kind of behavior is not caused by a drug, illness or an injury to the head. DSMIV has classified several disorders and the number of them is almost a dozen patterns of behavior (Tyler, & Shefner, (2011).
In human history, there have emerged from time to time individuals whose behavior patterns are conducive for being regarded as personality disorder. These individuals may consist of famous and people to be emulated and others who have committed gruesome activities and therefore infamous people. Some of these infamous individuals are murderous people who engage in serial killing, rape and cannibalism. An example of this individual is Ed Gein who is an American serial killer between the 1940s and the 1960s (Hassan, 2008).
Serial killers are hard to spot in the crowd since their appearance is similar to others. Surprisingly, they are soft spoken and polite more than normal people and the murderous nature is revealed after an investigation into their personality, habits and actions more deeply. Most of them come from a family with a dysfunctional setting or faced child abuse either in a sexual, verbal or emotional sense. This in effect may trigger a psychological error in their brains making them susceptible to their inadequate or worthless feelings and so they engage in such monstrous activities.
The story of Ed Gein is a shocking one and so he is history inspirational murderer in America and his character of behavior patterns have been featured in many films such as Psycho or The Silence of the Lambs (Hassan, 2008). His serial killing activities revealed that he would skin his victims and make decorations of his home with the bodies of his victims. He would exhume corpses and the skin he removed from victims would make furniture, clothes and other household items. These are among his abnormal monstrous activities.
Ed was born in 1906 as the younger to his brother. His father was weak in alcoholism whereas his mother was deeply religious whom he was deeply attached to. His mother taught the family against immorality, sex, and women and was against sexual desires. Following the teachings from his mother he became a shy person as well as effeminate. Later on his dad died while his brother who was critical of his unusual attachment to his mother was killed in a fire which was termed as mysterious and he was suspected.
Ed had several sexual and female anatomy fantasies especially after the passing away of his mother. The fascinations were also inspired by the Nazi camps human experiments and so he started exhuming bodies from graves including his mother’s body. To satisfy his fascinations he turned cannibalistic and murderous and desired to become female and so he would make breasts out of human flesh. To sustain the supply he would kill for fresh body parts and he explained was because of his mother’s relationship to him which can be described as one of hate and love.
When he was finally apprehended by the police his house was full of corpses hanging from their throats, skull bowls, dismembered bodies, jewelry from human parts and masks made from body parts as well as vulva that were silver painted including his mother’s. His mother heart was also found on the stove in a pan was the discovery that shocked many. He had murdered 15 women since they had power over him than men. He finally died of cancer at the age of 78 (Hassan, 2008).
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