Monsters are real…

 I have taken relevent quotes and sections of articles i found on the net that relate to my work mainly that of serial killers.

“…Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” – Stephen King

‘Where does this urge come from, and why is so powerful? If we all experienced this urge, would we be able to resist?’

‘Is it genetic, hormonal, biological, or cultural conditioning? Do serial killers have any control over their desires? We all experience rage and inappropriate sexual instincts, yet we have some sort of internal cage that keeps our inner monsters locked up. Call it morality or social programming; these internal blockades have long since been trampled down in the psychopathic killer. Not only have they let loose the monster within, they are virtual slaves to its beastly appetites. What sets them apart?’ –http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/tick/victims_1.html

“There’s a parallel between art and murder,” he said. “They are both a quest for aestheticism, and they both give me strange godlike feelings. Art is creation and murder is annihilation. I have mastered both these tools.” He thought this was the reason why so many other killers turn to art during incarceration: The urge to create compensates for the urge to destroy. “Creation and destruction delivered by the same hands.” – Nicolas Claux via Trutv.com

‘Many people who see such pieces as part of an art exhibit call it tasteless, sensationalistic, obscene, and exploitive. They say it poisons the memory of the victims and that it’s a sign of a culture in spiritual decline. “What people have found so reprehensible about art produced by serial killers,” says Harold Schechter, “is not the subject matter itself What inspires such widespread disgust is the mere notion that convicted lustkillers are allowed to be treated like minor celebrities and enjoy the ego gratification of having their work put on display.” Be that as it may, Schechter himself points out that collecting items that killers have touched or owned has a sort of talisman effect. From John Dillinger’s blood to dirt from Ed Gein’s grave to Ted Bundy’s Volkswagon, there will always be an audience for items associated with violent death, and that includes artifacts created by the killers themselves.’ – Trutv

‘For those offenders who engage in this activity, art can serve many purposes, such as:

  • an expression of anger
  • a need to relive the violence
  • a continued attack on society
  • a way to relieve or externalize inner conflicts
  • a way to explore feelings that can’t be easily verbalize
  • a joke against society—making money off the same victims that they enjoyed killing
  • shock value
  • exploration of other forms of personal expression
  • enjoyment or the easing of boredom
  • redemption/spiritual exercise

Lustmord, a book about the writings of lust killers, begins with a quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to the effect that while people may find poems and short stories by murderers reprehensible, especially if those expressions are self-serving excuses or just a way to keep the violence alive, one ought not to limit what may be regarded as art.’

‘In Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche says, “One is limiting art much too severely when one demands that only the composed soul, suspended in moral balance, may express itself there. …there is in music and poetry the art of the ugly soul…and in achieving art’s mightiest efforts—breaking souls, moving stones, and humanizing animals—perhaps that very art has been most successful.” http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/criminal_mind/psychology/serial_killer_art/5.html

‘Are Serial Killers Truly the 20th Century Bogeymen?

Is it our modern times that creates them, or have they been in operation before we classified them as a phenomenon? Although the term “serial killer” was coined in 1971, early fables of human/monsters reveals that there has always been danger in straying too far, or in accepting the help of strangers. The carnivorous characters in Grimm’s Fairy tales become vivid metaphors of human bloodlust. Gruesome stories of Bluebeards and their bloody chambers, big bad wolves, trolls under the bridge and witches in the forest, all of whom make meals out of unsuspecting innocents, remind us of our contemporary monsters. These cautionary tales may represent an early, pre-psychological way of understanding the sadistic side of human nature.’ – http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/tick/tree_2.html


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