So.. I knew you could find all sorts of things on craig’s list such as computers, flat screens… hookers, prostitutes and the like. I did not, however, realize that you could find a murderer on craig’s list. For those of you who live under a rock and haven’t watched the news, there was evidently a “Craig’s List killer” who was answering to ads on there and then killing whoever he met. The first “victim” wasn’t killed and managed to get away. The following ones were not so lucky. Normally I wouldn’t write about something like this…wait. Who am I kidding? Casey Anthony obsession much? The reason I decided to though was because it’s such a controversial topic.
For one, he’s not convicted yet. So even assuming he’s innocent until proven guilty, people are already labeling him a killer and even going so far as to harassing both him and his fiance on their engagement website. He’s a 22 year old med student in Boston.. who is from Upstate NY. Does that ring a bell?… Yes, I am from there. He also attended a college that 85% of people from my high school attended/are attending. My first tickled thought was that he may have went to my high school but he didn’t. Fortunately I do not recognize the name.
Everyone is going “OH MY GOD! HE’S BLONDE! AND A MED STUDENT! AND SO POLITE! HE JUST CAN’T BE A MURDERER!!!”
… really people? just because he’s blonde and happens to have book smarts, he’s not a killer? Does he have to be grungy, rude, and swear to steal your first born child in order to fit the stereotype? Have any of you ever heard of Ted Bundy? Jeffrey Dahmer? If I recall correctly, they were the epitome of clean cut and polite. Charming. Charismatic. In fact, I don’t even get why people are SOOOO shocked that he might possibly be a murderer. Also, seeing as about 21.2% of medical students suffer from depression [about 1 in every 5], does it really surprise you that somebody who was found to have a gambling problem on top of the stress of medical school would reach out to do something as extreme as murder? Stress makes people do unheard of things. If anything, he seems more and more a likely candidate in my mind just looking at the psychological stress he was possibly under.
[side note: it's 1:04 and this is the third night in a row that I've heard really LOUD chirping birds outside. Strange. Very strange.]
I just don’t understand why people feel as if somebody who appears a certain way could not fit the stereotype of a “killer”. Honestly, I think somebody who was more charismatic and charming would be more likely to be a murderer. Sociopaths live to deceive, intentionally and unintentionally, and therefore need some amount of trust from everybody they interact with. Sociopaths are actually perceived to be extremely trustworthy. It’s what they’re good at. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not pushing the assumption that all sociopaths are murderers, and all murderers are sociopaths; that isn’t true. However given that there is a high percentage of murderers that ARE sociopaths, it only makes sense to match the personality traits. I guess this just proves one of those theories about not stereotyping. Even though stereotypes DO arrive from somewhere (read: past clean-cut charming serial killers that everyone seems to forget because they aren’t typical… even though they really ARE).