The 1 Thing You Could Have in Common With a Serial Killer

Donald Henry Gaskins had a complicated family history

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Serial killers often have a complex relationship with their families. | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Some of the most notorious serial killers of our time have sketchy family histories; Ted Bundy, Donald Henry Gaskins, and Ed Gein. Even the fictional, “constructive” killer Dexter Morgan from Showtime’s Dexter was abandoned by his mother at age 3. This complicated history, often a result of neglectful parenting and divisive family structure, can contribute to a serial killer’s actions.

The tendencies of a serial killer can be transmitted generationally as a result of poor parenting, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service found.

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