Donald Henry Gaskins had a complicated family history
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.