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

Charles Manson was a victim of child abuse

A sad child clings to his mother.

Many serial killers have this in common. | Tatyana Tomsickova/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Abuse takes many forms; physical, verbal, and psychological. The emotional damage children of abuse carry with them is a significant factor that contributes to their violent behavior as an adult, according to FBI research on the subject.

A Radford University study reported that, “over 40% of the [serial] murderers reported being physically beaten and abused in their childhoods” whether by neglect, emotional trauma, or sexual misconduct. The Crime Museum found that this abuse often perpetuates humiliation and helplessness. These children may grow up with the motivation to instill these feelings in their victims.

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