I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
- Out of Bounds
Re: the theory discussed by Yith and others about a "spike" in serial killers in the 80s being due to them being raised by traumatised WW2 veterans, wouldn't that also imply an approximate "50s/60s spike" due to that generation being raised by traumatised WW1 vets? Or did it get compounded in aftermath of WW2, where a generation raised by those traumatised by one war who had also been been raised by those traumatised by the previous one?
One thing to bear in mind ... If sons of traumatized WW1 vets were old enough to relive their fathers' traumas in WW2, some portion of them didn't live to reproduce.
Personally, I think it's far more likely that any such 1980's-era spike resulted from psychological / personal damage left over from the turbulent 1960's and 1970's. During that period there was widespread encouragement to abandon mainstream cultural mores / values and set off to liberate oneself. Many tried, only to end up never making it past a period of undifferentiated libertinism that left them scarred or twisted.