The Co-ed Killer

Sociopaths vs. Psychopaths
Tremeka Claxton
April 7, 2017
General Psychology

In today's society, w e hear many people use the words sociopath and psychopath , without fully understanding or knowing the meaning of each term. It is important for one to be able to distinguish between a sociopath and psychopath, and understand the similari ti es and differences between the two. Psychopathy and sociopathy are both labeled as an antisocial personality disorder . The symptoms of this disorder include: regularly breaking the law, constantly lying or deceiving others, little regard for the safety of oth ers, and do esn't feel remorse or guilt . In both cases, some signs or sym ptoms are nearly always present before age 15. Both types of personality disorders have a disregard for the safety a nd rights of others. Both disorders tend to use manipulation as a means to get what they want. Contrary to popu lar belief, psychopath s and sociopath s are not necessarily violent , and sometimes live normal lives . Nonetheless, there are many similarit ies between the two, but there are several differences as well.
Sociopaths tend to be more impulsive and unpredictable in their behavior than their psychopath counterparts. While also having difficulties in forming attachments to others, some sociopaths may be able to form an attachment with someone with a similar personality . Unlike psychopaths, most sociopaths don't hold long-term jobs or present a normal family life. Sociopaths sometimes appear to be very disturbed. When sociopaths engage in criminal activity, they tend to do so in a reckless manner without regard to consequences. While so ciopaths are generally capabl e of empathy and guilt, it is usually overpowered by their impulsivity and erratic behavior. Researchers tend to believe that sociopathy is the result of environmental fa ctors, such as the upbringing of a child, in a negative household , physical abuse, emotional abuse, or childhood trauma.
Unlike sociopaths, psychopaths are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, even though they often have charming personalities. Psychopaths are very ma nipulative and can easily gain a person's trust. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. S ome are so good at manipulation, that their families and those around them never suspect their true nature. When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlik e their sociopaths, psychopaths are cool, calm, and thorough . Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Psychopaths also have no conscience , so they do not feel guilt. Researchers believe tha t psychopaths tends to be born and their behavior is genetic. However, like their counterparts, psychopaths can suffer from childhood trauma, which can result in their psychopathic behavior. Many believe that ps ychopathy might be related to physiological brain differences. Research has shown psychopaths have underdeveloped components of the brain commonly thought to be responsible for emotion regulation and impulse control.
The Co-ed Killer
Edmund Kemper III, born on December 18, 1948, was an American serial killer who was active in the early 1970s. At an early age, Kemper experienced mental and physical abuse from his mother, shortly after his parents divorced. By age ten, Kemper was decapitating his pets and burying them. By the time he hit puberty, he was masturbating to the thoughts of having sex with the town's peoples' dead corpses. After running away and being rejected by his father, Kemper was sent to live with his grandparents, where he committed his first murder. While there, he shoots his grandmother, because he wanted to know how it felt to shoot his grandmother. Then, he shots his grandfather, because he doesn't want him to be upset that he killed his wife. He is apprehended and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenic, and he's sent to State Hospital. While there he is shown to have an extremely high IQ, and is released, five years later, on parole.
As a young adult, Kemper sto od six-foot-nine and weighed 300 pounds. He frequently thought a bout killing his mother by 1970, but was not yet ready