The urge to kill has been a subject of intrigue for decades - especially when it comes to unsolved cases.
But the latest arrest has sparked disbelief across the internet...
While the crimes of those who kill are utterly heinous, something about the darker side of humanity seems to intrigue many of us.
via: Getty ImagesWhy would anyone want to kill another human being? Why do they think they have the right to take someone else life away from them? The questions are endless.
Names such as Ted Bundy and Charles Manson are enough to make anyone feel uneasy...
via: Getty ImagesSerial killers have struck up terror in society for decades, so it's no wonder that many of us are fascinated by what causes them to kill.
In recent years, however, this intrigue seems to have only escalated.
The subject of murderers, in particular, serial killers, has become the center of countless true-crime documentaries and films.
It's a feat that Netflix, in particular, has gotten very good at.
via: imdbThe streaming giant's series, Making a Murderer, arguably skyrocketed everyone's fascination with the overarching true crime genre. The story dealt with a man who may or may not have been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of car photographer, Teresa Halbach.
Ted Bundy became the focus of a Netflix project, too.
via: imdbBundy is one of the world's most notorious serial killers, who confessed to killing at least thirty young women from 1974 to 1978.
Many of us are curious about what motivates their cold and calculated crimes.
And these monstrous killers have long been the focus of countless psychological studies.
The sheer conflict between horror and humanity has fascinated many professionals...
via: Getty ImagesWhy anyone would want to inflict such horror on another human being is truly a mystery.
There's one huge factor that physiologists have been unpicking for decades...
via: Getty ImagesAntisocial Personality Disorder (otherwise known as sociopathy).
It's a trait shared among most serial killers.
via: Getty ImagesThe personality disorder essentially creates reduced connectivity to the emotional system in the brain - meaning that these individuals can exhibit a wide range of behaviors including lack of conscience, inability to follow rules, tendency to lie, and manipulation.
Nature or nurture?
via: Getty ImagesThe long-standing debate over what exactly causes psychopathy is still ongoing, with a set cause not yet determined.
But what makes killers even more chilling...
via: imdbTheir psychopathic tendencies can allow them to blend well into society - leaving many people unsuspecting.
These individuals often go unnoticed in society...
via: Getty ImagesAn investigation into serial murder by the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in 2005 concluded that “they are not monsters and may not appear strange. Serial murderers often have families and homes, are gainfully employed, and appear to be normal members of the community." Their "humanness" is one of the aspects that makes them so compelling.
It's also one of the reasons why the police rarely catch them early...
via: imdbAnd why they can go on killing, undetected, for years - sometimes even decades.
Rebecca Landrith was a former beauty pageant winner from New York City.
tragically, her body was found this week by the side of Pennsylvania's Interstate 80.
She'd been shot eighteen times.
With multiple gunshot wounds to Landrith's head, neck and throat.
Because her body was found in the middle of nowhere, there were concerns about finding the murderer.
But unbelievably, he has been brought to justice.
Twenty-eight-year-old Texan truck driver Tracy Rollins has been arrested.
And the way the police found him was truly incredible.
They found a note in Landrith's jacket pocket that contained his name, phone number, and email address.
Following the discovery, they also found fingerprint and DNA evidence linking Rollins to the crime.
"Her family loved her dearly. None of this brings her back."
"It is important she receives justice."
Rest in Peace.