Demons and Madmen
Author: Christopher J. Kurtz., Ph.D.
Table of Contents
Chapter One - The Marquis de Sade and the Birth of Sadism
Chapter Two - Serial Killers: Who Are They?
Chapter Three - Signature and the Anger-Retaliation Serial
Chapter Four - The Fantasy-Addiction Model of Serial
Chapter Five - The Medical Model of Serial Murder
Chapter Six - The Serial Killer’s Brain
Chapter Seven - Profiling-The Works of John Douglas &
Chapter Eight - Theodore Robert Bundy
Chapter Nine - Glen Rogers
Chapter Ten - Ed Gein
Chapter Eleven - Edmund Emil Kemper III
Chapter Twelve - Husband and Wife Serial Murderers
Chapter Thirteen - The Green River Killer
Chapter Fourteen - Robert Berdella
Chapter Fifteen - Danny Rolling
Chapter Sixteen - Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole
Chapter Seventeen - The Female Serial Killer
Demons and Madmen examines the phenomenon of serial murder through new theories and case studies
of some of the most destructive murderers of modern times. The book is based on Dr. Kurtz's courses in
the Psychology of Serial Murder and serves as both an introductory text to the field as well as a reference
book for more advanced scholars and law enforcement officials.
What drives a man to become a serial killer? This question has plagued and perplexed hundreds, if not
thousands, of law enforcement officers, criminal profilers, and psychologists for decades. I believe that
the question extends out even further, as to confound the serial killer himself as to both his origins and
his motivations. This book attempts to provide some concrete answers to this question, as I believe there
are answers to it that we can uncover. The discovery of these answers will also assist in the prediction of
which individuals will grow up to become serial killers so that the cycle of violence which the serial killer
engages in may be ground to a halt at an early age.
One answer to the question is that serial killers are compelled to commit their crimes because they have
such low self-esteem that committing murder is the only way that they can prove their existence to the
world. Despite the fact that most serial killers possess self-assertive personalities, they find themselves,
throughout the course of their lives, in situations that make them feel useless, worthless, and passive.
They kill their victims in order to erase their feelings of inadequacy and to leave an everlasting mark on
the society that they believe has failed them and left them to suffer alone.
Serial killers have an immense desire to inflict pain and humiliation on their victims in retaliation for the
wrongs that they perceive have been inflicted upon them by society. These killers have either witnessed
similar acts of violent degradation at some point in their lives, or they have experienced it firsthand. These
violent acts have occurred during the early stages in the killer's childhood development at the hands of
abusive parents, older siblings, or close friends of the family. These experiences have led to the feelings
of neglect, abandonment, and emotional deprivation that the serial killer harbors inside of himself as he
matures into adulthood.
If the serial killer has not been subjected to these forms of abuse, they have, nonetheless, developed a
distorted picture of the relationship between sex and violence. This has occurred as a result of direct
experience, again at the hands of an abusive and domineering family member, or through engaging in
deviant sexual behaviors themselves as a result of voyeurism, auto-eroticism, or by reading violent
In either case, serial killers, though apparently normal in appearance, are incapable of feeling anything for
anyone outside of themselves. It is only when they are engaged in some form of violent sexual activity
that they are capable of any semblance of normal feeling and emotion. Sexual activity brings these
individuals to life. The object of their crimes is a non-thing who is unimportant and whose humanity is
unimportant to the serial offender. Personal satisfaction is the serial killer's main and only objective.
To the general public, serial murders appear to be both absurd and motiveless. To the serial killer,
however, the motive for violently and brutally torturing and murdering an innocent person is quite clear.
Serial murders are not the random, motiveless crimes they appear to be. The motive for these crimes is
the sheer desire to raise the level of self-esteem in the serial killer, which is so low it is almost non-
existent to some level short of what would be considered normal.
Christopher J. Kurtz., Ph.D.
Christopher J. Kurtz was born in 1972 in New York. He completed his Bachelors and Graduate degrees
at St. John's University and received his doctorate from American International University in 1999. He has
taught in Tennessee, Connecticut, and California. Dr. Kurtz is the poetry editor of Mocha Memoirs and
currently teaches courses in the Psychology of Serial Murder at Virtual University.