Ever hear the term narcissist? You probably have if you watch shows like Criminal Minds or Law and Order. As a matter of fact, these shows are what has led people to believe that individuals with narcissistic personality disorder are also serial killers.
The idea of a narcissistic person being a serial killer can be true. Some serial killers have this disorder difficult personality disorder. One prime and perfect example is Ted Bundy. He was a master at what he did. He was the gentle, kind, guy next door. He was this guy that you would pass on the street and greet good morning too. He was a nice person, but he was also high on who he was.
Once he was caught, he offered the FBI to go to their behavioural sciences unit and teach them about his crimes, how he did them, and what his motives were. He also offered to teach them how he lured his victims to him. It was refused, of course, but he was very proud of who he was and what he accomplished. Ted Bundy killed many people and became one of America’s most notorious serial killers. He died in the electric chair, paying for his crimes.
Another such serial killer is Brian Blackwell. He killed both his parents, then went on vacation with his girlfriend. He funded the vacation using his parent’s credit cards. Even when caught and when the evidence mounted, he maintained that he didn’t do it. After being charged with the double murder, he was tested by the psychology centre and was found to have all nine traits of narcissistic personality disorder. This boy was only 18 years old. Brian Blackwell paved the road for the term narcissistic rage; his charges were reduced to manslaughter.
Some examples of people with narcissistic rage are those who commit mass murders, not necessarily all of them, but definitely some. For example, the Columbine shooting in Denver, Colorado, the Port Arthur Massacre in Australia and more recently, the Norway mass murder and the movie theatre shooting in Aurora.
In my book “Crime Writer,” the lead character, Drake Butcher, is a narcissist. He is textbook narcissistic, but does he have narcissistic rage? You will have to read it to find out!
Does being a narcissist mean you will commit murder? Absolutely not. Most narcissists learn to live with their disorder and maintain help from professionals to live a normal life. Narcissistic rage and narcissistic personality disorder are not necessarily the same thing or attributed to the same person. A narcissist is someone who thinks highly of themselves; they have no empathy and can be socially isolated on account of feeling as though they are better than others.
The narcissist is the person who will get gifts on their birthday or Christmas and they will not lavish you with thanks because they expect it. These people are the ones who will lie and manipulate in order to get what they want. They don’t care who they are hurting or what damage they are causing to relationships because they are only concerned with getting what they want.
When you hear the term narcissist in the future, don’t necessarily attribute it to someone who will become a serial killer. Those cases are few and far between. Furthermore, the one who experiences narcissistic rage is the one who is more likely to commit murder.