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Nov 13, 2016

An accused serial killer has been arrested in South Carolina, and his mother says that bullying is to blame for the series of horrifying crimes he is accused of committing. This brings to light a very important question: Are serial killers the products of their environments, or are they born with the dynamics that push them to committing unthinkable crimes? It's the old nurture vs. nature argument, but is there some actual evidence to stand behind the idea?

Todd Kohlepp was arrested after a woman was discovered chained up on his property. While it's fortunate that the young woman survived, multiple people are reportedly dead because of the man who stands accused of kidnapping her. One of those reported victims is the boyfriend of the young woman who was lucky to be freed from captivity. However, Kohlepp has reportedly confessed to the murders of several other people -- including a group of three men, and a woman, who supposedly "laughed at him," when he once tried to ride a motorcycle.

Kohlepp's mother says that her son "isn't a monster," even though he has confessed to the serial killings of more than five people. She says that the murders of four bike shop employees, in 2003, came to be after the alleged victims "bullied," her son. Todd Kohlepp reportedly attempted to ride a motorcycle at the shop -- as he had never done before -- which ended in him falling over. This reportedly resulted in the four employees bursting into laughter at the South Carolina man.

"Todd was bullied and embarrassed and I think he just held it in long enough," said Regina Kohlepp.

While it appears that Regina Kohlepp is trying to make excuses for her son's alleged actions, there does appear to be some kind of evidence to back up what she is saying. Multiple serial killers throughout history have been reported victims of bullying, prior to their crimes. For example, teenage serial killer Jesse Pomeroy was the reported victim of relentless bullying at the hands of his peers. His mother notoriously blamed this bullying on his murderous actions. However, there are also plenty of reports which indicate that Pomeroy, was himself, the bully.

Notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, was also the target of childhood bullying. As a child, Bundy was incredibly shy and quiet, which made him the target of his peers. Later in life, Ted Bundy sort of "blossomed," into the quintessential good-looking law-student. However, he had also blossomed into a vile serial killer, who targeted numerous innocent women.

Jeffrey Dahmer was also the victim of bullying as a child. Much like Ted Bundy, Dahmer was a shy and quiet child. He was also reportedly "awkward," which caused his peers to single him out, and target him with cruel treatment. A homosexual (although not "out"), Jeffrey Dahmer was frequently targeted with homophobic slurs as part of the bullying against him. Dahmer moved on to kill several young men, whom he committed a multitude of atrocious acts upon, post-mortem.

Serial killer John Wayne Gacy was also a victim of bullying as a child. When he was a kid, Gacy suffered from a heart condition that rendered him weak and sickly. Not only was he the target of  bullying by his childhood peers, he was also treated callously by his own father -- who hated the fact that he had a "weak" son. Struggling with homosexual tendencies, Gacy targeted young men and boys during his serial killer career.

Another famous serial killer, Edmund Kemper, was also bullied as a child. Kemper is known to be a rather large man, standing at approximately 6'9". He was 6'4" at a young age, causing him to tower over his peers. This made him an easy target of ridicule.

There have been studies trying to find a correlation between violence and bullying. A study presented by Michael J. Turner has reportedly found that 14% of bullied children end up in prison as adults. The study cites that "more than 20% of those who endured chronic bullying were later convicted of violent crimes."

Do you think bullying may be a factor behind what makes a serial killer? Or is this just a convenient excuse given by those who are trying to sympathize with people who commit horrendous crimes?

Nov 1, 2016

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested, after authorities in Millersville say that he tried to trick his girlfriend into aborting their unborn child. The Dreamin' Demon reports that 20-year-old Theophilous Washington has admitted to attempting a DIY abortion on his unsuspecting girlfriend. Fortunately, he was unsuccessful, and his girlfriend was lucky to survive this outrageous attempt at ending her pregnancy. The details surrounding this sickening case are downright shocking -- but stories like this one are nothing new at all.

The incident reportedly took place on Friday morning. The 20-year-old university student was spending time with his girlfriend in his apartment. When the woman was leaving for her own home, which was nearby, he told her to take a bottle of water from his fridge. The woman, who was thirsty, didn't think twice about accepting a bottled water from her boyfriend -- the father of her unborn child.
When the unnamed woman returned to her on-campus apartment, she began drinking the bottled water that Theophilous Washington had given her. According to the woman, she immediately felt a burning sensation in her throat, along with a violent wave of nausea. She vomited, and then immediately called 911, fearing that she had indeed ingested something other than water.

Upon being interviewed by authorities, the woman revealed what had happened between her and her boyfriend that day -- and told them about the bottled water. Washington was quick to admit to authorities, not long after they interviewed his pregnant girlfriend, that he did not want her to have the baby. He reportedly admitted to spiking the bottled water with bleach, in an attempt to trick the woman into having a miscarriage.

A doctor who examined the woman has noted that there was no apparent damage done to her two-month-old fetus, which is fortunate. In response to what Theophilous Washington admitted to doing, authorities in Millersville charged him with multiple crimes. He has been charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder of an unborn child. He has also been charged with reckless endangering.  He is currently being held in jail on bond in the amount of $1 Million -- which means he probably won't be getting out any time soon.

This is far from the only time a man has been arrested for attempting to cause a woman's miscarriage. A few years ago, a Norwegian man was jailed for sneaking abortion pills into his girlfriend's smoothies. In another case, a Florida man was arrested for actually causing the miscarriage of his 26-year-old girlfriend. The 28-year-old man tricked her into taking abortion pills under the guise that they were the woman's antibiotics. This led to the death of her unborn child.