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jeffreydxhmer asked: I'm thinking about writing to Edmund Kemper. Do you think he'd answer?

No idea, I don’t write to any inmates.

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Anonymous asked: Favorite blogs? My old blog was deleted so I need to find some new ones to follow.

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Anonymous asked: Funny you assume that I have functioning relationships. I drop and destroy friendships all the time. I'm fucking horrible with relationships, even if I know exactly what they want out of me. If you're such an expert, maybe you shouldn't be attempting diagnoses through 200 characters or less. I haven't had issues with the law because I /haven't been caught/ doing anything illegal. No repercussions for the things I did as a kid either. So come off your high horse, little girl. We are "among you".

I never assumed you had functioning relationships. That was in reference to the previous anon.

I think you may need to re-read my previous answer. Because I am not diagnosing anyone - I don’t see how explaining the fundamentals of a mental illness equates to diagnosis. I was speaking generally, quite obviously speaking generally because I have absolutely no idea about your personal case, your personal clinical diagnosis, your personal criminal history or your symptoms. 

Although I’m assuming this rather defensive reaction is because you’ve forgotten that the term ‘you' is frequently used to describe people in general. The wonders of the english language, and the importance of properly reading something in order to establish context. Again, re-read the reply, and try and understand it this time in the proper context.

Also - you have just proved the point I was making - which is that a personality disorder cannot exist without it impacting on a person’s ability to function.

I’m not on a high horse, and I’m not a little girl.

And again, you’re one of us. You have a personality disorder - you’re not an alien.  Stop trivialising mental health problems. 

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World War I German soldiers and their dogs don gas masks in Reims, France. ca. 1916.

Anonymous asked: I'm not the psychopath anon, but I do want to tell you that you and I both know quite well that people with ASPD live among us with their masks and their charm. Nobody figures me to be a sociopath, but people find me a bit impulsive and neurotic. They don't realize to the extent that I've lied to them, used them, subtly manipulated them. Even my first therapist couldn't see through my guise, and that was a disappointment. We're among you, even if we haven't been incarcerated. Most of us are.

Again, the diagnosis of any personality disorder requires: 

  • Significant impairments in self and interpersonal functioning.

If you’re holding down intimate, long-term relationships, you’re able to hold down a job, you’re able to maintain your physical health and you’re not having issues with the law, then I would question the validity of the diagnosis. If your ‘symptoms’ are having literally no impact on your ability to function in any area of your life then there would be no reason to pathologise them. Also, as I said before, because of the DSM-IV-TR focus on criminality the vast majority of people with ASPD would have issues with the law, it was in the diagnostic criteria for decades. 

I am not saying that all people with ASPD are incarcerated, I am saying that because of the diagnostic criteria most people would have some sort of contact with the law prior to diagnosis. Not to mention ASPD wouldn’t typically lend itself to a person seeking out help, so usually law enforcement is the first point of contact in terms of services. 

Also, it’s a mental illness, not a secret identity. You’re human, you’re not ‘among us’, you’re one of us. The use of that sort of language just trivialises the disorder while also further stigmatising those who experience it. 

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Anonymous asked: I've always felt a bit unsettled about the stigmatization of psychopaths, they're simply being pilloried by the media as serial killers and mass murders but in reality; that simply isn't so. I'm a psychopath and I would never kill someone, I don't have any moral qualms about murder, it's as natural as rape but in today's society; both are stupid and irrational. Ignorance and technology creates too many opportunities for something to go awry, and I am not a gambling man. -P1/2

I have a wide array of friends, I have a devoted girlfriend and I excel in anything that I devote my attention too. Currently, I work in retail and as my supervisor has mentioned on multiple occasions, I could sell cats to mice. I genuinely don’t understand the issue that people have with this apparent disorder. I am no Hannibal Lector and I never will be. -P2/2

Well, psychopathy currently isn’t a recognised diagnosis. Anyone who uses the term ‘psychopath’ is using an outdated term that is no longer used clinically. The equivalent diagnosis is ASPD which is typically diagnosed within the prison population and typically only gets brought the forefront when people get in trouble with the law - because the very first diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV-TR was:

failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest 

Being diagnosed specifically with ASPD without contact with law enforcement is a bit rare, especially because of the conduct disorder requirement. But, this does not mean that they are all serial killers or mass murderers. In fact, the vast majority of those diagnosed with ASPD would not have committed crimes like that - those crimes, in the grand scheme of things, are quite rare.

I’m actually surprised that you would have received a clinical diagnosis of a personality disorder when really the criteria would make it incredibly hard to hold down long term healthy relationships as well as employment. And I would discuss this diagnosis with your psychologist/psychiatrist, because if you’re having no issues with functioning in the slightest there’s no reason for you to have that label, and it’s a label that can have a huge impact on your ability to access services in the future - should you have any other mental health concerns. 

EDIT: Just a wee disclaimer, I focused on DSM-IV-TR because most guys I meet would have been diagnosed prior to the DSM-V being introduced. The DSM-V has turned the focus away from criminality, but the diagnostic criteria still would typically lend itself to criminality. 

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itspilyblog asked: Why did you choose this name? I saw one of your post. Very powerful. I would like to follow you. But your name frightened me.

Ted Bunny? It’s a play on the name ‘Ted Bundy’, incorporating his pet name ‘Bunny’ into it - I post mostly about true crime and serial killers so it makes sense. 

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Anonymous asked: Dude, I was living in Liege when that happened and it was so scary. A kid from my school was one of the ones who died, and I was literally 15 minutes from Place St Lambert during the whole thing. The city was on lockdown because the media reported that there was a second gunman on the loose and man it was so scary

Oh god, that’s horrible!

And yeah, they thought it was multiple people because of the fact that he had used explosives as well as guns. Sounds absolutely terrifying!

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A group of Hitler Youth captured by the American 9th Armored Division outside Leipzig, May 1945.
Brazilian mass murderer Wellington Menezes, who committed one of the largest non-gang related murders reported in the country. On the 7th of April 2011 Menezes entered Escola Municipal Tasso da Silveira, an elementary school, and shot dead 12 children - who were all between the ages of 10 and 13. One of the surviving children reported that Menezes appeared to be aiming to kill girls, while when shooting boys he shot to immobilise them. 10 out of the 12 dead were girls.
Police insisted that, having received a suicide letter from Menezes before the attack, there appeared to be no political or religious motive - despite reports that Menezes was fascinated by jihadi muslim extremists and had been researching Islam. He had attended the elementary school he targeted during his youth, where he was viciously bullied. In a recording made before the attack he said:

“The struggle for which many brothers died in the past, and for which I will die, is not solely because of what is known as bullying. Our fight is against cruel people, cowards, who take advantage of the kindness, the weakness of people unable to defend themselves.”
Suitcase containing dismembered body parts of french student Renée Hartevelt, who was murdered and cannibalised by Issei Sagawa.

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