Monday, April 27, 2009

The Unfortunate Reality Of A Sociopath

What Drives A Sociopath, And Is There A Scapegoat For What They Do?

This "Craig's List" killing is a horror for everyone involved with the exception of the fiance of the killer who continues to stand by her man.

What this case points out is that society always needs to lay the blame for an event on someone or something, when the reality is that if a man or a woman is a sociopath, they will find the way to perpetrate the evil that is in their mind.

The source that is being scapegoated in this case is Craig's List, and the fact that they allow these personal or thinly veiled ads for prostitution to appear on it's site. What is the definition of a sociopath and/or a psychopath?

"a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience" (

I remember growing up seeing the ads in the Village Voice or New York magazine for "massages" either "in-call" or "out-call". I remember Channel J on cable in New York City and the ads that ran on the Robin Byrd Show for escort services.

Down and Out Village Voice Kiosk

Times have not changed, but the search has become easier. Instead of going down to the local newsstand you simply have to turn on your computer. The sad truth, as we see by the father that recently killed his wife and two children, the terrorists that bombed the World Trade Center or this most recent killing of the masseuse, is that a sociopath will find the source that will allow them to satisfy there anti-social or deadly urges. Whether easy to find or difficult, they will find it.

Robin Byrd.jpg

This is not the fault of Craig's List, because this guy would have found his victim or victims in some other way. Watching an interview with the creator of the site, the attempt was made to drag him out as the second villain after the murderer. Craig's List is no more responsible than the dog that directed the Son of Sam to kill many years ago.

Unfortunately in society there will always be those that are mentally ill and who perpetrate or try to perpetrate crimes that the sane can't fathom. They are responsible for their actions, and they will find their victims no matter how difficult it is.

Rather than look for a scapegoat, it is up to the rest of us to try and recognize the signs of someone who is just not right, but even then stopping them will never be simple?


  1. I agree with you completely. Science hasn't found a "casual" sociopath yet, one who decides to kill merely because he/she found directions for building a bomb while browsing the Internet. It is also an extension of the hypocrisy that still exists around workers in the sex industry, that they somehow are less victimized than those who are in other businesses. Thanks for speaking some common sense.

  2. A human life is a human life and you are correct that that industry tends to be treated differently.