The Mind of a Psychopath


Sara Mendes (12th), Reporter

Psychopaths, some of the scariest people you’ll ever hear about. Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper and Richard Ramirez, all famous psychopaths. All very selfish and have a lack of emotion. They make up about 1 percent of the population and they tend to be all males. Psychopaths are also very manipulative of others feelings and that’s why they’re in my opinion some of the scariest people out there. 


Now, what’s the true definition of a psychopath? A psychopath is a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. What it means about violent social behavior is the manipulating behavior that is exhibited in psychopaths. In my opinion psychopaths are super scary because they’re hidden in the population and can even people you know, which is even scarier. 


I got Sierra Smith’s opinion of psychopaths and her thoughts on them. 


“The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is that a psychopath tends to be more manipulative and they have more normal lives and minimize risks in criminal activity wow a sociopath tends to be more range prone  and unable to lead a normal life.” 


“ The only famous Psychopaths I know of are Ted Bundy and Charles Manson.”


“ Psychopaths have irresponsible behaviors, violate the rights of others and they are unable to distinguish between right and wrong. they also have difficulty showing remorse or empathy.”


“ I think they look back at their past memories a lot and they probably suffer through childhood which cause them to act out in violent behaviors. They feel numb towards emotions and they fake the emotions that they seem to feel.” 


What Sierra had to say about them is very accurate and she explained why I fear them. Before this, I had no idea that Charles Manson was a psychopath. 


I also got Gio Aguirre’s opinion about psychopaths. 

“ The difference between the two is that a psychopath is more manipulative of a person’s feelings and can also be seen as charming. A sociopath is more rage prone. I think sociopath’s are more scary.”  

“Some famous psychopaths that I know are Jack the Ripper, Richard Rameriz and King Leopolv the second.” 


“Some of the warning signs of psychopaths are social irresponsible behavior, difficulty with showing empathy, violating the rights of others and manulplating and hurting others.” 


“I think what goes on in their minds is past memories and past trauma that they might have experienced as a child or teen.”