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“The only thing they can get me for is running a funeral parlor without a license”. That is what John Wayne Gacy, a notorious serial killer said, before being convicted. John Wayne Gacy was executed in 1994. He killed thirty three young men, and was sentenced to death for a majority of those killings. He hid bodies underneath his house, but appeared to be normal to everyone else in his neighborhood. What would possess a person to commit such crimes as these? Why would he say such statements with no remorse? What can really be the cause of why a person would commit such a heinous crime? Some will argue that it was the environment he was raised in, others will argue that he had problems genetically. Maybe a mental disorder had been passed down through his genes. This is the argument of nature (hereditary factors)and nurture(environmental factors). While nature and nurture are both factors in serial murders, nurture seems to play a more significant role in why serial killers commit heinous crimes.

There are a few different factors that contribute to how adults act, what their personality is like, and decisions that they will make in life. Childhood and the environment a person grows up in can be a factor in how people act when they are adults. If a person grows up with positive experiences in life, they will most likely grow up to be happy and be a contributing member of society. On the other hand, people who grow up with negativity, violence and abuse, may think and act differently. Some traits like violence and abuse can be passed down through children. When children witness violence and abuse they might be brought up thinking that those behaviors are normal. Many serial killers had devastating childhoods. John Wayne Gacy had a good childhood for the most part, but there were some dark times. He was brought up in a household with an alcoholic father who was abusive. John’s father was...