[I]t is a common belief that serial killers can never stop killing, the reason being that their compulsion is powerful, making them literally addicted to killing. But what about a contract killer? Why wouldn’t someone as deadly as “Chino Anthrax,” a Mexican cartel hitman, fall under the definition of a serial killer, especially if they’ve racked up dozens of bodies?
In 2014, there were three serial killers found to be stalking the population. There was 26-year-old Tiago Rocha, who allegedly butchered 39 people, Francisco das Chagas Rodrigues de Brito who mutilated and killed dozens of children and most recently, Sailson Jose das Graças, the Brazilian serial killer arrested in December of 2014, for killing at least 42 people. So what’s the big difference?
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According to research, the serial killers do not feel guilt from their actions, hence no reason for them to abstain from killing. Otherwise, they are pure psychotic. The main causes of psychopathy are not well-known. It is also not very clear whether psychopathy is inherited or learned through time, although a study of Minnesota twins found out that psychopathy is 60% genetic. Psychopathic traits are influenced more by the DNA rather than upbringing. Since psychopathy is determined genetically, it is obvious that there is a brain abnormality.
Criminal psychopathy is related with a reduced connectivity between ventromedial prefrontal cortex and amygdala. Due to the low connectivity in the two regions, negative stimuli processing in the amygdala is not relayed as strong negative emotions. For this reason, the serial killers never feel embarrassed or nervous when they are killing. They don’t have emotions towards people who suffer, and this explains why they kill.
Serial killers choose their prey, while the victims of contract killers are cautiously picked on their behalf by their employers. The companies pay the hit men to kill on demand. Even though the serial killers and the professional hit men have a similar characteristic of killing several people in unrelated and separate events, contract killers differ from serial killers, in that they are driven to kill by money.
The contract killers do not fulfill any psychological or emotional needs when they kill, while serial killers are motivated to kill by fantasy in addition to strong emotional desires like excitement or lust.
Another difference between a serial killer and the contract killers is the emotional cooling off. The serial killers practice a period of emotional cooling off in between their murders. During this time, the serial killers bring back together their apparently normal life. The professional killers do not require or experience a period of cooling off in between their kills due to the pragmatic and unemotional nature of their murders.
In modern history, these Brazilian killers would be classified among the deadliest serial killers if convicted. However, there are contract killers who have killed more people than the latest three psychos. Case in point, during an assassination trial of a Mexican drug cartel slayer, the hit man told a judge that he killed more than 800 people. The hit man was a contract killer who murdered under orders from his boss and also to impress him.
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[R]apper Necro is an American artist who is well-known for inventing his own brand of Hip-Hop he has coined “Death Rap.” In this world of Hip-Hop, butchering and killing his competition with intricate rhymes, is an afterthought. Growing up as a child in the Glenwood Projects in Brooklyn, New York wasn’t easy for this white rapper, who instead of a serial killer, became a serial rhymer, with his self-titled debut, in 1998. Since then, Necro has released albums like I Need Drugs, Gory Days, The Pre-Fix For Death, DIE! and Once Upon A Crime as The Godfathers with rap icon Kool G. Rap.
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While Necro suffered from some of the societal hardships that could produce a serial or contract killer, he channeled his dark energy into his Hip-Hop career, which is still going strong in its 16th year with the upcoming greatest hits collection, Sadist Hitz.
His rap lyrics were featured in the controversial murder trials of Terri-Lynne McClintic and Michael Rafferty, two life-long fans of Necro, who were accused of abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering an 8-year-old girl named Tori Stafford. After a 10-week trial, both killers were sentenced to life in prison.
“They all think they are different from each other, but they all eat the dick and are cheap grimy scumbag bitches, so killing is killing. My philosophy on killing is don’t get caught,” Necro said to CollegeHipHop.com, before becoming a bit more serious on the subject. “I personally choose dark themes for many reasons. First my childhood was dark. Growing up in Glenwood projects was dark because everyone was beefing and there was no police. It was like ‘Mad Max’ in the hood, you survived by either being shook and running and hiding or you fought like I did, and got beat down a lot until you became more rugged than the bully. This makes the music you decide to make, something that is hard, because you are hard inside from this kind of environment.”
The rapper noted that popular culture is obsessed with killers, as seen in popular television series like “Inside The American Mob” (National Geographic), “Origins Of The Mafia (The History Channel), “Infamous Serial Killers” (Biography) and “Most Evil” (Discovery ID).
“Some of the most famous killers are Jewish and Italian gangsters and if you have pride for your heritage like I do, you will identify with these gangsters and in some ways adapt their behavior. Not having it, putting bitches in line, mentioning them in lyrics,” Necro explained.
Thankfully, as Necro grew older, writing Hip-Hop lyrics helped him channel his rage and imagination, which his resulted in songs like “Your Fuckin’ Head Split,” “Bury You With Satan” and “Frank Zito,” where he and partner Ill Bill explore killing rappers, metaphorically, of course.
“It becomes a canvas of art like a dope action flick or horror movie, or street hood flick where you can pull from experiences and present them in song form. And this is therapy to stay out of prison, or be mature enough to start a rap business like so many do, and focus their energy now on music and art. But the art is reflecting their childhood, emotions and upbringing,” Necro said.