A Test…

A woman meets a man at her mother’s funeral whom she thinks is the most wonderful man she has ever met – he is delightful in every way in her view and she thinks she might be in love with him. 

A week later, after the funeral, the woman had not hear from the man of her dreams.  Two weeks later she kills her sister.  Why did she do this?

This is an undergraduate test, but interesting none the less…

iggy donnelly…


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16 responses to “A Test…

  1. I know I’ll come across as simple or maybe stupid, but a person who kills another is mentally ill — no matter why. Maybe tomorrow when I’m more rested I’ll have a more reasoned response, but I think I won’t have any better justification for killing.

  2. Well, fnord, that is because you might be healthy…

  3. WmacW

    *Waving hand in air*

    I know – I know!!!!

    She did it so that she could see the man again.

    That means I’m a serial killer, doesn’t it? LOL. No really, we had this question in a criminology class of mine. The instructor said that they asked this question of the big serial killers – Bundy, Manson, etc… and they all answered the same – that she killed her sister so there would be another funeral to see the man at. It’s supposed to be a gauge of insanity or something of the sort…

  4. jammer5

    Thought about this last night and came to the same conclusion: she killed her sister to see the man again.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    The man is her brother-in-law. Or a relative of some sort that would be likely to come to the funeral.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    I say brother-in-law because it would solve two problems. Though killing a relative would be a likely he would attend the funeral. Killing someone that close to her would not be a first thought. But if the man is her sister’s husband then he would be free to become involved with her. And she would not be hurting her and her sister’s relationship and feelings by stealing the husband.

  7. Maybe she is just a postal worker and killing her sister was incidental?

  8. It is supposed to be a test of how much you think like an antisocial personality disorder. “Antisocial” does not have the colloquial meaning like “shy” or “withdrawn”, rather it means psychopathic; most serial killers are antisocial personality disorders. Jeffrey Dahmer, interestingly, had Asperger’s Disorder – it is a high functioning Autism Disorder. “Regular” at the other blog has that, I am pretty sure, after meeting him.

    Dahmer got interested in killing animals first and then people, because he thought guts had pretty colors. He enjoyed playing with guts and then enjoyed eating them. His whole approach to serial killing was quite different than what one would see with an antisocial personality disorder.

    That’s your feed from the gholish corner, today…

  9. Many people from my old high school have compared notes over the last couple of years about what we remember about Dennis Rader — btk.

    We can remember his face and his name and that’s about it! He was there but not there. No one has memories of anything else. We all pulled out the year books as soon as we heard the name, and while we had them out we thumbed through them. We each saw pictures of old classmates we’d had no contact with since school and paused to remember about them — we had memories!

    So would it be safe to say Dennis Rader didn’t interact enough to leave an impression of any kind?

    • tosmarttobegop

      In case you missed it, it turns out that my youngest son’s mother-in-law went to the same High school I did.
      I was class of 76 and she was class of 78 and suddenly she remembered me in High school.
      She made a statement that took me back, “You were one of the bad guys in high school I think”.

      I had never thought of myself that way, mostly all I wanted was to be left alone and get through the day.
      I did hang with some guys that could not be said to be stellar citizens but no one I thought was bad actors.
      The only one I would have been seen with was a guy named Mark and he was the one hanging with me.
      6’6” and nearly 300 hundred pounds of sheer muscle. First string line backer and for some odd reason he wanted me to join the KKK chapter of West High. It had just started my senior year and without a doubt Mark was the biggest of all of them.

      One day we were walking through the Library and he was telling me that the White Race was superior to the Black race (He did not say black race). A Black girl who was all of about 4’9” came in and was walking down the same aisle as we were. Mark stepped in front of her and she side stepped, he than move in front of her again. They kept this dance up for a few seconds then Mark stopped and told her “Walk around Ni%%er!”. She did and he came back to me, “See I just proved the superiority of the White race!”.

      I told him “Shit Mark all you proved was she was smarter then you are. As big as you are, if you told me to walk around I would have walked around!”. I don’t know the fact that he did not frighten me might mean I could have been one of the bad guys? Few actually would have told him he was being stupid.

      But it is funny how people from High school might remember you differently than you remember you.

  10. Serious antisocial behavior for sociopaths (another name they go by) start at a pretty young age. My parents remember a neighbor kid when they were first married. I was not born yet, thank goodness.

    Any way, this kid would buy baby chicks at the hatchery (they were more common in the early 50’s) and then he would bury these partially in the ground and then decapitate them with a lawn mower. They never said, but I believe this was before there were many gasoline powered mowers and what people used were those cylinder type human powered mowers.

    I had often thought that this kid eventually lived out his life in prison somewhere.

  11. Serial killers ususally start with animals.

    As a child George Bush, the lesser, enjoyed exploding fire crackers in toad’s mouths.

  12. To clarify who we’re talking about in regard to antisocial personality disorders.

    DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder (301.7)
    A. There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:

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

    deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure

    impulsivity or failure to plan ahead

    irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults

    reckless disregard for safety of self or others

    consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations

    lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.

    B. The individual is at least age 18 years.

    C. There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.

    D. The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.

  13. tosmarttobegop

    It is kind of odd how most people that know someone who turns out to be a serial killer.
    either they did not find anything about them that made them memorable or the found them totally likeable and would never have thought them capable of being a serial killers they are just too nice.

    One woman who worked with Ted Bundy said she should have listen to her little dog.
    She liked working with Bundy and thought him the nicest guy she knew. But every time she had her little dog at work with her. Bundy would enter the room and the dog would back away and growl at him if he came close. The dog seem to like everyone except for Bundy.