Before he killed anyone, serial killer Ted Bundy would go on “dry-runs” to test his skills in serial murder. He would pick up a woman, terrorise her, but release her unharmed just to see if he was capable enough. In later interviews, he compared killing to learning how to be a better mechanic or chef. He told interviewers that he thought he had a Ph.D. in serial killing and that he took time to select the perfect victim- both physically and mentally. When asked about how he selected a victim, he stated that: “I have known people who…radiate vulnerability. Their facial expressions say ‘I am afraid of you.’ These people invite abuse… By expecting to be hurt, do they subtly encourage it?”.
Child of Rage is a documentary detailing the life of Beth, a young girl who suffered from RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) following years of abuse when she was a small baby. Her RAD was characterised by several alarming behaviours, including:
killing a clutch of baby birds and attacking her brother while he slept
Tearing her room apart.
Stabbing the family dog with a needle.
Fondling her grandfather.
Severley injuring a classmate with a shard of glass.
being vocal to her thoughts of killing her parent
The full documentary can be watched above. Be warned, it is highly disturbing.