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OVERCOMING EVIL
Romans 12:17-21
SERMON STARTER

          Last Sunday, November 5th a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 unarmed innocent people aged 5 to 72 and 20 more were wounded. This is the largest mass murder in Texas history.
The gunman, Devin P. Kelley, 26, was convicted in 2012, while he was in the Air Force, of assaulting his first wife and her toddler son, and he served time in a military prison. He was dressed in Black with military grade bullet proof vests, etc. His assault rifle held a 400 round clip.
          Devin Kelley, 26, of nearby Comal County, Texas. walked up and down the center aisle of the church executing his victims one by one. Once again the nation has been confronted with human evil.
          There have been many others like him. On just October 1st Stephen Paddock rained bullets down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino onto concert goers at a Las Vegas outdoor concert. He killed 58 people and wounded 500 more. The unique thing about last Sunday's shooting was it was the first time a madman had shot up a church and its people. This is close to home in this country with 380,000 churches. Any of us could be at risk.
          Christians are on two opposite poles when it comes to self-protection. There are the NRA, Law and Order churches who invite parishioners to display openly their licensed-to-carry handguns. At the other end of the spectrum are the churches with a passive, pacifistic approach to violence. Some pastors favor firearms being stored in hidden places around the building. Others favor wanding people for weapons, like at the nation's airports.
          Today's sermon explores a Biblical approach to protecting ourselves from spin-off, copy-cat madmen who hope to join Devin Kelley in the mass murderer's hall of disgrace by shooting up a church.
Pastor Phil  <><<

November 12, 2017 - Sheepfold Ministries
Pastor Phil Roland

OVERCOMING EVIL
Romans 12:17-21

"Our churches and congregations have been alerted through a Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night Bible study shootout and last Sunday's unspeakable horror. We are now fair game to the crazies. What shall we do?"           (WWJD)                                                                   Pastor Phil <><<

 

18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.       Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV)


22 Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.       Proverbs 20:22 (NKJV)

 

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

TO OVERCOME EVIL. . .
I. DO NOT REVENGE INJUSTICE - Romans 12:17
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
          A. Plotting Revenge only hurts the haters
                    1. Eye-For-Eye Retaliation is Old Testament Legalism
                    2. Remember Solomon's Wisdom - 1 Kings 3:16-28
          B. Hating and Revenging can actually cause physical damage
                    1. Nursing a grudge can make you sick
                    2. Acid only destroys its container
                    3. Some kinds of losses can never be repaid
          C. Intentionally change how you think - Phil 4:8
                    8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
              whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are
              lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if
              there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
          D. Do Good and see to it that evil men cannot repeat bad behavior
                    1. Remedy Injustice when it occurs
                    2. Leave the rest to God - Romans 8:28
                                        28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who
                          love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

TO OVERCOME EVIL. . .
II. LIVE IN PEACE WITH PEOPLE - Romans 12:18
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
          A. We live among impossible people
OVERCOME EVIL, cont. p.2

                    1. Jesus taught us to love impossible, difficult people
                    2. Kindness and gentleness are virtues of the Fruit of the Spirit
                   
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,                                            kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.                            Against such there is no law.    Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
          B. We are to influence people for the good
                    1. We resist reacting unkindly to evil people
                    2. WWJD?

TO OVERCOME EVIL. . .
III. GIVE UP ALL KINDS OF WRATH - Romans 12:19
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
          A. Wrath = Greek, Or-gay = Reactive, Adrenal Response
                    1. Further stages of Wrath - Ephesians 4:26-27
26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you       
                            are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
          a. Brooded over Wrath
                              b. Rehearsed Wrath
                    2. Give up Re-Active
                    3. Become Pro-Active
          B. Get out of the way and let God do His job - Proverbs 24:17
                    17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad
              when he stumbles;
                    1. Jesus' solution is to FORGIVE our enemies - Matt. 5:44
                                        44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do
                          good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use
                          you and persecute you,
                    2. Forgiveness sets us free to Overcome Evil

TO OVERCOME EVIL. . .
IV. DO THE OPPOSITE OF THE FLESH'S RESPONSE
20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
          A. The flesh's response is "Hurt me, I hurt you back."

1. Make a decision, NOT to respond in kind
                    2. Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath
          B. Use the Tongue of the Wise - Prov. 15:1,2
                    1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The
              tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours
              forth foolishness.
1. Communication: Volume, Tone, Cadence, Elongated Vowels
                    2. Men particularly respond negatively to a shrill female voice
                    3. Keep your words sweet, you may have to eat them          C. Use appropriate body language, eye contact, etc. . .  

OVERCOME EVIL, cont. p.3

5. KILL YOUR ENEMIES WITH KINDNESS
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
          A. Heap Coals of Fire
                    1. Find your enemy's greatest need
                    2. Meet that need if it is within your power
          B. Jesus taught, Do not resist evil - Matt. 5:38-39
                    38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a
               tooth.' 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you
               on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
                    1. This doesn't apply to an enemy using deadly force
                    2. This does apply to simple expressions of contempt
          C. We are to be wise as Serpents, harmless as Doves - Matt. 10:16
                    16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be
               wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
                    1. We do plan for self-protection
                    2. Cell phones for 911 calls
                    3. Licensed and carrying weapons of self-defense
                    4. We forgive or enemies
                    5. We entertain no plans for revenge
                    6. We do not allow our enemies to repeat abusive behavior

 

TO DIE IS GAIN
In January, 1999 Graham Staines and his two sons, Phillip (10) and Timothy (6) were mobbed by radical Hindus, trapped inside their vehicle in … India, and burned alive. The three charred bodies were recovered clinging to each other. Graham Staines had spent 34 years serving the people of India in the name of Jesus. He was the director of the Leprosy Mission in Baripada, Orissa.
He left behind his widow Gladys and daughter Esther. … Her response was in every paper in India to the glory of Christ. She said, a few days after the martyrdom of her husband and sons, “I have only one message for the people of India. I’m not bitter. Neither am I angry. But I have one great desire: that each citizen of this country should establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who gave his life for their sins … let us burn hatred and spread the flame of Christ’s love.”
Everyone thought she would move back to Australia. No. She said God had called them to India, and she would not leave. She said, “My husband and our children have sacrificed their lives for this nation; India is my home. I hope to be here and continue to serve the needy.” Then, perhaps most remarkable of all—listen to this all you who are teenagers—her daughter Esther was asked how she felt about the murder of her dad, and the thirteen year old, said, “I praise the Lord that He found my father worthy to die for Him.”

NURSING YOUR BROTHER’S MURDERER
          During a time of terrible atrocities in Armenia in 1904, a Turkish soldier pursued a young woman and her brother down a street. He cornered them and then mercilessly shot the brother and let the sister go free, but only after she saw her brother’s brutal murder.
          Later, the woman was working as a nurse in a military hospital when the Turkish soldier who had shot her brother was brought into her ward. He was critically wounded and if she had left him alone, he would have died. At first, she wrestled with the desire for vengeance. But she realized that the Lord wanted her to treat this man with kindness, so she gently nursed him back to health.
          One day the Turk, who recognized her, said, “Why didn’t you let me die?” She replied, “I am a follower of Jesus and He said, ‘Love your enemies.’” The man was silent for a long time, but finally said, “I never knew that anyone could have such a faith. If that’s what it does, tell me more about it. I want it.” (“Our Daily Bread,” 11/81)

MEAN JUDD BREWSTER
Let me tell you a little true story. I love this story. It occurred in the Great Depression in America. There was a certain man by the name of Judd Brewster who was a mean, hateful man. Nobody liked him. There was a family named Jansen who lost their farm and all their possessions during the Depression. They heard of a sharecropping farm they could work. The only problem was, that property adjoined the property of Judd Brewster, this mean man. Everybody in the area said, “Oh no, you don’t want that farm, because you would have to live next to Judd Brewster, one of the meanest men on the planet earth.” Mr. Jansen said, “I tell you what, if this Judd Brewster gives me any trouble, I’ll just kill him.” That is what he said.
So they moved in and started working this sharecropping farm. One day, their chickens got loose and got over in Judd Brewster’s yard, and Brewster came stomping over to the Jansen’s house, pounding on the door, “Get those chickens out of my yard! If you don’t, you won’t see them again!” So they ran over there, and got the chickens and put them in a henhouse and locked the henhouse. A couple of weeks later, Jansen’s pigs got loose and got into Judd Brewster’s garden. Once again Judd Brewster came storming up to the front door, pounding on the front door. He said, “Jansen, your pigs got in my garden. But they’ll never get in my garden again. Here they are.” He jerked his thumb over his shoulder, and there in the wagon that he had ridden up in was a pile of dead pigs. He had shot every one of the Jansen’s pigs. Jansen didn’t do anything except bury his pigs. One day several months after that, one of Jansen’s sons came running in saying, “Dad! Dad! Get your gun, get your gun quick, because Brewster’s pigs are in our garden!” Already he could taste the sweet flavor of revenge. Jansen said, “No, we’re not going to kill them. Boys, round them up. Load those pigs in the wagon.”
You know, it’s a whole lot easier to load dead pigs in a wagon than it is living pigs. But after a lot of work, that’s what they did. They rounded them up and put them in the wagon. He pulled the wagon over to Brewster’s property. He walked up to the front door knocked on the door and Brewster came to the door, “What do you want?!”
He said, “Brewster, your pigs got in my garden today.” And all the color just drained out of Brewster’s face, because times were hard and nobody could afford to lose their livestock. Jansen said, “What do you want me to do with them? I brought them back.” Brewster, knowing he killed them, said, “Pile them behind the barn. I’ll take care of it later.” Jansen said, “Well, I can’t do that. If I put them behind the barn they’ll just get loose again.” And Brewster realized this man was showing kindness toward him.
That very afternoon, they had a long conversation. When Jansen left, Brewster had given him half of his pigs. And the next Sunday, for the first time in as long as anybody could ever remember in those parts, Judd Brewster was in church. And he became a Christian. Someone asked Jansen, “What did you mean when you said you were going to kill him if he gave you any trouble?” He said, “That’s what I did. I killed him. I killed him with kindness, because that old mean neighbor we used to have is no more.”

Eg.
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
Littleton, Colorado
13 Mostly students were killed, 24 wounded
Two Perpetrators killed themselves
Parents of Rachel Scott said two days afterwards on the Today Show, they chose forgiveness. . .
Rachel was the first person the perps murdered
I was doing an in service training on grieving for the teachers and administrators of Hubbard High School on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 the incident occurred. They planned for me to speak only 45 minutes. I did not leave the school for 2 1/2 hours. Testimonies were given and teachers wept as they vowed to pray for their students every day. <><<

 

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OVERCOMING EVIL, TEXT:
Romans 12:14-21 (NKJV)
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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THEMES:
We need a practical theology of evil
        John Calvin, Total Depravity
        Eg. M. Scott Peck, "People fo the Lie"
        John Calvin first wrote that man is Totally Depraved
        Eg. The Heart of man is evil and who can know it
        Eg. Gen. 6. Genesis 6:5 (NKJV)
          5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the           earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil           continually.

 

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Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'
28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'
29 But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." ' "

1. WE ARE IN A WORLD WHERE GOOD AND EVIL ARE PRESENT
2. THE EVIL OF THIS WORLD IS THE RESULT OF THE EVIL ONE
3. THERE IS A REASON GOD TOLERATES THE EVIL IN THIS WORLD
4. THERE IS A DAY OF RECKONING
John 5:28-29 (NKJV)
28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice
29 and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Someone was quoted saying: “The passing ‘rewards’ of evil should not tempt us to abandon good. The evil person is like the man who jumped from the 50th floor without a parachute. When he passed the 30th, someone shouted, ‘How’s it going?’ And the jumper answered, ‘So far so good.’” When evil happens and evil people prosper, it is like the jumper who is only at the 30th floor. Their end is inevitable…even if it is delayed.

The children of the light must be smarter than the children of the world
Luke 16:1-8 (NKJV)
1 He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
2 So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'
3 Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.
4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.'
5 So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6 And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
7 Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'
8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.

Luke 16:1-8 (NIV)
1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
2 So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'
3 "The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg--
4 I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'
5 "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6 "'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'
7 "Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' "'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'
8 "The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

Parable of the Shrewd Manager - The Prodigal Manager Luke 16:1-8

Taylor Living Bible

16 Jesus told this story to his disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs. One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money. 2 So the employer called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? Get your report in order, because you are going to be fired.’
“The manager thought to himself, ‘Now what? My boss has fired me. I don’t have the strength to dig ditches, and I’m too proud to beg. 4 Ah, I know how to ensure that I’ll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired.’
“So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe him?’ 6 The man replied, ‘I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil.’ So the manager told him, ‘Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons.[a]’
“‘And how much do you owe my employer?’ he asked the next man. ‘I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat,’ was the reply. ‘Here,’ the manager said, ‘take the bill and change it to 800 bushels.[b]’
“The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light.
WHAT DOES JESUS MEAN, RESIST NOT EVIL?

38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Matthew 5:38-39 (NKJV)

          Society spends a great deal of time dwelling on injustice and victimization. The easy answer to injustice is forgiveness. Have we as a country forgiven anyone lately? Have you seen people who call themselves Christians forgive anyone lately? Or have we as a society or Christian commnity become a culture of ongoing blame and punishment?

Eg. Saw some Penn-Ohio brothers demonstrate forgiveness Wednesday morning.

          Has this country forgiven anyone recently? Or have we turned into a society of perpetual blame and punishment? It’s undoubtedly true that Jesus’s message about “resist not evil” is extremely radical, and no society has come close to living up to it. Revenge is so much easier, but unfortunately it is not only immoral but extremely un-Christian.

People seem to assume that the moment you brand someone else as evil (terrorists, Nazis, mass murderers, pedophiles, etc.), you have every right to seek revenge against them. The War on Terror is based on this notion. The first person to disagree, however, happens to be Jesus, which our right-wing religious hawks seem to ignore. If you look at the passage in the New Testament where Jesus says to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-42), the whole speech illustrates how radical Jesus’s morality actually was.

He says, in modern words:
You’ve been taught an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but I say don’t resist evil.
If someone hits you, let him hit you twice.
If someone sues you in court to get your coat, give it to him and your cloak, too.
If someone forces you to go one mile, go two.
If someone asks you for something, give it to him. If he wants to borrow money, don’t turn your back.

Now, it’s clear that no one, Christian or otherwise, lives up to these injunctions. “Resist not evil,” if carried out in real life, would lead to a society of forgiveness. Horrendous notion! If we went around forgiving everybody, either they’d completely take over and dominate us or they might forgive us in return. This second option, which Jesus perhaps had in mind, is so unthinkable that the first option is the only one society considers viable. To forgive, as we now view it, is to show weakness, and those who show weakness deserve what they get: Evil will overrun them.
The only fly in the ointment is that Jesus gave in to evil and is worshipped for it. This moral dilemma has vexed the world for centuries. Now that morality has reversed itself and punishing all evil-doers to the absolute maximum is the most Christian thing to do, we can all rest easy. Jesus’s most radical ideas have been washed clean from our memories and our conscience.

Luke 6:32-36 (NKJV)
32 But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Wise as serpents / Harmless as doves
Matthew 10:16 (NKJV)
16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

We do not plot or plan for revenge
We do plan for self-protection
        Eg. Cell phones for 911 calls
        Licensed and carrying weapons of self-defense
We forgive or enemies
We entertain no plans for revenge
We do not allow our enemies to repeat abusive behavior

http://www.biblecenter.de/bibel/cbc/resist.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOURTEEN CHARACTERISTICS OF A SERIAL KILLER

Could you be raising a criminal? Acts of violence don’t come out of nowhere, and every parent should be aware of the clues along the way. For the most violent of criminals, there are warning signs that often start in childhood. Below is a list of the 14 most common traits of serial killers.

1. Over 90 percent of serial killers are male.

2. They tend to be intelligent, with IQ’s in the “bright normal” range.

3. They do poorly in school, have trouble holding down jobs, and often work as unskilled laborers.

4. They tend to come from markedly unstable families.

5. As children, they are abandoned by their fathers and raised by domineering mothers.

6. Their families often have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories.

7. They hate their fathers and mothers.

8. They are commonly abused as children — psychologically, physically and sexually. Often the abuse is by a family member.

9. Many serial killers spend time in institutions as children and have records of early psychiatric problems.
 
10. They have high rates of suicide attempts.
 
11. From an early age, many are intensely interested in voyeurism, fetishism, and sado-masochistic pornography.

12. More than 60 percent of serial killers wet their beds beyond the age of 12. 

13. Many serial killers are fascinated with fire starting.

14. They are involved with sadistic activity or tormenting small creatures.

Source: Internal Association of Forensic Science, an article written by FBI Special Agent Robert K. Ressler "The Serial Killer," Harold Schechter

 

Antisocial/Psychopathic
Antisocial/Psychopathic types have inflated grandiosity and a pervasive pattern of taking advantage of other people.
Experts agree on the nature of the psychopath.
There is little disagreement among experts about the presence of psychopathy in certain individuals. One classic example is the criminal who scores high on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. These people show mean, callous, remorseless, coldblooded, and aggressive behavior. These are the rare folks FBI profilers encounter on the job.

1: A POWER JUNKIE

‘Serial killers typically have a real affinity with power, even when they’ve been caught and know the game is up,’ explained the experts. ‘Intent on exerting some kind of control over the people around them, they often hold back bits of crucial information in a bid to maintain power over the situation, gain attention and assert a warped sense of authority.’
Ian Brady, the Moors Murderer who was convicted of killing five children with accomplice Myra Hindley between 1963 and 1965, withheld the location of victim Keith Bennett’s body from police which many believe was to assert power and control.

 2: A MANIPULATOR

‘Apparent vulnerability and the need to please have been used effectively time and time again by serial killers as a way of hiding a sinister personality,’ continued the experts.
‘Some of the world’s best known serial killers have a frightening ability to manipulate those around them, pressing the right buttons in order to present themselves in a false light.’
‘Serial killers are also often able to manipulate a situation in order to pass the blame for their actions, using hot-button issues of the day or medical psychological research to try to explain their actions.’
‘Serial killers are also often able to manipulate a situation in order to pass the blame for their actions, using hot-button issues of the day or medical psychological research to try to explain their actions.’
Doctor Harold Shipman, for example, used his position as a medical expert to manipulate his patients into treatments that ultimately killed them while posing as a caring member of society.

3: AN EGOTISTICAL BRAGGER

Elsewhere, Real Crime and Dr Yardley said: ‘Egoistical serial killers often can’t help but brag about the atrocities they’ve committed, whether it’s aimed at their accomplices, the next victim, law enforcement, or just themselves.
‘Take Brady and Hindley for example. They revisited the burial sites on Saddleworth Moor often, taking ghoulish trophy shots of the desolate landscape as a memento of their horrendous crimes.
‘Of course, these helped incriminate the pair and lead the police to the three bodies eventually found on the Moor.’
Convicted British serial killer Trevor Hardy, dubbed Beast of Manchester for his murders of teenage girls in the 1970s, bragged about one murder to his younger brother which led to his arrest.

4: A SUPERFICIAL CHARMER

’Serial killers tend to have a very good grasp of other people’s emotions and are quick to pick up on any vulnerability or weakness in order to convince them into doing things they normally wouldn’t,’ added Dr Yardley.
‘They’ll get others on side and take charge of a situation with a mix of compliments and common sense.’
One example of such a ‘superficial charmer’ is Ted Bundy.
Shortly before his execution in 1989, serial killer Bundy confessed to 30 murders in seven states between 1974 and 1978, although it is thought he killed many more.
He raped and kidnapped woman after winning their trust, either by feigning disability using fake slings or casts, or pretending to be a policeman or person of authority.
He was often described as charming, charismatic and handsome.

 5: AN AVERAGE JOE

Meanwhile, Real Crime continued: ‘Possibly the scariest trait of all, many serial killers look like a pillar of the community on first sight.
‘However it’s a way of gaining trust, only to abuse it in the most appalling ways. This tactic has enabled many to get away with a lot of deviant stuff behind closed doors.’
Fred and Rose West, for example, appeared to be part of an everyday family.
Between 1967 and 1987, the pair tortured and raped young women and girls, killing at least 12 including family members, and burying some in their garden.
They lived in a residential street in Gloucester, in the UK.
In the US, John Wayne Gacy, nicknamed ‘Killer Clown’ was politically active in his Chicago suburb and worked hard for the local community, even performing at parties and events as a ‘Pogo’ the clown.
In private, he raped and murdered teenage boys, burying their remains on the grounds of his house.