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Book Title: The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough|
The author of the book: Anne E. Schwartz
Edition: Citadel Press
Date of issue: December 31st 1991
ISBN 13: 9781559721172
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JEFFREY DAHMER AND THE PROBLEM OF FREE WILL
Jeffrey Dahmer, the one-man abattoir, whose terrible life was a monument to waste, pain and squalor, makes us confront, once again, the business of being a human being and what that actually amounts to. Specifically, do we, in fact, have any free will or are we meat puppets?
Jeffrey killed 17 young men. From May to July 1991 he was killing one a week. He was trying to perfect a method of turning a young man into a sex zombie. There was a lot of trial and error involved.
You know, you have free will to go to Sainsbury's and not Tesco's, but you don't have free will to choose whether to eat or not. It's very clear JD had a compulsion. It's also clear that what drives people crazy about these kinds of murderers is when they are called MAD not BAD. Lawyers distinguish between the “irresistible impulse” and “the impulse not resisted”. For a lot of people, MAD is saying oh, well, they couldn't help themselves, they have no responsibility. Send that boy to a secure mental hospital and give him therapy. Because the legal system is an either/or thing. The jury can't decide that you're 75% bad and 25% mad. (Send his legs to the mental hospital and the rest of him to Sing Sing.)
So people want to say that Jeffrey had the free will not to do what he did. The people who want Jeffrey to be considered as BAD and say he had the free will choice not to murder young men are arguing something like – well, you know, we'd ALL like to have a couple of sex zombies, but we have to understand that that would be WRONG, and most of us DO understand that. But this guy Dahmer, he thought the rules didn't apply to him. He was a very bad man.
The free-willers must run into problems when they come across people who are really mad, like extreme schizophrenics. Herbert Mullin in 1973 thought that killing people would stop the next big earthquake hitting California, so he went around randomly killing people. I mean to say, that's definitely mad, not bad.
So there is such a thing as mad, and the mad are the puppets of their madness. They don't have free will. Laing argued in the 70s that people chose to be mad as a logical response to an impossible situation in their life. He hasn't had many followers.
If there is no free will there is no evil. An animal cannot be evil. A pit bull terrier who savages a child is not evil. Free will is an essential aspect of being human, though , isn’t it? It would be so humiliating to think we actually didn’t have it, that it was a comforting myth.
Is free will such a good thing? Our most revered human institutions explicitly work to eradicate free will from their members and announce that this is a good thing – the armed forces, who wish orders to be obeyed without question, and whose basic training is designed to turn young men into machines; and the Church whose motto is "not my will but thine" i.e. God's.
WHAT WAS JEFFREY THINKING?
How do we figure a guy like Jeffrey Dahmer? How was his mind working when he brought a new guy back to his apartment and started plying him with drugs and alcohol? He could have been thinking -
- this is wrong. I really want to turn this guy into a sex zombie but I mustn’t because it’s really horrible. I’m just like an alcoholic. I hate myself and I should never have been born
- this is wrong, I really want to turn this guy into a sex zombie but I mustn’t because I’ll get caught
- this is wrong, but I just can't help it, I'm completely addicted. If gay sex zombies already existed I wouldn't be in this situation. People just don't understand.
- people think turning guys into sex zombies is wrong but I just don’t see it that way. I’m a cool guy with a whole different set of morals than those brainwashed idiots. The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough by Anne E. Schwartz