If you have a certain fascination with serial killers and the psychology behind what sends them down a murderous path — as many people do, especially now that true crime podcasts are such a big thing — then you're probably interested in what they have in common, like family histories, underlying conditions, and so on. But have you ever considered the most common zodiac signs among serial killers, as another possible link?
In a quest to figure out if there's a connection between serial killers and zodiac signs, Bustle researched America's most notorious murderers, such as Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and David Berkowitz. From there, we expanded out to Canada, Europe, and beyond to include the likes of Robert Pickton and Rosemary West. In doing so, we created a list of the 25 biggest serial killers of our time, and then began looking into the zodiac signs.
In terms of the traits common among serial killers, many tend to "be highly charismatic because they have learned and honed the fine art of magnetizing people," Dr. Perpetua Neo, a clinical psychologist, tells Bustle. "This is the spider web they weave to entice people," get them to trust, and potentially let their guards down.
Other traits include a lack of empathy, Neo says, as well as an indifference towards cruelty. "Cognitive empathy is the ability to put ourselves in someone's perspective, even if we cannot feel it," she says, "[such as] when I describe something to you, and you understand why people act the way they do, and you respond appropriately. Serial killers often lack affective empathy."
While it's not fair to say certain zodiac signs are more likely to commit murder, it is interesting to consider which signs cropped up most often on our list. Read on below for more about these famous serial killers, and their zodiac signs.