We are all well versed in a killer's prediliction to hurting and maiming others--but what about when a killer also hurts themselves? In this episode, we plunge into the world of paraphilic disorders: "recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are distressing or disabling and that involve inanimate objects, children or nonconsenting adults, or suffering or humiliation of oneself or the partner with the potential to cause harm." First, we look at overall self harm and self-injurious behavior (primarily cutting) and trace its orgiins throughout history; next, we explore self harm's darker twin and find out what forms and functions paraphilic disorder serves to its practitioners. Our case studies include the notorious Albert Fish, an unrepetant serial killer, child rapist, and cannibal; Robert Black, a Scottish serial killer and pedophile, and Joanna Dennehy, a spree killer with a history of self harm.
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