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Why do we fetishize serial killers?
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The “Bad Boy” Attraction to serial killers

Bad boys are attractive. They live outside of society’s rules and do whatever they want. Because they are so cool, people can’t help but admire them.

The Argument

Bad boys are attractive. The “bad boy” mentality has been around for years. In “The Breakfast Club”, John Bender is a sympathetic bad boy. He has a complicated and annoying personality. But he’s revered as someone who portrays the rebellion in all high school teenagers. Bad boys’ independence gets them a lot of attention.[1] Since serial killers are "bad boys" who defy the law, they are attractive.

Counter arguments

Bad boys bring a lot of trouble. Bad boys are “bad” because of their delinquent behavior. But serial killers go beyond a high school delinquent or college jock. They take people’s lives. Therefore, serial killers shouldn't be seen as attractive.



[P1] Serial killers are bad boys. [P2] Bad boys are attractive to the public.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Serial killers are more than bad boys. They are criminals that have killed people and hurt their families.


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