Signs showing that a child might be a psychopath in the future can be noticed when a person is 3 years old. The actions of the parents sometimes push children to demonstrate these signs. The problem is that the parents don’t usually think that the signs are significant.
Bright Side has found some key features of children with psychopathic traits. Many serial killers behaved like this in their early childhood and, unfortunately, nobody noticed it in time.
Let’s start with the Macdonald triad. These are 3 signs of child behavior which indicate (with a very high probability) that such children are inclined to committing very violent crimes in the future. The triad was created by J.M. Macdonald, an American psychiatrist who analyzed the behavior of around 100 criminals.
1. Animal cruelty
Animal cruelty is one of the most obvious signs of a psychopathic disorder in a child. If you explain to a child that it’s not OK to pull the cat’s tail or to jerk the dog’s leash and the child understands and does not repeat these actions in the future, then you have nothing to worry about. But when children violently abuse animals or even kill them, that’s when it’s time to step in and take action. This is a way that future serial killers express their anger using absolutely defenseless animals. What’s more is that they often kill their victims in the same or similar ways as they harm the animals. The connection between animal abuse and psychopathy is so obvious that the FBI in the US even started recording the cases of animal abuse in their annual criminal reports.
Look at the photo below. This is Jeffrey Dahmer, an Americal serial killer who was got 15 life sentences. Notice the way he is holding the kitten.