The Clown Killer: Psychological torture

As strange as it seems, there are a number of possibilities as to why a person would dress up like a clown to commit a murder. One possibility is that the person is psychotic and has lost touch with reality.

The clown may have also had some meaning, like a private history, that was relevant to their relationship.

Another possibility is that she planned to dress like a clown so as to frighten and psychologically torture her victim in order to cause the most possible pain before she killed her.

Think of psychological torture as being similar to any other form of torture but without any physical contact. It can be performed with words, props, or even sensory deprivation.

I’ll be talking about these concepts Thursday at 9 a.m. on WPBF ABC 25.

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