David Parker Ray What makes a person get to the point that they want to take another person’s life, or inflict pain on another human being just for the pure pleasure of it? To understand a serial killer it is necessary to look into their pastto see if there was any mental problems as a child or teenager. Poverty or low socioeconomic status and childhood abuse and humiliation can cause many serial killers to feel worthless and inadequate, so terrifying victims is a sense of power (Social Structure Theories Chapter 6). In the case of David Parker Ray, according to the book Cries in the Desert, by John Glatt, David Ray grew up in a violent atmosphere. David Ray was born on November 6, 1939 in Belen, New Mexico; his father was an alcoholic and would beat David on any given occasion. Growing up David was a very docile child, who lived under a very strict household with his grandparents. By the age of thirteen David became interested as a mechanic and found a sense of pride and confidence. On a darker side David also became very interested in the world of sadomasochism and torture, he would fantasize of tying up women and torturing them (Cries in the Desert, John Glatt). According to Dr. Anderson; sexually sadistic fantasies help control a child’s fears and is an outlet for hostility and aggression. aircraft mechanic, after receiving his certificate he and his family moved to Tulsa, OK. There he worked as a teacher at the Spartan School of Aeronautics (Cries in the Desert, John Glatt). Soon his marriage fell apart; and he would move constantly never staying in one place for long. He married again in the 1980’s to a local girl in Phoenix, AZ; this is when his sinister activities became more of a part of his life. David would be fine for months at a time before his sexual addiction would kick it and he would hire prostitutes and use them for bondage sessions at his home. His older daughter Jesse would see this behavior and was confused, she even reported this to...
References: May 17, 2008, from Axia College, Week Four reading, aXcess, ADJ/215- Crime Library. David Parker: The Toy Box Killer. Retrieved on May 15, 2008 From http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/index.html John Glatt. Cries in the Desert. Retrieved on May 18, 2008 from
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