Yes, it is exactly what you thought it was and then some. Killing purely for the act and excitement of it. A thrill kill is a premeditated murder just for the thrill of it. And this isn’t nothing new.
Thrill killings have been circulating and happening among us for years now. But to me, a thrill killer is just another name for a complete psychopath. To plan the murder of an unsuspecting stranger is quite sickening, just from the thought alone.
Perhaps I’m having such an unusual emotional reaction because I’m aware of what it meant to be black in America, as well as currently learning and living black in America.
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You may have come to the same conclusion, a thrill killing is a planned murder, simply for the pure excitement and adrenaline. The same kind of rush some of us get from amusement parks or even sky diving, is sought out through murderous acts. From the stalking, until the point a stranger is apprehended, tortured and killed. Imagine, just being the victim of somebody else misery. Someone who is dissatisfied with their own circumstance and happiness come along just to victimize, terrorize, and primarily perpetuate hate and pain. Which leads to a bigger question; is this a microcosm of the society we wholeheartedly indulge and embrace?
One of the most infamous thrill killer, who went by the alias, Zodiac, wrote on one of his letters, “Killing is so much fun. It’s even better than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal. To kill gives me the most thrilling experience. It’s even better than getting your rocks off with a girl.” A hedonistic serial killer, who never got caught. In my opinion, thrill killing is more familiar to communities consisting mainly of people of melanin, predominantly because how we are penned into history.
We are feared and misunderstood. As well as feared on the grounds that we are understood. We aren’t as openly hated so it’s harder to differentiate who our enemies really are from those who just play the part well, especially, when overall, we are people of forgiveness and empathy. Many may not have been aware, but according to BBC News, the U.S recently just passed their first anti-lynching law, in December of 2018, making lynching officially illegal in the country. Which means, ever since the “abolition” of slavery, to be a strange fruit, hanging from the poplar tree, even in modern-day society, was only a civil rights offense.
Who is to say the victims who get hung in places like Georgia, Ada, Oklahoma, Atlanta or even Mississippi, weren’t unfortunate targets of a senseless thrill killing perpetuated by hate, lack of understanding, and suffering from the inability to critical think on their own? How can I assure all the police killings of unarmed black men and children isn’t apart of an unspoken thrill kill movement? How do I know the many black children that go missing is strategic?
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And most importantly, how would society feel if I was educating my young children on how to defend themselves, the moment they feel threatened? Would you still push for integration? Or would you flip it to make it seems like our actions reinforce your rhetoric of us typically being ruffians and barbarians? From a different perspective, it’s safe to theorize that some thrill kills stretch farther than the physical.
“When I was on the police department in Virginia, I was often dispatch the calls of a “suspicious black male” and, in response, I would ask via the radio, “What is he doing?” My question was simple. Just what is he doing that makes him suspicious, other than being a black male? Generally, when I did this, my mostly white fellow officers would key the radio microphone to make a clicking sound in a show of sarcastic disapproval at my question, and a supervisor might call me to ensure that I was responding to the call. Most times these calls involved nothing more than a black man waiting for a bus; he was just waiting for the bus in the “wrong” neighborhood. Another time, a black guy was passing out flyers. Another time, a kid and his girlfriend had a tryst planned in a secret meeting place during the day. It was always innocuous stuff. It’s not that we shouldn’t investigate “suspicious” people, but what makes them suspicious?”