Micki Pistorius Quotes
“He experienced a severe rejection when his sister left the family when he was ten years old. She had abandoned him and he was very angry with her. Mhlengwa chose victims who represented his sister and raped them to act out the sexual fantasies of the Oedipus phase and he killed them to act out the aggressive fantasies that resulted from his anger at being rejected.”
“As soon as the adult serial killer’s fragile ego and self-esteem are threatened by any form of rejection or pain, the original childhood agony is triggered and he feels the irresistible urge to act out this powerful fantasy, which is the only way he perceives to restore the psychological imbalance.”
“During the trial he claimed that he suffered from Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), or Dissociative Personality Disorder as it is now called. In my opinion, a serial killer cannot suffer from MPD because the cause of MPD and the cause of serial homicide differ. When children are abused at a young age, as Nolan was, they have several options of mental defence mechanism. The person with MPD develops split personalities as a defence mechanism, thereby repressing the abuse to the subconscious, but he does not develop revenge fantasies. The serial killer does develop revenge fantasies, thereby acknowledging the abuse, and he acts out these fantasies. The two defence mechanisms are totally different and do not overlap. A serial killer cannot, therefore, suffer from MPD because his defence mechanism is vastly different from that of the MPD sufferer.”
“In my opinion, an interesting switch had taken place. Boetie had been a passive victim of emotional, sexual and physical abuse as a child. As an adult he identified with the aggressor and did to others what had been done to him. When he was imprisoned he could no longer vent his anger and suffering and reverted back to the role of the passive victim, allocating the role of active persecutors to his victims.”
“Serial killers are not born serial killers, but develop as a result of deep ingrained pain and unbearable rejection. It is tragic that they avenge their misery on innocent people who have had absolutely no part in causing their initial suffering, save that they unconsciously remind the serial killer of his first tormentor.”
“When we reached the office I started writing urgently. For the first time since I had been compiling profiles I also wrote in the first person singular. I described his general modus operandi as if he was telling it himself. Then I tackled each crime scene separately and, still writing in the first person singular, I described the subtle changes that crept in, how his fantasy developed, the mistakes he made, how he tried to correct them and how he improved.”
“I have found that most serial killers suffer from personality disorders rather than mental diseases. People with personality disorders have rigid personality structures and often have difficulties with interpersonal relationships, but they are not mad. On the other hand, people suffering from mental diseases may lose contact with reality, hallucinate and deteriorate in their general functioning.”
- Description: Micki Pistorius, who has a doctorate in psychology, spent six years as a profiler with the South African Police Service. As head of their investigative psychology unit, she was involved in more than thirty serial killer cases and participated in the training of more than a hundred detectives in the investigation of serial homicides. She is regularly invited to lecture in France and still acts as a consultant to different South African agencies.
She is the author of Catch me a Killer, Strangers on the Street, Fatal Females, and Profiling Serial Killers and other crimes in South Africa,all published by Penguin. Her first novel, Sorg, was published by Penguin in 2006.
Micki’s official website is available at www.mickipistorius.co.za.