If you asked me, I would probably say that in my opinion these two disorders have nothing in common. Reading more about serial killers I realize that someone who’s obsessed in killing must have not only a very troubled childhood (and having a troubled childhood can mean many things such as sexual abuse in early age, head injury, divorced parents etc. ) but also a background with mental disorders.
Mental disorders can affect more than the 80% of our lives. On the other hand, there are some disorders or disabilities who affect us 100% such as Autism and Asperger syndrome. For that there has been studies about how Autism syndrome affects people in a way to kill?
Researchers from Glasgow discovered a connection between Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a head injury and a psycho-social disorder, such as that caused by exposure to abuse in childhood or parental divorce. The study showed that among all the 239 eligible killers, 28% of killers were believed to have suffered from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and a 7% suffered a suspected head injury. Dr Clare Allely also explained that ‘’a complex between neurodevelopmental problems and psycho-social factors are most likely to lead to incidences of this kind. ‘’ They also found that more than 21 per cent had suffered a definite or suspected head injury, of which 13 per cent also had evidence of ASD traits. Moreover out of the 106 killers with ASD and head injury, 55% had experienced psycho-social stressors.
With reference to the search, Carol Povey, Director of The National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism expressed his thoughts saying : ‘’This is a very serious issue and research like this is vital if we are to develop preventive strategies. But we would urge people not to jump to conclusions about people with autism and to make judgments about a whole section of society. This and previous research shows that the vast majority of individuals with autism are law abiding and respect the rules of society. Indeed, in many cases, individuals with autism are unusually concerned to keep the letter of the law, due to the nature of the disability. This research reaffirms the importance of ensuring that people with autism get the support they need as early as possible.’’
Considering all the above I believe that society must take more serious, as Carol Povey said, people with Autism and several disabilities in order , not only to avoid future criminal cases from people who suffer from mental disorder and ASD, but also for everyone to accept and understand what Autism is and to stop considering autistic people as unstable or criminals.