*I’ve never met CPH, have never spoken with him or seen him. This is merely my assumptions based on the psychological process.*
If I didn’t know about CPH’s history, I bet I would probably get along well with him. He’s a smart guy and probably easy to talk to. He could probably engage in an intelligent discussion of many topics, and I can appreciate that. He instituted a program to train police officers in the use of defibrillators, which has saved countless lives. I don’t know his children personally, but from what I do understand about them is that they have become decent adults, so I believe he’s done a decent job as a father. He’s been married for longer than many couples and his wife has come to his defense, which tells me he’s done a decent job as a husband. All this barely scratches the surface of CPH’s psychology.
Dennis Rader (BTK) on the surface was your typical middle-class husband and father, much like CPH. I’ve done quite a bit of research of Dennis Rader before coming across the LISK case. It is a very detailed case to study because when Dennis Rader was caught, he gave intricate details of his stalking and his murders and why and how he did these gruesome actions. He escaped police detection for 30 years. What got him caught?
An FBI agent wrote a book about his hunt for BTK and the author’s opinions of who BTK was didn’t coincide with how Dennis Rader saw himself. Dennis Rader had the psychological need to set the record straight. He started vetting his victim. In doing so, he began taunting the police like he had in the past. He created a hard disc (before CD’s were used) that had the computer and author’s identity. He sent it to police, and it led to his capture.
Dennis Rader’s psychological need to “set the record straight” was all it took to get him caught. Why did he do that after 30 years of going undetected? A rational mind makes it hard to grasp that concept. Looking from the outside in, it is hard to imagine a serial killer would “out” himself like that. It was his need for control.
The FBI profiler who wrote that first book, John Douglas, about BTK went on to write another after Rader’s capture. It’s an incredibly detailed, easy to follow understanding of the psychology of this murderer, BTK. This psychological profile, in my opinion, fits the same mold as LISK… CPH.
Technology has advanced since BTK’s murders and capture. It’s been almost 10 years since BTK was caught. LISK’s murders, taunts, and the need to “set the record straight” has also advanced with the latest technological advances. In other words, he’s had to adapt. He does this well, and most likely prides himself in that ability.
Since LISK’s first kills, more than 20 years ago, he’s had time to perfect his “skills”, his way of capturing his victims, his ability to avoid detection… all this has done (in his mind) blows his ego immensely. Just like any “normal”, white-collared man would work on perfecting his job skills, LISK does the same with his end goal: murder. To be able to wrap your mind around this concept, imagine your life to this point in your job/career. Have you worked your way up in your field? Did you do your job the same as you did 20 years ago? Most likely not, because you don’t move up by continuing to do the same as you did 20 years ago. You learn. You adapt. You perfect your skills.