Originally Posted by oink
Part of the Dexter puppy thing is most real serial killers begin torturing animals from a very early age and graduate to humans when they get older.
This was the point of including the scene in this series.
I have heard this and am not sure that it is that much of a causation perhaps being more like a correlation along the lines of: most serial killers have done sadistic acts to animals at young ages but most children who do sadistic acts to animal do not turn out to be serial killers. In the flashbacks we've seen, Harry always told Dexter that he was in fact a serial killer. I don't think Dexter ever really had a choice. There doesn't seem to be a doubt that Dexter says he has a physical need to kill, but again, if you are able to control it to the degree that Dexter does, he should be able to control it even more.
"While most serial killers have animal abuse or torture in common, the reverse is not necessarily true. Just because a child has abused an animal does not predict a future as a mass murderer."
Apparently, some animals are serial killers:
http://www.cracked.com/article_19737_5-terrifying-serial-killers-who-happened-to-be-animals.htmlEdited by daryl zero - 10/12/12 at 1:24pm