A Columbian by the name of Luis Garavito, also known as “the beast” was more than just a nickname given to him. Born in January 25,1957, Luis Garavito grew amongst a family of being the oldest of seven children. He lived in the rural areas of a beaten down and poor community of one of Columbia’s neighborhoods. Fast forward to the 1900’s, when the real torment began to happen. Children and younger adults ranging from the ages eight to sixteen began to become classified as missing or found dead, brutally murdered and raped. Then in 1997, a graveyard was found with the bodies of around 36 boys which led to the manhunt of this serial killer, the serial killer which is now known to be one of the worst serial killers known to date. Disguising himself as either a priest or monk, or promising money and presents, Luis Garavito would lure his victims in, traveling from various parts of Columbia until he was caught in 1999, charged with only twenty-two years and as much as 200 counts of murders, giving this monster the rightful nickname of “the beast”.

Luis Garavito grew up poor already in a big family, meaning that he was just threw in the bunch with not a lot of resources of family relationship or nurture. He became an alcoholic, getting drunk and walking the streets. Not only did he walk the streets drunk but he had also been suffering early stages of a psychosis that ultimately led to his monstrous acts. Luis began to drink because he said that his father was extremely abusive. Living in the unhealthy environment he was in, he was beaten daily. Not only was he beaten, but he had even went to saying that his father would sexually assault him and his brothers. Suffering from this physical and mental abuse can take a toll on a person’s well-being, especially in an individual that was already having psychotic issues growing up. “In multivariate models controlling for age, sex, childhood adversities, and family background, we found that childhood physical abuse predicted a graded increase in depression, anxiety, anger, physical symptoms, and medical diagnoses”. Psychologists had found that a higher percentage of children that had underwent a physical or mental abuse, concluded in having an assortment of one or many psychological problems.

This serial killer had killed his victims and mutilated their bodies. All younger children that resembled Luis Garavito as a child. Luis could have seen himself in these children and grew some sexual attraction to them. Luis Garavito felt as if he needed power, as if he needed to play the role of god, to make decisions that were only made by him. He chose his victims, picking younger smaller boys that could not put up a fight. His sense of self image was given to him by the father that made the monster he was. Luis would leave his home in an act of abandonment to leave these acts of abuse. As he left his home, then began his drinking. Already suffering from the psychosis that was molded at his raising, his drinking had only made his psychosis worse. He than chose his first victim, a young boy that was the son of a street vendor. Luis kidnapped him and took him to one his graveyards in which he began to kill and sexually assault the young boy, mutilating his body and digging up in various parts of the grave. One after another, the assaults and killings began to grow. Killing his victims in various ways, he took the role of the abusive parent, being his father, torturing the poor and homeless given him the boost in ego that Luis felt he needed. “The pairing of character pathology with paraphilic arousal to the control and degradation of others is examined as it manifests itself in their murders”.

If this monster was treated better in a childhood that was actually healthy and supportive, Luis could have lived a better life. In many serial killers, the problem begins early on in their childhood. Caused mainly by problems from parents or the environment around them, deals damage to their way of life and way of thinking clearly. “Delusions are a cognitive effort by the patient to make sense of these aberrantly salient experiences, whereas hallucinations reflect a direct experience of the aberrant salience of internal representations”. Luis would blame his acts of horror and terror on a spirit of evil that would take control of him; making him commit these murders. Luis “the beast’ Garavito , was now bringing in a stage of psychosis into play,  a stage of schizophrenia that would label him insane. As in Cohens “Monster Culture”, Thesis I states that “The Monster’s Body is a Cultural Body” relates to the monster never being just what it is. In this case, Luis, already being the monster that he was, had another monster living in him; a demon that he would tell police controlled him to commit these acts of murder.

From the acts of murder to his childhood, Luis Garavito became the monster he is known as today. He manipulated and took advantage of his victims, just how his father had did with him. He thirsted for the power that was dealt between the altercations with his father and craved the strength of a godly being. Because of the environment presented to him as a child and because of the way he was both physically and mentally abused, Luis grew on his long running of killing sprees. A Columbian by the name of Luis Garavito, also known as “the beast” was more than just a nickname given to him now and will be noted a one of the most horrific serial killers. Behind every there is a story, ranging from evil in each one of them. Links to how and why they were committed is now being understood, to prevent such a way to stop from ever growing the seed to sprouting into what could be. A child is to live a life of happiness and be brought up by people that care. Especially as a role as parents, they are their eyes, their acts. They watch and learn from what is presented and mold a bond between the way they are raised. Luis was unfortunate, growing up in the community he did with the amount of resources and income he had. To the parents that raised him, killing his childhood by the sexual assault and physical abuse and mental abuse. He was destined to grow in a world of pain and agony because of the selfish and inhumane acts of the ones who created him. A monster that was born through hate and torture, who cried as he was caught in his pool of obscene and disturbing acts. A monster that was once a baby of pureness, was dealt a hand of distrust and what he did was play it. There is no excuse for what he had done, no excuse for the murders he committed, but if we can understand one thing, it is that we need to be a society of understanding what could be become of us if not taught to live a healthy life.



“Long-Term physical and mental health consequences of childhood physical abuse: Results from a large population-Based sample of men and women.” Child Abuse & Neglect, Pergamon, 29 May 2007, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213407000865.

 This article was talking about the effects children suffer after a period of time under mental and physical abuse. It showed the percentage of children had a higher risk of problems such a schizophrenia and mental issues when a parent or loved one had altered their way of life by hurting them. It taught me that children are like sponges, they see and learn at a very  young age and are taught on some ways how to live their future lives by the ways their parents show them through verbal and physical actions.


Warren, JI, et al. “The Sexually Sadistic Serial Killer.” Journal of Forensic Science, ASTM International, 1 Nov. 1996, www.astm.org/DIGITAL_LIBRARY/JOURNALS/FORENSIC/PAGES/JFS14033J.htm.

This article talked about the sexual tendencies a killer gains through power. It talked about how having a sense of power or other form of strength gave that individual a boost in ego. Sexual tendencies are fulfilled by the need of killers and the serial killer I chose had one of younger boys who were poor and living in a rural community which resembled him as a child.

Willem H.J. Martens. “The Hidden Suffering of the Psychopath.” Vol. 19, ser. 1, Dec. 31st, 2001, pp.1—4. This article had talked about the problems that the killer had went through in his own mind. Luis Garavito had demons in his head in which he had blamed all the killings for. He had said that it would tell him what to do, and kind of gave him a split personality in which he could blame his killings on. He had been living a life of torment and in many cases, a lot of cases of foul play such as his involve a third-party to what the causes for the murders were.