Police Psychology | MS-13
by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D. ABPP
Last week four young men were murdered on Long Island, brutally murdered with machetes. Rumors say their tongue were cut out and they were castrated. It is obvious some sociopathic pleasure was derived from their mutilation. Could it be an initiation for a gang, an attempt to leave a gang, or perhaps some kids who denied an invitation to join a gang? It was a message killing. You see, it was the MO of a few of gang killings in the last year when they hacked up a couple of teenage girls with machetes one town over, so they figured it was the same gang. Long Island, home of the uppity Hamptons, the Gold Coast, the Great Gatsby and New York City’s billionaires. And it is happening more than just on Long Island.
Yes, MS-13 is everywhere and lately in the news. It is rumored that gang initiation means you must be beaten up by four or five gang members or you must brutally beat someone else, or kill them. For girls, it means you must allow yourself to be gang raped by at least six members. “Jumping in” is what undergoing the initiation is called, but some gang members are spared the dramatic beat downs. All must have someone in the gang recommend them, unless they don’t. The rules are just not clear from group to group. Why would someone join such a gang? (more…)