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A "wound collector" is a pathology referring to criminals who use slights, grievances, and wrongdoings as a justification for their violence. This term is normally used to refer to people motivated by a terrorist ideology, but it is also easily applicable to any kind of criminal depending on the motive, and even a nation or state. Normal, law-abiding people can also fall under the category if they habitually bring up grievances.

DefinitionEdit

In Psychology Today, author, public speaker, and ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro defined the term "wound collector" as:

"[I]ndividuals, both in terrorism matters and elsewhere who, because of personality traits: collect social slights, historical grievances, or wrongs for reasons that personally benefit them or their belief system. The collection of these grievances goes beyond what one normally experiences in life; after all, we have all had slights and we have all been unfairly treated at some point. These individuals use these wrongs, slights, or wounds, to then justify their beliefs or behaviors, or to help them deal with their own psychological or social distress."

Navarro also defined the very act of "wound collecting" as:

"[T]individuals, both in terrorism matters and elsewhere who, because of personality traits: collect social slights, historical grievances, or wrongs for reasons that personally benefit them or their belief system. The collection of these grievances goes beyond what one normally experiences in life; after all, we have all had slights and we have all been unfairly treated at some point. These individuals use these wrongs, slights, or wounds, to then justify their beliefs or behaviors, or to help them deal with their own psychological or social distress."

On Criminal MindsEdit

  • Edward Hill ("Poison") used the wrongdoings done onto him by his former workplace, Hitchcock Pharmaceuticals, as a justification for his string of poisonings targeting random civilians.
  • Amber Canardo ("The Perfect Storm") used her abuse and rape at the hands of her father and brother, and how her mother lied to the police to protect them, as a justification for her killings.
  • Sarah Danlin ("Jones") used her rape, and how her rapists managed to get away with the crime, as a justification for her killings.
  • Gary ("Children of the Dark") used his childhood abuse at the hands of his former foster parents as a justification for his killings of couples.
  • Kaman Scott ("Devil's Night") used the various wrongdoings done onto him by his victims as a justification for killing them.
  • Ben Bradstone ("Proof") used his constant romantic rejections by his sister-in-law, Lyla Smith, as well as his discovery about how she felt about kissing him when they were in their teens, as a justification for his killings.
  • John Myers ("The Silencer") used the childhood abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother, as well as how he was forced to take part in a medical trial, as a justification for his initial killings.
  • John Curtis ("The Silencer", "The Apprenticeship", "Magnificent Light", "Zugzwang", "Broken", "Carbon Copy", "Brothers Hotchner", and "The Replicator") used his demotion in the FBI, and the subsequent downfall of his career, as a justification for taunting the BAU and committing his murders.
  • Donnie Bidwell ("Carbon Copy") used his wrongful arrest by the BAU and the divorce of his wife as a justification for his killings.
  • Wayne Gulino ("The Return") used his termination from the Chicago Police Department as a justification for his proxy killings.
  • Sue Walsh ("Gabby") used her molestation's at the hands of her uncle and how her cousin was never molested by him as a justification for having said cousin's daughter abducted.
  • James Burke ("Hero Worship") used his termination from the Indianapolis school board as a justification for his bombings and arson.
  • Peter Lewis ("Mr. Scratch", "The Crimson King", "Mirror Image", and "Red Light") used his father's wrongful incarceration and subsequent murder in prison as a justification for his initial proxy killings.
  • In the Season Nine episode Angels, the BAU profiled a ring of corrupt Sheriff's Deputies (who they believed to be a lone unsub at the time) as a "wound collector" who was motivated by a hatred of prostitutes. This aspect of the profile was later disproved when the Deputies' true motives were uncovered.

Real WorldEdit

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