Biological Criminal Behavior

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Biological Criminal Behavior Arrianna Taylor, Carrie Kilduff, Kelly Jones, Ramondo Gaines, Sarah Colon, and Stephani Staler CJA/314 April 21, 2012 Renee Grengs, MSCJ Biological Criminal Behavior “The psychopath is unable to feel sorry for others in unfortunate situations or put himself in another’s place, whether or not they have been harmed by him” (“What is a Psychopath?”, April 16, 2009). Psychopathic individuals ignore consequences and are incapable of natural emotions. This behavior describes the mental instability exhibited by Andrea Yates, who murdered her children in 2001 by drowning them in bath water (Denno, 2003). Subsequently, Yates was sentenced to prison but professionals diagnosed her afterward with insanity and postpartum depression, leading to her acquittal. Genetically induced psychotic behaviors caused Yates to commit a heinous crime without remorse and receive a lesser sentence in criminal court. Genetic Evidence and Psychological Factors in Criminal Behavior Biology plays a major role in the case of Andrea Yates. Although unknown to Yates in the beginning, her immediate family had a history of mental illnesses. Her brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and two other siblings suffered from depression. After her oldest child was born, Yates developed postpartum psychosis, which caused her to experience hallucinations of stabbings (McLellan, December 2, 2006). Her next three children were born in rapid succession, which left her hormones in an almost constant state of flux. When she gave birth to her fourth child, Yates tried to commit suicide and was admitted to a hospital where she received medication she refused to take (McLellan, December 2, 2006). With her hormonal imbalance and refusal to take the appropriate medication, her condition continued to spiral out of control. Medical experts told Andrea she would be
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