Biological Criminal Behavior

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Biological Criminal Behavior, or “Deviant behavior” is any behavior that is usually different than what society portrays it as. There are a number of theories that can cause a person to exhibit such behavior. Some of those theories are a biological state, psychological state and sociological state. The different theories see this particular crime as possibly illness caused by a number of factors. Criminals in the world date back as far as the B.C. years. Theories, or studies, have been conducted over 100’s of years to determine why people commit crimes or what makes them commit a crime. Genes prove that biology plays an important role in an individual’s criminal behavior and some believe the criminal gene, or desire, is inherited. Criminal behavior has spurned many debates on nurturing kids vs. the nature of kids but have all concluded in agreeing that genes and environment play an important, and defining role, in the Biological Criminality of a person. “Andrea Yates was born on July 2, 1964, in Houston, Texas. She was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life, but a court of appeals reversed the conviction and found her insane. In 1999, Yates was treated for postpartum depression and psychosis, illnesses that ran in her family. After the birth of her fifth child and the death of her father, she went into a severe depression and was forcefully admitted to Devereux-Texas Treatment Network. There, Dr. Mohammed Saeed prescribed a series of psychotropic drug treatments. He also abruptly tapered off the antipsychotic Haldol, a medication that helped Andrea recover in 1999. On June 20, 2001, during the hour between her husband leaving for work and her mother-in-law arriving, Andrea Yates drowned all five of her children in the bathtub. Debra M. Osterman, a psychiatrist with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, Tex., said

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