Crime Causation Essay

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Crime Causation and the Iceman CJA/303 February 23, 2010 John Seale Crime Causation and the Iceman Crime Causation; why was a crime committed and what led the individual to commit the crime? Criminologists have developed theories in order to categorize and begin to explain the criminal mind in order to determine crime causation. Previously, criminals were typically categorized through profiling or labeling, either done from the individual’s race, age, or gender. However this method does not assist law enforcement agencies to legitimately track or prevent the same types of crimes from reoccurring, so a new method was developed; crime causation. These theories are best illustrated through the application of notorious criminals and their deviant acts. When studied individually, the obvious “cause” of crime can be significantly different from the reason the offender had in mind when breaking the law, and the theories of crime causation begin to decipher these reasons. Crime causation involves several different factors; the influences on an individual during early childhood: experiences like poor parenting, the attempt (conscious and subconscious) to imitate an individual’s peer, the individual’s immersion in poverty, having poor opportunities, living in a community with high crime, the values and lifestyles of promenade members of the community which is admired by the individual, and lastly, an individual’s genetic and biological influences (Frank Schmalleger, 2009, p. 121). Of all the excessive crimes which occurred in the twentieth century, one of the most memorable crimes in the north eastern region of the United States is the case of Richard Kuklinski, as known as, the “Iceman”. According to Crime USA (2008) “Richard Kuklinski was one of the most self confessed contract killers in American History” (Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, para 1).

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