Gary Ridgway: Serial Killers

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Sociology is the study social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior (American Sociological Association). In society, rules, norms, and values are developed for the stability in a society. In the circumstances of the Robert William Pickton case, the theory of George M. Head states that individuals learn and react from interactions within a society. Society shapes an individual as they are shaping the society. One’s individuality comes from their experiences in the past and present within a society. With regards to Pickton, he was charged with 15 first-degree murders, but none of the trails started until later on. Due to the delay of Pickton’s trial schedule, the judicial system dealing with these cases…show more content…
He was born on February 18, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah (Biography, 2015). Ridgway’s first murder was committed in 1982 of young teenagers who had left their home and also prostitutes. He brought many of them to his home and strangled them, leaving them in remote sites, most of them ended up in the Green River (Biography, 2015). Ridgway received many life sentences but made a deal with investigators that he would reveal the hidden bodies where his confession would subsidize the consequences. Sigmund Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis was that people’s actions were impacted by their unconscious mind. It was clear that Ridgway had no concern for what he was doing. He told a forensic psychologist, “I never really thought about it” (The Seattle Times, 2003). Ridgway lacked the feeling of putting himself in the victim’s shoes and seeing what it would feel like to be helpless with a deadly serial killer. The mental feeling that the women get when encountering Gary Ridgway has a major affect on their personal privacy. This leads into the theory of feminism, Ridgway was a feminist that did not value women and felt that males had a strong power than woman. He grew up in an underprivileged neighbourhood and was very poor. He had to work hard for his money and ended up painting trucks for 30 years, during this time he had regular visits with prostitutes. Ridgway growing up around this society developed him into a man who undervalued women and also felt to gain power after living a very broken-childhood, which is why violence upon women was his escape to accomplish a sense of authority. During the time in-between 1982 to 2001, Ridgway had only been arrested twice, with many killings of other women that had gone unheard of. The social institutions did not fulfill the needs of a stable society. In 2001, that is when Ridgway had been arrested on the suspicion of murdering four women 19 years after in

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