Seung-hui Cho: A Psychological Criminal Assessment of the Virginia Tech Killer For decades mental health professionals have examined why some people behave aggressively or violently. Some professionals believe there exists what can be termed as criminal personality, while others look at early childhood experiences to explain antisocial or criminal behavior. From a psychiatric’s perspective, criminals are viewed as “sick” individuals whose deviant behavior is the result of a flawed early childhood development or mental illness (Glick, 2005, p. 110). In this paper, I will look at a disturbed 23 year old young man who was involved in the 2007 mass murder of 32 individuals at Virginia Tech, by looking at the following topics: 1. Profile Overview of Criminal and Specific Crime Committed 2.
According to (Turvey, 2011), the term serial killer developed from an FBI profiler special agent; Robert K. Ressler. Ressler, depicts the offender as individuals who are obsessed with some type of fantasy that he or she has not been able to fulfill, therefore causing him or her to commit their next crime. The act that defines the serial killer is when there are two or more related murders. (Turvey, 2011, pg. 542) Serial killers are a complete headache for
The media has played a prominent part in the portrayal of racism, especially in the Stephen Lawrence case. Racism has become a serious problem within crime in Britain and some cases are more significant than others however they all show that Britain is becoming more and more racially aware. On the evening of 22nd April 1993 at around 22:30 Stephen Lawrence and Duwayne Brooks were the victims of racist attack in south east London. Stephen Lawrence was stabbed and died shortly afterwards as a result. His killers were never convicted.
Compare of serial murders investigators Timothy F. Goodson Albright College Crime and Justice This is the critical and comparative analysis of the two books that were required readings for this Advanced Criminology Seminar. The two books tied " Whoever Fights Monsters " by Robert H. Ressler and "Journey Into Darkness" by John Douglas. In this comparative analysis I will look at the differences of the a of the authors Ressler and Douglas, their differences in profiling, and my personal reaction to both of their books. In likeness both Ressler and Douglas were career agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The investigated violent crimes that came came under the jurisdiction of the FBI.
Olson, aka the ‘child killer’, born in Vancouver British Columbia into a relatively stable home environment, began his criminal career at the young age of 13. Like most incarcerated serial killers, Olson began as a juvenile delinquent committing less serious crimes such as theft, torturing animals, and repeatedly skipping school. His crimes became more serious into early adulthood committing, and being incarcerated for things like fraud, impaired driving, and armed robbery, but still nothing comparable to the disturbing murders he would later accomplish in life. Before being arrested, and admitting to the brutal rape and killing of 9 girls and 3 boys in 1982, law officials labeled Olson as a “hardened con-man, but not a killer” (Peter Worthington, 1997, para 7). As Olson’s former parole officer Bob Lusk said ”He was seen as a thief, a false-pretense artist, a garrulous, extroverted, egotistical kind of person, but not as a sexual offender” (as cited in Peter Worthington, 1997, para 7).
Compare and Contrast In Cold Blood The mind of a killer is one that is not easily comprehended. The events of their lives deeply root and morph themselves into disturbed thoughts and mind sets that fuel a killer to commit murder. In Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the case of the homicide of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas involved murderers who were two very different individuals that had teamed up to commit an awful crime. The plan was devised by Dick Hickock to rob and murder the Clutter family and he brought about his cellmate from prison, Perry Smith to assist him with the job. Each man’s past contains different events that contribute to their not-so-sound states of mind and each view the crime differently.
663). Serial killer means someone who commits three or more murders in three or more separate locations with an emotional cooling off period in between the homicides. Serial killers are the group of people who kill, kill, and kill over a long period of time without ever being caught or stopped. Serial killers are generally cunning, manipulative and know the difference between right and wrong but dismiss it as applying to them. They are not capable of normal emotions such as love and generally react without considering the consequences of their actions.
Maria Everson Zaborsky Infamous Crime Cases An infamous case that was solved by forensic evidence was the Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy case. He was an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile. He assaulted many women and girls killing between 30-40 people throughout seven different states, which Ted Bundy confessed to. He also cut the head of 12 victims off and kept the head in his house as a memory to always have, he would also kill women and later return to the crime scene to have intercourse with the body until it began to rot or was destructed by wild animals. In 1975 Ted was arrested in Utah but was released due to the little evidence, Two years later was convicted of kidnapping and escaped.
Capote has included the details of Perry’s unfortunate background after the murder of the Clutter family occurs in order to redeem Perry and provide an insightful explanation as to the creation of Perry’s criminal tendencies. If Capote were to tell the story in chronological order by stating Perry’s childhood before the events leading up to the murders, then many readers would be more inclined to judge Perry solely on his murderous and barbaric nature, like the judgements perceived by the citizens of Holcomb, Kansas. Capote endorses the notion that there are strong environmental, social, emotional and psychological
He killed as many as 35 women, although authorities suggest that there may have been more (Bell, n.d.). Was Bundy a criminal whose activities can be linked to the “Social Structure” theory or does the “Social Process” theory better explain his behaviors? This paper looks into these theories as they may or may not apply to the criminal life of Ted Bundy. This paper finds that the Social Process theory fits the facts of Ted Bundy’s serial killing more appropriately than the Social Structure theory. Many people wonder what it takes to make a serial killer.