Serial Killers May Be Living Next Door A serial killer could be dining, sitting, or even living next to you at this very moment. Most killers offer little to no obvious clues that will lead anyone to detect their often secretive, undercover actions. I ask myself, “How can we be so naive to these types of people?” Serial killers amongst us are often well educated, portray an All-American image, yet have a psychotic side to them. First, most serial killers are often well educated. Hannibal Lecter in the movie “Silence of the Lambs” is a psychologist.
Was the torture of the Abu Ghraib prisoners morally justifiable? How torture is defined is always a talking point as we do not know if torturing an individual for vital information is considered moral. Is it necessary to gain this information from another human being whilst also becoming a monster in the process? When do we know when to stop? These are questions I encountered along my journey in the EPQ as I not only had to delve into the justifications of torture, but also the psychological trauma the victim goes through and also the individual carrying out the torture.
Key Concepts and Implications of Neurocriminology The concepts Dr. Raine discussed in this presentation were very thought provoking and dealt with a concept that I have long been interested in. Many of us search for an answer regarding “where does evil come from?” When a violent crime occurs that has an effect on society we often hear phrases such as, “You know there had to be something wrong with him. No person in their right mind could have done something like that.” In our search for answers, it is very typical to assume there is a defect of the mind. When Dr. Raine discussed what I felt was a key concept, if not the central theme of his presentation, “Violent offenders may know right from wrong cognitively, but may not have the feeling of right and wrong” (Raine, 2010) I think he hit on an idea that we can all buy into. At least in part, many can agree with the lack of a conscious or soul.
Who Are Criminal Profilers? Rebecca Wiltshire Colby-Sawyer College Criminal profilers mix both the world of psychology with criminal justice. The field itself is fairly new and often time’s profilers don't always agree on methodology or even terminology. The term "profiling" is popular among the public because of media interoperations such as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Criminal Minds”. However the FBI calls its form of profiling “criminal investigative analysis”; another profiler, a prominent forensic psychologist, calls his work “investigative psychology”; and another calls his “crime action profiling” only further proving the lack of agreement in terminology (8).
INTRODUCTION Forensic science has evolved into a necessity for the criminal justice world. Before the development of forensic science, many of the cases heavily relied upon confessions and testimonies of witness. Forensic science has provided law enforcement officers with other alternative, such as trace evidence and the reliable forms of evidence that can stand up to scrutiny. Without forensic science, criminals would be committing the same crimes repeatedly. While criminals get more creative, the criminal justice system and the forensic science specialists have to update the techniques and tools that are used while obtaining evidence for the new crimes.
Using this definition of crime, it is possible for someone to violate a state or federal law if there is legally acceptable justification. This is a gray area in our criminal justice system. For example, if someone kills an intruder in self defense, has the individual committed a crime? Researchers have spent a lot of time trying to explain, predict and deter criminal activity. As part of that process, there have been quite a few theories that have been developed to explain criminal activity.
Introduction: Criminological theories are paradoxically fascinating, frustrating, and nebulous. They are fascinating in that almost everyone has an opinion, sometimes a very strong opinion, on what causes crime. They are frustrating because crime and human nature are too complex for one theory to explain them accurately and comprehensively. Therefore, when one studies criminological theories, criminology as a whole becomes nebulous, confusing, and incomplete. However, choice theories of crime resonate with a conservative person’s sense of right and wrong, common sense, and ability to understand crime causation so that it is not viewed as irrelevant, impractical, academic drivel.
Firstly, there are many factors that can exacerbate childhood trauma that will later on cause a person to engage in criminal activity. For instance, some researches tend to use the term “Adverse Child Experiences’’ also known as ACE, this includes a multitude of childhood trauma’s involving sexual and emotional abuse, child neglect, or substance abuse (Going Bonkers Magazine, Kathleen Kendall Page 44. ) When a child is faced with these many unexplained acts of trauma it usually leads to Psychological changes, which causes Harmful behaviors towards themselves or others (Kendall, Page 45). This could be due to the fact that they are always exposed to physical abuse, and they will feel the need
It will also use different studies founded by scientist who believed that criminal activity could be predetermined based upon imbalances in the brain, hormones, as well as influence. In this day and age a person’s physical features would not single them out as a criminal. Instead it may even be considered unusual or strange to believe that a person could be labeled as a criminal for not looking the same as one’s peers. Centuries ago it was perceived that a person’s physical features could characterize them as a criminal. One of the many doctors to introduce the Biological Theory of Crime was Cesare Lombroso.
THE PERSONALITY OF A SERIAL KILLER [pic] [pic] [pic] Jeffery Dahmer John Wayne Gacy Theodore Bundy [pic] [pic] [pic] Kristen Gilbert Velma Barfield Albert Fish Mary Chandler 19 February 2007 Wow, where to begin. For many years I have been so intrigued with profiling serial killers, it’s not even funny. I read only true crime novels and mainly watch crime shows and anything that has to do with understanding the criminal minds. Serial killers become celebrities instantly because it points to a fascination we have with the dark, violent places in the human mind. This infatuation is because nearly every serial killer that has been identified is just the guy next door, intelligent, well spoken and/or described as a very nice boy.