“Atzerodt had doubts about his assignment. He would not do it, he said,” (Swanson 27) writes James L. Swanson in his novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. George Atzerodt was a slow-witted German member of Booth’s band of conspirators. He enjoyed clothes, food, and fame as provided by John Wilkes Booth, and was involved in the inner Conspiracy, although he refused to take any actions. He was condemned an active conspirator by authorities and hanged for his alleged crimes.
Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to have a serial killer on the loose? The Zodiac is a serial killer that terrorized all of California, and he claimed to have taken the lives of many innocent civilians through the letters he sent. While his identity remains unsolved to this day, investigators have many theories as to who it might have been. Although plenty of people believe the identity of the Zodiac Killer is Arthur Leigh Allen, others are convinced it is a few lesser-known suspects. Even though the Zodiac’s identity is still uncertain to this day there are some truths that investigators have confirmed.
Raskolnikov 's belief in the theory begins to crumble as soon as he commits the crime, but he still clings to the belief that he did not commit a crime. " 'The old woman was a mistake perhaps, but she is not what matters! The old woman was only an illness…. I was in a hurry to overstep…I didn 't kill a human being, but a principle! I killed the principle, but I didn 't overstep, I stopped on this side….
The fact that anybody could become a killer without conscience is quite alarming because it means that any society could fall victim to similar atrocious acts on humanity. The criminal acts that Eichmann took part in would be labeled under a new kind of crime, one which is done with a lack of conscience, that is with- no shame or sense of guilt. Some would classify this kind of criminal as much more dangerous due to their disregard of human life. Arendt states that it was "impossible for him to know or to feel that he [was] doing wrong" (373). Arendt highlights Eichmann 's inferiority compared to his superiors because he was simply a "cog in the wheel" who was made to follow orders.
As Meursault does not have any evidence why he kills the Arab man, the lawyer thinks that it will be a strong argument if Meursault can come up with some answers for the questions. The investigator asks,” If I had felt any sadness that day” (Camus 65). The trial teaches Meursault to commit his wrongdoing and is aware of how each person has a different interpretation about him. It was hard for Meursault to
After most people hear what Perry has gone through you immediately give him a get out of jail free card right? You think that since he had a difficult upbringing he should be exempt from receiving the death penalty? Although you may think this, this is certainly not an excuse for such a violent act. Throughout In Cold Blood, Capote attempts to portray to the reader that Smith in a way should be exempt from the crime he commited and how one should not blame it on Smith himself, but his psychological background. Specifically when Al Dewey, the head of the Clutter murder investigation, states how the crime was not in fact Smiths fault.
It is quite unlikely for one to contemplate murder, but even more unlikely for it to be the murder of one’s own child. While the event of murder is more common than expected, revenge may be the source of anger buildup that leads to the horrendous acts. What may seem yet even stranger to some is if the victim resurrects and seeks a greater revenge. If a wrong is done to someone, should they be allowed to get revenge to whatever lengths they see fit? That question is the heart of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved.
Many also believe that the 3rd attack was the fatal one. Lots of people also blame them for not helping them save Kitty’s life. Although these sources show that Kitty Genovese was fatally murdered, one source blames the murder of Kitty Genovese while the others do not. Primarily, the Ganesberg’s article partially blames the bystanders for Kitty Genovese’s murder. One eye-witness claims that he saw this fatal attack, but “didn’t want to get involved” (Gansberg).
For example intimidation, bribery, denial of rights and mental exhaustion are against the guidelines of the Reid Technique, however, they are often used in order to gain a suspect’s cooperation (https://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/rpt/2014-R-0071.htm). In an investigation where a father was accused of murdering his infant son, the interrogators repeatedly used techniques to mentally exhaust the suspect in an effort to break him. Throughout the interrogation, the father repeatedly denied that he was at fault, however, the interrogator insisted that he was, describing different scenarios that could have played out and suggesting different motives the father could have had in killing the infant. At one point the interrogator claimed he had “received detailed information about the infant’s injuries from the medical examiner that disproved what the father said”, even though the coroner’s report couldn’t prove anything (Brainerd,
Police Procedurals emphasize the increased vulnerability of the investigator and the victims or as in this case, the serial killer, on account of the pressure from the wealthy and the influential. The system they work for is corrupted. Waits’ confession of guilt with regard to Gesto’s case is in accordance with the force and pressure, imposed on him by conspirators, but in actuality, he did not commit the murder. It is an injustice done to him. They use Waits for their benefit because he is powerless in the face of authority.