Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Professor David Ojo
October 6, 2014
A serial killer is defined as a “person who murders three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a “cooling off” period between each murder, which whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification.” (University, n.d) Many times serial murders go unsolved and other times it takes decades to unravel. According to the FBI there is no set profile of a serial killer, because they can come in all sizes, ages, shapes, colors and groups. (Welch, 2011) They tend to operate within their comfort zone, which is there area where they work, live or they have relative’s homes. (Roberts, 2011) …show more content…
Wuornos grandfather beat her and her grandmother was an alcoholic. When she was just 11 years old she started trading sexual favors for money, beer, cigarettes. She suffered through this for a few years and at the age of 14 years old, she was given up for adoption, but soon after she was kicked out of the house. During this time she was spending more time way from the house and traveling alone around the country under assumed names and living in the woods. In the early 1980’s Wuornos found out that her brother died of cancer, this is when she moved to Florida and began working as a prostitute. She began getting into trouble with the law for being a prostitute and other crimes, including that illegal possession of a firearm, forgery, assault, and robbery. (Capital Punishment in Context, n.d) People that knew her would describe her as erratic and easily …show more content…
Her last hope was to get a stay of execution, which happened on September 30, 2002 by Governor Jeb Bush and he ordered a mental examination to determine whether Wuornos was competent to be executed. Florida law states that an inmate cannot be executed unless she understands why she is being executed. An examination by three psychiatrists determined that Wuornos was competent to be executed and the stay was lifted. On October 9, 2002 Aileen Wuornos was executed by lethal injection in Florida State prison. Her last words before being executed were “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus June 6. Like the movie, big mother ship and all, I’ll be back”. (Capital Punishment in Context, n.d) She was pronounced dead at 9:47 a.m. being the tenth woman to be executed in the United States since 1976 and the second woman ever in Florida. (Capital Punishment in Context,
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“He was a beautiful kid… a warm and friendly boy” remarked a priest that knew Charles Manson (Roberts 30). Charles Manson was the leader of The Manson Family, which was a cult that committed numerous murders. Charles Manson grew up with a flawed support system, so he became a father figure and a support system for all of his followers. Manson knew how to manipulate a person and drive people to do the most unimaginable things. Manson was an extremely tortured person and a frequent user of LSD, as was the whole family (Roberts 30).
In order to know more about two serial killers, Alieen Carol Wuornos and Daniel Harold Rolling, I do some researches and concludes them in the next few paragraphs. Daniel Harold Rolling, “The Gainesville Ripper” that born in May 26, 1954, killed eight people through 1989 to 1990 by using his knife. When he was young, his father, a policeman, always abused his mother, his brother, and him. Although his mother tried to leave his father several times, his mother still returned. After few years, he attempted to kill his father when they got an argument.
Andrea Yates at the time she committed her crime was a thirty-seven year old married mother of five children from Houston, Texas. Her five children, Noah 7, John 5, Paul 3, Luke 2, and Mary 6 months was murdered by their mother by her drowning them. She held each one of her children under the water in the bathroom bathtub. She drowned them one by one and once they were dead she placed them under a sheet on her bed. All except for Noah who was found still face down in the bathtub when the police arrived.
Aileen Wuornos was an abused child who later earned a living as a sex worker; Aileen was found guilty of killing seven middle-aged men, but only claimed to killing six and was later executed in a Florida prison. Aileen Pittman was born on February 29, 1956, in Rochester, Michigan. Aileen experienced a horrifying tumult during her childhood. Her father killed himself while serving prison time for child molestation, while her mother abandoned her and her older brother Keith, leaving them to be raised by their grandparents. Yet Aileen’s grandmother was alleged to be an alcoholic and her grandfather a terrifying, violet force.
There are two types of mass murderers, organized and disorganized. An example of an organized mass murderer is Eric Harris and his friend Dylan Klebold. They killed thirteen people and wounded more than twenty others at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 (“Eric Harris”). In the biography of Harris, they called him a psycho, which falls under the subcategory of an organized murderer known as a disciple killer. Disciple killers are known to follow commands or fall under a ‘spell’ of their leader.
Tyria Moore had fled to stay with her family in Pennsylvania, but soon after she was found and questioned by the police. They wanted her to write a letter to Wuornos with her contact information so police listen in on conversations between the two and get even more information about the crimes. She agreed to cooperate and even gave testimony against Wuornos. She claimed that Wuornos had mentioned to her before that she had killed a man. Moore told police she believed Wuornos had been killing people due to the accumulation of new items and cars, but did not want to question Wuornos any further fearing she would become an accomplice to the crime.
Nolan Balk Mrs. Neuberger Composition II 9 March 2023 Jeffrey Dahmer’s Serial Killer Portfolio According to BuzzFeed, the average American will encounter sixteen murderers in their lifetime (Kopsky). Many murderers hide in plain sight; they could be friends, neighbors, or even a local bartender. Homicides are discovered each day in the United States, but the question remains, “Was this the act of a serial killer?”
The Andrea Yates Murder Case Andrea Yates had always lead a splendid life, a bright young woman moving on to do great things in the world. No one expected the class valedictorian, swim team captain, and National Honor Society officer to jump off the deep end shortly after her nursing career took off. Unfortunately, the unexpected did take place, and Andrea’s battle with extreme mental illness took off, snowballing for years to come. One day, she could no longer control it, causing her to commit one of the most shocking crimes in history, involving the deaths of her own children, invoking despair in of all of society. Due to the wide publicization of her story, the devastating Andrea Yates murder case brought a grasp of mental illness’s role
In the sunshine state of Florida, between the years 1989 and1990 seven men were mysteriously murdered. These killings were later found to be the work of a female prostitute, who would find her victims through hitch hiking along Florida’s Highways. She caused the entire state of Florida to be on edge, and it was terrifying for the families of the seven victims. Local law enforcement were stunned by these incidents, and would do everything in their power to solve these cases. The killer who became the first female serial killer, fitting FBI’s profile was Aileen Wuornos.
Nancy Grace is livid and is speaking out about the new Netflix documentary Making A Murderer. Nancy doesn 't have nice things to say about Steven Avery and feels like he targeted the victim Teresa Halbach and that they do have the right man behind bars. After this show started airing, a lot of people feel like Steven Avery could be innocent, but Nancy Grace is sure that he is the one who killed her. Radar Online actually spoke with Nancy Grace and found out what she had to say about it all. Here’s the evidence that shows Steven Avery IS the killer of Teresa Halbach: https://t.co/NQAZdpr0Dg pic.twitter.com/QNH8MHihye — Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN)
Introduction I. Look around this school and think about exactly how many students are here daily. How would you feel if I told you that one out of every twenty five people are sociopaths(Pratt 2006).The fact of the matter is that not everyone who is a sociopath is a serial killer but oddly enough it has been proven that all serial killers are sociopaths. II. I have chosen serial killers that I found intriguing and that I thought not many people would know a lot about.
PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PERPETRATORS Laura Schlessinger, an American talk radio host and author, said “when you're the victim of the behaviour, its black and white; but when you're the perpetrator, there are a million shades of gray.” Perpetrators are those who initiate, facilitate, or carry out inhuman acts of uncivilized behaviour against humanity. The definition also extends beyond the proximal agent of aggression to encompass those in distal positions of authority whose orders or plans are carried out by functionaries. In simple terms, perpetrators are those who violate the rights of others. They may believe their ideology to such an extent that their evil not only is morally justifiable but also in order to protect the cherished values of their community, preserve peace and stability, save humanity from defeat or honour their so called national commitments.