One of the longest and oldest debate in science and psychology is the debate of nature versus nurture. Simply, it is trying to answer the question of where one gets their traits. Some think that it is mostly from their DNA, having predisposed traits. This is the ‘nature side of the argument’. Although others, on the nurture side, believe our traits are based on our experiences, our childhood, and external forces. In Margaret Laurence’s The Half Husky, a story of a husky and abuse, she tries to convey the idea that our actions and attitudes are greatly affected by external forces. The external forces (that can be either positive or negative) that act upon the characters in ‘The Half-Husky’ completely affects how their life turns out and their
I believe that Aileen Carol Wuornos killed for several reasons and that her traumatic childhood only influenced her urges. Wuornos’ childhood was extremely tough and hard on her. Her father was incarcerated for rape and her mother abandoned her at 6 months. She was then forced to live with her abusive grandfather. While living there she claims to have been raped (not by her grandparents) and became pregnant. As a result of her young pregnancy, her grandparents kicked her out, but eventually she gave up the child and moved back into their residence. However, after more family hardships Wuornos began living on her own and began to engage in prostitution to acquire money to survive. She was also engaging in heavy drug abuse. Given all of that information I would have to say that Wuornos experienced a very traumatic upbringing and that it could have affected her immensely. That being said, she fits perfectly within the Trauma-Control Model, which makes me believe that her childhood could have absolutely motivated her to become the person she did. Also, going along with this idea, she was using drugs; therefore, drugs could have been a facilitator to her crimes.
First psychiatric help for her mental disorder(s) as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Spiritual advisory, social counseling, and programs for life transformation amongst other programs offered, as well as educational programs. Aileen Wuornos would have to fully comply to each area of treatment and show major progress and willingness. Failing to comply would increase her life sentence to instant
The car pulls over onto the side of the road. The man rolls down the window, knowing exactly why a woman would be on the side of the highway dressed in barely anything in the middle of the night; however, the man does not know what will become of this encounter. He argues about the price, and is met with a handgun. Eventually, his body is found in a junkyard without a wallet or a watch. This man is Richard Mallory, and the killer is Aileen Wuornos. She later goes on to kill several other men. The FBI defines serial murder as the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Male and female serial killers alike have plagued the world for centuries, but criminal
When you think of the typical serial killer, you imagine Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. Remarkably people only think of male serial killers, yet female serial killers are on the rise and are just as dangerous. There may not be as prevalent female serial killers as there are male though their crimes are just as brutal. The female serial killer is an interesting type that many researchers do not know much about. There have only been recent studies done due to the limited pool of contestants but Aileen Wuornos allowed researchers to delve into the mind of the female serial killer and what makes them tick. Aileen Wuornos, she brutally killed seven men and is one of the remarkably well known female serial killers. The men she killed were convicted
From 1978 to 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer raped, killed, and performed dismemberment and necrophilia on the dead bodies of seventeen men. It all originated from a messed up early life in high school where he developed a serious drinking problem. His first murder happened in 1978 when he was eighteen years old. His first victim’s name was Steven Hicks, who he killed while his father was away on a business trip. He had the house to himself so he found Hicks hitchhiking for a ride, when he offered him to come back to Dahmer’s place. When Hicks tried to leave, Dahmer hit him in the head killing him, and then burying him in the backyard. His explanation for this murder was that he just didn’t want Hicks to leave. After that he would not kill again until
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Serial Murder is “the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events” (Morton, 2005); therefore, a person or persons whom kill two or more individuals in separate events are considered to be “Serial Killers” (Morton, 2005). Of those individuals whom have received the infamous title of “Serial Killer”, Aileen Wuornos, in my opinion, may be one of the most notorious killers. Born in Rochester, Michigan on February 29, 1956, Aileen grew up in a broken home with her mother abandoning her and her brother, Keith, at their grandparents’ house after her abusive father left her mother (Biography.com Editors, 2015). Aileen’s childhood was a very rough one where
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.
“It’s a process, it doesn’t happen overnight . When you depersonalize another person and view them as just an object. An object for pleasure and not a living, breathing human being. It seems to make it easier to do things you shouldn’t do.” This quote was said by Jeffrey Dahmer, a mentally disturbed man who committed a series of murders, rapes, and tortures. Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21st, 1960 in West Allis, Wisconsin. He was a relatively normal kid until his little brother David was born. His mother and father moved them to Bath Ohio where Dahmer then grew very withdrawn and secluded during the ages of 10-15. He grew a great interest in dead animals which he took home and dissected (“Crime Museum”). After his parents divorce, Jeffrey
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Serial Murder is “the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events” (Morton, 2005); therefore, a person or persons whom kill two or more individuals in separate events are considered to be “Serial Killers” (Morton, 2005). Of those individuals whom have received the infamous title of “Serial Killer”, Aileen Wuornos, in my opinion, may be one of the most notorious killers. Born in Rochester, Michigan on February 29, 1956, Aileen grew up in a broken home with her mother abandoning her and her brother, Keith, at their grandparents’ house after her abusive father left her mother (A&E Biography). Aileen’s childhood was a very rough one where her mother
Aileen Wuornos was an American serial killer who murdered several men between 1989 and 1990, leaving their bodies along highways in Northern and Central Florida. In 1992, she plead guilty to the murder of six men, and received the death penalty for each plea. Although much speculation surrounded her mental stability, she was eventually executed in 2002, making her the tenth woman executed in the United States, and the second in Florida, since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977.
Born February 29, 1956, to her 15 yr. old mother Diane, Aileen Carol (Pittman) Wuornos would go on to lead a troubled and trying existence. Abandoned by her mother to be raised by her grandparents, Wuornos and her older brother would be raised by a distant grandmother and an abusive alcoholic grandfather. Raised devoid of warmth and affection, Wuornos, who was subjected to sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather and brother, would go on in her early years to use sex as a means to fit in with other youths and get money for beer and drugs (Blanco, J. I., n.d.)
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
Thesis: Human development has been regarded as one of the most highly controversial topics in the world. This debate is labeled nature versus nurture. The controversy centers on the premise that our personality, behavior, intelligence, and feelings are either genetically inherited, or environmentally earned; that we are innate creatures born with our personalities, or that they are learned by experiences and time. We are born with our personalities, but our behaviors are learned through experience and shaped thru time.