Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, effectively explores the effects of the Clutter family’s unexpected murder on the small community of Holcomb, Kansas. This unexpected murder had lasting and detrimental effects on the people of the town. Having been in Kansas during the time the trials and court cases had been executed, Capote observed that the murder had destroyed the community’s sense of trust, shattered their image of the American Dream, and prompted them to reevaluate their stance on the death penalty.
If an insanity plea is successful, it can be implied that mental illnesses can be dangerous or harmful. Also, that the person with the mental illness is going to be treated and hopefully learn how to handle such an illness. Then perhaps that person can go free after a while. On the other hand, if an insanity plea is unsuccessful, then it can be implied that the person with the illness may not get treatment. Although, if the person is just using a mental illness as an excuse, then he or she is giving other people with a mental illness a bad name.
Throughout In Cold Blood, a true-crime novel based on a multiple murder, author Truman Capote gives a more personal insight on the topic while standing up for the mentally ill and verbalizing his personal beliefs on how the they should be treated and viewed in the criminal justice system.
In the ESPN article, “Jury convicts Becker of murder,” it shares the news of the conviction of Mark Becker and tells more of the story behind the murder of Ed Thomas. Jurors, rejecting Mark Becker's pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity, was found guilty in the shooting of his high school football coach. Becker explained to psychiatrists that after months of torment, he shot Thomas at least six times in the high school weight room, then kicked his body before walking away. The article states that Jurors heard about Becker's delusions, how he believed that the community was against him and that Ed Thomas Applington-Parkersburg coach was satan. The defense claimed that Becker's delusions were so severe that he didn't know right from wrong.
If they had gone inside, they would have been knocked to their feet with the smell of a decaying body in Dahmers closet, morbid pictures of all his victims, 2 sculls in the frig and other body parts in jars. If they had run a name check, they would have found out that Dahmers was a registered sex offender. If they had tried to get the name of the young man, “the police would have discovered that he was the younger brother of the boy Dahmer was convicted of molesting years earlier” (Biography.com,
In the village of Holcomb, Kansas a wealthy family, the Clutters, was murdered on November 14, 1959. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were convicted of these murders and received the death penalty. In Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood, the audience receives different viewpoints on why Dick and Perry either deserved the death penalty or not. Though the decision to sentence someone to death should be based on the truth, the truth is not always easy to define; Capote shows this through his depiction of the controversial executions of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
After the death of Toumi, Jeffrey Dahmer began to kill much more frequently hence this may have been the death that started the future murders. Dahmer never had a plan or a schedule of when he was going to kill and he did not have any specific victims targeted. In fact, he was considered by many to be a disorganized killer. The specifications to be considered a disorganized killer include, “kill when the urge strikes them, random and sloppy, violence sudden with little conversation,” which was exactly how Dahmer went about murdering people (Bauman 8). The only specifications he used in deciding who to kill were that his victims were male and homosexual. These specifications worked well for him because then he was able to stall near gay bars
Jeffrey Dahmer was one of the most infamously known serial killers from the 20th century. What made his murders so notable was not necessary how he killed his 17 victims but what he did with them before and after death. For many of his victims, he drilled a hole in their head and poured acid or boiling water into their brain to attempt to create “a living zombie”. He would often have sex with his living victims or their bodies after murdering them. Occasionally, he had eaten parts of his victims bodies, he said “it made me feel like they were a permanent part of me”. Throughout his entire murder spree, he kept photos of the dismembership of his victims as well as their mummified body parts
Adnan Syed’s case was skewed against his innocence in the Hae Min Lee murder Case. The police and detectives came up with unreasonable reasons for Syed’s will to kill Lee, and they constantly backed up their theories with invalid testimonies of others. However, many of the theories against Adnan could be supported through phone records and alibis. There is one issue with the conviction of Syed. Syed repeats his innocence by saying, “I had no reason to kill her” (Koenig Episode 1). Murder is the result of a violent drive or hatred from an individual. Adnan did not have this drive. Although many theories have led to the conviction of Adnan Syed, the insufficient evidence supporting his guilt lacked reason, consistency, and reliability leaving the possibility behind of a third person being involved, a serial killer.
BOOM! To the front of the head. In a blink of an eye, she was gone. Betty Williams was a young Christian girl, but she also liked getting people’s attention by doing crazy things. Betty was well known for being in different plays. Betty talked to a lot of different guys throughout high school, but that did not get her anywhere. She had the biggest crush on the high school quarterback Mack Herring. Betty was well known around the school as a “Slut”. Betty was not happy with her life, so she was constantly asking her friends to kill her, but her friends always thought she was messing around. Then she asked Mack, and he had agreed to take her out of her misery. After she was killed, her parents had begun to wonder where Betty went. The police
Science has come a long way over the years. It has helped countless every day struggles and cure diseases most commonly found. What you don’t hear about however is the advancement of forensic science. Forensic science has helped solve countless cases of murder, rape, and sexual assault. In the case of John Joubert, it helped solve the murders of three young boys with one small piece of evidence that linked him directly to the crime.
Jeffrey Dahmer ~was born in 1960, Jeffrey’s father was not around much because of his job. When Jeffrey was at the age of four he was diagnosed with a double hernia. The operation scared him letting doctors explore his body. His experience is said to have marked his subconscious forever. He became very insular and lacking in self-confidence. By his early teenage years Dahmer was tense, disengaged, and was friendless. When he was at the age of fourteen he was very compulsive towards sexual intercourse. Jeffrey was made fun of his high school year, he was very weird that no one wanted to be around him. He graduated high school in 1978 and by that time his parent’s had got a divorce. The next year Dahmer went to Ohio State University, but dropped
Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal, killed 17 homosexual boys and men. Jeffrey Dahmer’s case helped the study for medical and psychology fields. When he was born he was known as happy child but after getting a surgery to correct a double hernia it changed his personality completely making him more reserved. To cope, Dahmer started to dissect animals, abuse alcohol and developed antisocial tendencies. This case shocked and sickened many individuals due to the violent nature of the murders.