Aaron Hernandez is a former NFL player for the New England Patriots. In 2013 Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder. The following year he was also found guilty of a double homicide. Why would a 40 million dollar rising star commit such a crime? Many theories have been developed to explain criminal behavior.
Mantel 1 Maggie Mantel Mr. Mayor Psychology 16 March 2023 Charles ‘Tex’ Watson Charles ‘Tex’ Watson should not be let on parole in the year 2026. He has been denied parole 18 separate times, the latest time being in October of 2021. Tex Watson is known for having been a part of the Manson Family murders. According to an excerpt from Watson’s parole hearing in 1984, Tex even labeled himself as the leader of the Tate-LaBianca murders (Michael 1:22-1:53). He gave orders to the other members of the family and installed fear in the victims before brutally killing them.
Charles Manson, born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 12, 1934, has become one of the most notorious serial killers. He was originally born as Charles Milles Maddox until his mother remarried William Manson, only for a divorce to happen quickly after. Right from the beginning Manson’s life was dark. Kathleen Maddox, prior marrying William Manson, had Charles when she was 16 – years old also being an alcoholic and prostitute. Charles Manson was placed in an all-boys school where he would only then run back to his mother who wanted nothing of the boy, forcing him to live on the streets and survive off of a life of crime.
The Mind of Charles Manson Charles Manson, one of America’s most infamous sociopaths, is known for the murders of nine people and suspected for the deaths of many others. He had the mindset that he was the Messiah back on Earth to lead his people and that we had to follow him to survive. Manson amassed many followers over his “reign” from which he used his most loyal followers to kill anyone he wanted dead. Charles Manson was born Charles Milles Maddox on November 12, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother’s name was Kathleen Maddox and his father is unknown to the public.
America in the 1960’s was all about free love, peace and good vibes. With the “hippie culture” in full swing, illegal drug use, the Beatles and open-mindedness seemed to be around every corner. In the late 1960’s, Charles Manson and his “family” took things too far with what became known as the Manson family murders. Some 40 years later, Manson and his “family” still remain recognizable today. Manson was born on November 12, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to 16 year old runaway, Kathlean Maddox.
John Dillinger was one of the most notorious criminals in American history. He was known to be part of the most organized and deadly bank robbing gang and highly wanted by the FBI. John began his criminal behavior at a young age, initiating his urge to become a professional bank robber. Using the psychodynamic theory, social learning theory and the differential association theory, I hope to analyze the factors that triggered John Dillinger's criminal behavior that was present in his childhood, leading to his adulthood and how he managed to maintain his label as a thief. John Herbert Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the youngest child to John Wilson Dillinger and Mary Ellen Lancaster.
Developmental theories look at how offenders start and end their criminal behaviors. All developmental theories, including the two focused on in this paper, pull from social, psychological, and biological factors to find answers. Both of these theories follow along a trajectory or pathway for offenders. Sampson and Laub’s age-graded theory has offenders following along two possible trajectories. They can either follow along the high risk trajectory or the low risk trajectory.
He does not show much sympathy for the victims and their families. He does push more towards the view of the shooter’s life. He interprets these events and shares that as a society, we should have looked more at the shooter’s life to stop these events from happening. Manson includes: “Listening to those around you. Even if you don’t like them very much.
Manson and his family were actually arrested on the suspicion that they had vandalized part of Death Valley National Park. It was not until later that the police realized that Manson and his followers were responsible for the murders. On January 25, 1971, Charles Manson was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy for directing the homicides of the Tate and LaBianca victims. Kasabian, the car driver, was given immunity
The Rizzuto family is an Italian-Canadian organized crime family based in Montreal, Quebec. The family has a multi-million-dollar international empire and are involved with many illegal activities including, “large-scale construction fraud, drug trafficking, extortion, bribery, stock manipulation, loansharking and money laundering (Nicaso, 2017. par. 1). There are many large players in this family, including the previous leader, Nicolo Rizzuto, and the current leader, Vito Rizzuto. One way to try and understand why this whole family is involved in crime, is to apply ideas from learning theories, such as Sutherland’s Differential Association theory, where it is thought that criminal behaviour is learned through social interactions (Lilly, Ball & Cullen, 2015, p .44).
In this paper I will be applying the psychological theories to serial killer Ed Gein. Ed Gein was a prolific serial killer in the 1950’s. He murdered and robbed graves for body parts to make furniture and clothing. He was apprehended in 1957, where he stood trial and was institutionalized. Edward Theodore “Ed” Gein was born August 27th, 1906 to George and Augusta Gein.
The date of August 9, 1969, seems familiar to some people and to others there is no such relevance or significance. On that date, Manson and members of his brainwashed “family” undertook their grisly killing spree in Los Angeles. Charles Manson is a living embodiment of evil. Manson was connected to the brutal slayings of actress Sharon Tate and other Hollywood residents, but he was never actually found guilty of committing the murders himself. The Manson Family is thought to have carried out 35 killings but, most were never tried due to lack of evidence or perpetrators were already sentenced to life for the Tate/La Bianca killings.
This theory clearly rules out the effect of inherited or innate factors, and the last is the cognitive theory, which is based on how the perception of an individual is manifested into affecting his or her potential and capability to commit a crime. (Psychological theories of crime) Relating these theories to the case under study, it’s clear that the behaviour can be traced most times to faulty relationships in the family during the first years of
Social learning theory and social bonding theory are two theories that may be compared and contrasted because they both overlap and differ. Although these theories have their similarities and differences, one theory may prove to be more convincing in terms of applying the theory to the understanding of crime and delinquency. Social learning theory refers to Akers’ theory of crime and deviance. Akers attempted to specify the mechanism and processes through which criminal learning takes place by explaining crime and deviance; he did this in such a way that the likelihood of conforming or deviant behavior based on the influence of an individual’s history of learning was accounted for. This theory was based off Sutherland’s differential association theory, which had nine propositions outlining the process by which individuals acquire attitudes favorable to criminal or delinquent behavior with the basic idea that people tend to associate with others in which they come into contact.
Sutherland’s theory of Differential Association takes a macro level analysis as to why people commit crimes and brings it to a micro level analysis. He concludes that looking at a multiple factor approach did not explain why crimes are committed. Instead he asks the question what one singular factor touches on these multilevel factors. Sutherland looked for the universal explanation as to why crimes are committed rather than looking at individual reasons. His theory seeks what has always been present in crime and what has not or better yet what mechanism or experiences correlate to the crimes committed.