Criminal Justice: The Criminology Behind Serial Killers

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Criminal Justice is the system of institutions of governments directed at upholding social control; police, courts, and corrections. Criminology is the study of all the factors of why criminals commit certain crimes. Laws and Society ask where the law comes from. All three are interrelated; no law, no crime.

The specific criminal behavior I chose is murder, specifically murder committed by serial killers. A serial killer is defined as someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with a cooling off period between murders. In regards to the criminology behind serial killers, the motive is usually based on psychological gratification, but can also include anger thrill, money and attention seeking.

However, it’s usually their pasts that make serial killers who they are. Most serial killers suffered child abuse and many experienced sexually stressful events in childhood. As children, they frequently wet the bed and are very cruel to animals. Animal cruelty is violating norms and rules of society. These norms and rules come from society.
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After arresting, they decide if they should prosecute. After prosecution is determining guilt. When it comes to law and society, the laws against this come from the fact that it violates norms and
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