Journalist and author, Dave Cullen, in his book, Columbine, redefines how his readers understand the Columbine tragedy. His purpose is to illustrate the misconceptions Americans have of the shooting by explaining how these misconceptions came about and became rooted in Americans’ minds, although they were so unbelievably wrong. Cullen creates a blunt tone in order to get straight to the facts to show who Eric really was. Through his use of rhetorical devices in this passage, Cullen unravels that Eric was not a bullied outcast like so many believe, but a psychopath.
Both sources provided basic details about former State Representative Raymond W. Ewell. However, I found the first source, History Makers to be undoubtedly creditable. This source included an exclusive glimpse into the life of the senator. The History Maker, website provides researchers with pertinent facts about Mr. Ewell life. Also, the information provided seem to have been solicited directly from Representative Ewell in the form of a one on one interview. When the information is received directly from the source it’s easy to verify.
When you think of people in a kid’s life, you probably imagine two parents, siblings, friends, and teachers. What you don’t typically think is a social worker, a judge, foster homes and a dead mother and father. This became the case for the then 15-year Maci Kean, as well as over 100,000 kids in the United States. When Maci was just a toddler, she became deaf due to a high fever and her father passed away when she was just two due to drug abuse. When she was around the age of 13 her mother passed away as well due to a drug overdose after getting out of jail. Maci was forced back into her aunt’s house where she then started to act out violently. Her aunt had had enough and sent Maci into foster care (Babakhan).
Imagine that you are taking a brief walk at night with your dog or by yourself and suddenly feel suffocated. The next thing you know, you have become the next victim of a gruesome sexual attack. However, you could never tell your tale because, at the lowest point of this heinous ordeal, you realize that your rapist will now turn into your murderer. This is the case of the Hillside Strangler, a story of two cousins, Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, and the brutal crimes they were charged with. There were witnesses who dare to testified against those brutal murders. The murders used the insanity plea as route to escape their destination in jail.
Eric LeGrand is a former American football defensive tackle who played college football at Rutgers. He was born on September 4, 1990, Avenel, Woodbridge, NJ. He has twenty-five years of age and is paralyzed from the neck down due to an injury that occurred in football. This injury occurred in October of 2010 while attempting a tackle on the football field when he was twenty years old. I believe that his family, peers and coach would describe him as a strong and courageous person with determination that he will get back to his past self and continue to strive for his goals.
In La Crosse, Wisconsin, on August 27, 1906, a psycho serial killer entered the world with the name of Edward Theodore Gein. He was better known as Ed Gein. Gein lived under the household of an older brother, an alcoholic father, and religiously berserk mother. As reported by in the article, “Ed Gein” from Wisconsin Sickness, it states, “Augusta, who was a fanatical Lutheran, drummed into her boys the innate immorality of the world, the evil of drink and the belief that all women (herself excluded) were prostitutes…”(He would listen to his mother’s religious talks about sins of sexual desire. On December 29, 1945, Ed Gein’s mother, Augusta Gein, died due to a numerous amount of
Ed Gein -a serial killer known for exhuming corpses and his gruesome murders- was lead to a dark and violent lifestyle. The key factors that lead to his violent lifestyle were having an abusive, alcoholic father, being forced to believe all women were prostitutes (meaning sex was bad unless it was to have children), and being isolated from everything starting at a young age. From a young age, he developed a close bond with his mother. However, his bond soon became an obsession. Everything he did was connected to his mother in some way.
Imagine the horror movie: the ghoulish murderer, the haunting music, the screams. When the movie is over, everything is fine because the film is not real, But in the small town of Plainfield, Wisconsin life had become a real-life horror movie. On November 16, 1957, local police were investigating the disappearance of Bernice Worden when they stumbled upon Wordens’ dismembered carcass in Ed Gein's shed. Upon finding this the police searched the home finding things they that are unimaginable to most. The police discovered; skull bowls, human skin altered furniture, a corset made of human skin from shoulder to waist, a belt made from human nipples, a young girl's dress, and many other gruesome things. The whole town was scared and shocked that
Emmett Louis “Bobo” Till was born on July 25, 1941 and was a fourteen year old African American boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi. His murder has been known as a key event that empowered the Civil Rights Movement. Chris Crowe the author of this book is an English professor at Brigham Young University. Crowe began writing as he was teaching English, spending numerous evenings, weekends, and occasions hammering out stories and articles on an electric Smith Corona typewriter that year, he also published his first article. When he was 25, he was a writer for The Arizona Golfer, and the following summer began composing a humor section for The Latter Day Sentinel. The next year, while still working on his writing, he
On November 9th, 1971 John Emil List, an extremely devout Lutheran Westfield, New Jersey resident, who was locally famous in his neighborhood for mowing his lawn while wearing a suit and a tie, murdered five of his family members. The victims of List’s killing spree were his forty-five year-old wife Helen List, his sixteen year-old daughter Patricia List, his fifteen year-old son John List Jr., his thirteen-year-old son Frederick List, and his eighty five year-old mother Alma. Even though these victims were murdered in November of 1971, their bodies were not discovered in their Victorian mansion home until a month later on December 7th, 1971. By the time the crime had been discovered, John List had fled the scene and would not be discovered for another eighteen years. By the standards of modern criminal diagnoses, John List was considered to be a Mass Murderer. Although John List falls under the category of a Mass Murderer, he fits into a more specific subgroup of mass murders, the Family Annihilator. With a horror-film-like crime, infamous recognition around the globe, an eighteen-year long disappearance, and countless mass murderer qualities that fit him perfectly, John List can be categorized as
Gary Ridgway is a serial killer born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Mary and Thomas Ridgway on February 18, 1949. Educationally, “Ridgway struggled academically and was tested with an I.Q. of 82, signifying low intelligence, and had to repeat a year twice,” (Childhood & Early Life). “Classmates described him as congenial and well liked among the student body,” (Childhood & Early Life).
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.
The concept of psychopaths and sociopaths in Western society and culture is not clearly defined, and covers a great range of character, attitudes and behaviour. This range includes everything from someone who is introverted and not socially adept to mass murderers and cannibals.