In the last twenty years, violence has increased leaving communities with the fear of what’s going to happen next. During the prime time news, we can get inform about what’s happening around the world. We hear about wars, violence, crime, murders, earthquakes, and other disasters around the world. Nowadays, TV shows and movies are more about crimes and violence, which are based on real life in some way. TV shows such as Criminal Minds represent the FBI team as brilliants investigators that capture skillful serial killers. The TV show Criminal minds portray serial killers of have been victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or mental illness. During the TV show criminal minds people can get a sense of how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) works, even though it is a little exaggerated how they seem to solve cases when on real life it takes months or even years. The Criminal Minds show, represent the FBI team as a group of investigators of various branches of criminology that dedicated …show more content…
The show dramatizes the lives of many real cases where the majority of viewers are familiar with. For example, many people know about the case of the Zodiac the serial killer, Robert Berdilla, one of the most aggressive, bloody and torturing assassins who used to take photographs of his horrifying acts, and many other cases which are narrated in this show. According to the author of the book “The forensic psychology of criminal minds” Ramsland mentions that, “in criminal minds, we see not only the activity of crime scene analysis and reconstruction variety of criminal psyches.” (8) On the show psychopathic murders are portray as cold-blooding, lacking of rumour, and emotionless. On an episode of criminal minds the “Zodiac killer” is depicted as person that was very calculated in the way he committed crimes. This serial killer send letters to the newspaper describing how he killed his
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The Notorious Zodiac Killer is quite the mystery. Northern California was where he felt comfortable to murder. He has never revealed to whom he was exactly. However, he was quite big on committing crimes and pleading guilty to them. His killings began in the sixties.
A serial killer is psychopathic tendencies that try to hide to appear normal to the public. Many serial killers are survivors of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, or emotionally distant. Juenger 2 Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dahmer’s mother, Joyce, was known to have a difficult pregnancy with Dahmer (Casey). Dahmer
The Zodiac has been taunting the police by sending them nearly impossible cryptograms with the blood of his victims smudged on the paper to confirm authenticity. The zodiac seeks for attention. And if he doesn’t get what he wants, he kills. This absurd conundrum has led some to speculate:
A prime example of a forensic psychology concept, psychopathy, is a television series called "Dexter". Throughout the whole show, but specifically season two episode eleven, titled "Left Turn Ahead", Dexter Morgan, the show's protagonist, represents the nature of psychopathy. Psychopathy is defined as a neuropsychiatric disorder marked by deficient emotional responses, lack of empathy, and poor behavioral controls, commonly resulting in persistent antisocial deviance and criminal behavior. In this specific episode, the main character begins to worry that his adoptive sister was showing psychopathic tendencies that may have been brought out by him.
The Zodiac was a sick person. He sent in a coded message to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and the Vallejo Chronicle. He said “I like killing people because it’s so much fun” (Wark). He threatened saying he would go on a killing rampage, killing young couples, isolated at night if there wasn’t an article about him. In his article he wanted the code, a picture of it, and his threats.
The Zodiac killer began his killing spree in California in the late 60’s and the early 70’s. He liked to go after young couplers, the police still doesn't know why he liked to go after young couples. The killer also had a quite famous stumble showing a cross with a circle outside of it. This killer loved to take credit for his crimes and give the police fallece clues and letters making the police and calling the police to take credit for his crimes and wants to be famous for these crimes.
the letters contained details from the murders that only the killer could have known.” (Biography). Starting in August, the Zodiac started sending letters explaining the murders and claiming them. He sent 3 identical letters, each with a part to a cipher that if cracked had hints to his identity and the reasons he has been killing these people. If he is confident enough that they won’t crack it, he has gained a lot of confidence from when he started.
In the mystery murder of everyday cab driver, Paul Stine, there was but one culprit, he went by the name “Zodiac Killer”. Behind every murder case is one person filled with a lifetime of emotions and stories that lead up to the kill. The insane destroy the sane, with a strong collision. Throughout research, it has been discovered that the murderer of Paul Stine was a man who went by the name of the “Zodiac Killer”. Behind the man who was killed on one cold October night by a vicious killer, was just an average man working one day.
This deals with the thoughts, intentions and reactions of criminals. This also includes all that partakes in the criminal behaviour. In comparison to anthropological criminology, psychology deals with everything that makes the criminal “tick”, as opposed to the physical evidence. The questions that I formed can easily be related to the article because they are thought-provoking, and they ask about the actual intentions and thought process related to the crime. All of my questions could explain why certain things happened that was stated in the article, including why cigarettes and money was stolen, why the crime was committed at 4:00 AM, and many more.
To be fair, the purpose of most of the crime shows and films is not to convey information or strive for accuracy, but to be entertaining. If the underdog did not win or the victim did not get the happy ending, most viewers would be displeased. Crime is dramatized and romanticized in TV and film to keep the viewer intrigued and watching. One of the most overlooked flaws in crime shows is the logic.
Unsolved crimes are predominantly the work of a serial killer, who is unable to be identified, due to either a lack of evidence or a very smart, guile person. The unsolved crimes generally have a negative effect on the general public, in that they create a sense of fear and uneasiness. An example would be The Zodiac KIller. The killer's’ identity is a mystery to this day, though many people, as well as investigators, have speculations of who he really is (Rutherford-Morrison).
According to Andrews and Bonta (2010) the psychology of criminal conduct ( PCC) can be defined as an approach to scientifically understand the criminal behavior of individuals through a systematic approach. Additionally, the psychology of criminal conduct is considered to be interdisciplinary, and considers all aspects of science that will assist in the further comprehension of an individuals criminal behavior, and the causes of criminal behavior (Andrews and Bonta , 2010). Andrews and Bonta ( 2010) stated that the psychology of criminal conduct can be considered a subfield of criminology and psychology due to common beliefs and common interests with both disciplines. Furthermore, the psychology of criminal conduct can be described as using
A lot of information given in the press release differs from what is written in the original journal. There is a discrepancy between the sample size given in the press release and what appears in the original journal. The press release gives a sample size of 55 convicted murderers, 15 of whom were psychopaths while the original journal gives 52 inmates, 14 of them being psychopaths. The journal in which the original article was published is also misrepresented in the press release. Instead of giving the journal as the journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology the press release gives it as the Journal of Criminological Psychology.
Criminal behaviour has always been an interest for psychologists, for they could never quite come to a conclusion between nature and nurture. Research concerning this topic has been organized for many years and due to the never ending debate, is still being conducted. I have decided to read and write about this myself, for I was genuinely curious about the matter and wanted to be a part of the research, as I felt responsible to do so. I believe that in order to stop something, it must be discussed and scrutinized. What effects do genes have on criminal behaviour, why do peer pressure and habitat influence a person to commit crimes and are men really more violent than women?