In the late 1960s Manson created the Manson Family, a quasi-commune, that is held responsible for 35 murders. What makes a person do such heinous things? Well, for Charles Manson it was having schizophrenia, his interest in music, and his
But taking the time to think more intensely about it, people have psychological/ behavioral problems that lead to unnecessary actions. It could all be because of things they went through as a child, or the environment they grew up in. Brandon Bowling, Maples murderer; may have been around a lot of violence in his life. Those acts of violence most likely influenced Bowling’s actions against others. Though witnessing violence isn’t always the case.
On 14 December 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was under attack. The attacker, Adam Lanza shot twenty children between six and seven years old, and six staff members. Then he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. His relatives said Adam was apparently bullied and beaten when he was enrolled at the Sandy Hook. Lanza had launched this massacre as “act of revenge.”
Each school shooter has an individual story and should be treated disparate from the rest, but there are several similar characteristics between many school shooters throughout history. Though there are many factors that come into play when evaluating why someone would shoot up a school. One of those factors stems purely from the shooter’s mental health. In several interviews, such as an interview of Evan Ramsey the 1997 Bethel Regional High School shooter, school shooters admit to feeling mentally unstable.
It is suggested that because of these feelings, it was easier for him to turn to murder and evil thoughts. Jeffery Dahmer’s thoughts of dread and doom are strong indications of
Social Control theory can be used as a reliable and valid psychosocial explanation of school violence, specifically in explaining the actions of the Columbine school shooters. Kempf-Leonard and Morris described control theory in their journal in a way that provides an explanation for how behavior conforms to that which is generally expected in society. Some control theories emphasize the developmental processes during childhood by which internal constraints develop. Social control theories, however, focus primarily on external factors and the processes by which they become effective. Deviance and crime occur because of inadequate constraints.
The theory used in this journal pertains to the race, age, and gender of a serial killer; how they kill, the race, age, and gender of the victim; and how the killer lived before and during the killings. Before beginning his own study, Pakhomou (2004) found that “Serial (sexual killers are believed to be mostly white males in their twenties and thirties (at the time of the crimes) with above-average intelligence who commit intra-racial (within the same racial group) murders of strangers” (p. 220). Approximately half of them never had consensual sex with another adult, some joining the military, about half did not finish high school, and they had a history of burglary and sexual offenses prior to murders. There is no set reason or evidence that explains why people commit sexual homicide; however, there are many theories. One set factor that all researchers agree on is that “the most monstrous and most perverse sexual acts are usually committed by persons of sound mind, who are functionally rigid (in terms of a number of activities that they carry on), obsessed with fantasy and who have a determination to do what they want” (Pakhomou, 2004, p. 221).
What drives a serial killer to their breaking point? What is it that makes them start killing? Nature and nurture are both key elements. They both play their part in turning a once innocent person, into a psychopath. Which drives a serial killer more though?
In “What Makes a Serial Killer”, La Donna Beaty aims to provide an evidence regarding the most vital characteristics of a serial killer. Mainly, the information given in the article is based on eight different sources with the help of which the author supports her primary argument. There are four essential characteristics that the author distinguishes as being the most influential in terms of becoming a serial killer. Concretely, according to the presented theories, these characteristics include the impact of society, the general atmosphere within one 's family, the heavy use of alcohol and mental illnesses. Beaty 's essay is fairly an informative piece as suggesting what might form a serial killer, she does not say what she thinks may
Feud, the key innovator of psychodynamic approach claimed that adult personality is the product of innate drives (nature) and the childhood experience (nurture) . These innate drives include the structure of the personality, the id, Ego and the super ego as well as the psychosexual stages of development every child passes through, oral stage, anal stage, latency stage, phallic stage and genital stage. If the child does not pass through these processes successfully it could lead to abnormalities in behaviour. The biological approach to mental illness focuses on the physiology and medical issue that trigger the mental illness.
Due to the anxiety, he was unable to properly answer questions during an interview and was shown not being able to focus on what the reporter was saying. Howard was being anti-social and became distressed which was a perfect example of his elevated levels of psychoticism. As he grew older the levels of this trait only grew higher as well and caused great social and personal issues throughout his everyday
The Oregonian, a newspaper catering to residents in the State of Oregon, interviewed Harper-Mercer’s mother shortly after the shooting and discovered that “[he was] dealing with some mental issues, and was intolerant of roaches that had infested the building.” His disgust suggests that he was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which, according to Alison Leight Cowan’s article in The New York Times, “is a psychotic disorder.” Therefore, both Lanza and Harper-Mercer illustrate that people with psychotic disorders can and have committed gun violence. As persons suffering from psychotic disorders are unable to safely handle guns, regulations must be implemented to stop these people from obtaining
Mental illness and criminology: a review of related literature Aja Ferguson Chaminade University CJ 605 Dr. Allen 3/18/2017 I. INTRODUCTION Mental illness and criminology are two fields that continue to generate interest among researchers. One of the reasons that explain the consistent interest of scholars is the presence of a vast, unexplored territory where there is a dearth in available and updated information related to mental illness and criminology. Even though the study of the mentally ill and the criminal are two different spheres, it is not uncommon that individuals became criminals because they are mentally ill, just like it is not new to discover criminals in prison to develop