Media Crime Psychology

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Maria Paula Villarreal Valencia
Psychology of Criminal Behavior
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Flashpoint follows the chronicles the efforts of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) Team One, an elite and highly skilled group of cops charged with rescuing hostages, defusing bombs and breaking up gangs. The series title comes from another part of their job, getting inside a suspect 's head and discovering his emotional "flashpoint" that triggered the crisis in the first place. In season five, episode five, Team One responds to the abduction of Peggi Walsh, a young nurse taken by a man at knifepoint. This was a man they had been looking for before because he had abducted two other nurses. They defined him as a smart man that always picks them up at parking
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Instead the ideas are form based on the media depictions and illustrations of both crime and criminals. It has been shown that violent crimes are more likely to gain the attention of the media. There are three factors influencing the selection of media crime stories unusual circumstances, dramatic elements, and involvement of famous people. Crime is used to sell. The media portrays crime and criminals in a stereotypical manner. Most crime is violent, interpersonal, pathological. However, that is sometimes not the case. The media has a profound influence on the general public understanding of crime.Various sources of information, commentary, and debate on crime exist in print, video and electronic media outlets. These outlets create the parameters of perceived wisdom on crime. Most media illustrate crime in a mainstream and sensational fashion. One way has been the manner in which victims are presented. Yet, the media is not alone in dramatizing certain kinds of victims. Media sometimes focussed more of their attention to violent and property crime than to corporate and white-collar crime. The most common image of a crime victim are the victims of murder, rape, robbery, burglary or some other conventional

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