Serial Killers Hadeel Mendili 11AA Sharjah American International School Abstract Killing is a very infamous, and unfortunately, a frequent thing. There are many types of serial killers with reasons and causes of killing, but they all have one thing in common. Murder. Most do it for pleasure, or even believe it’s for “the good”. This essay will explain the studied psychological effects and origins of the mind of a serial killer.
Although most cases of power motivated murders are based solely around sexual acts, a significant number of homicides are based around “playing God” (Fox and Levin 21). A man by the name of Donald Harvey confessed to the murders of nearly 80 patients that were under his care in a hospital in Cincinnati. Many claimed that he was a mercy killer, meaning he only did it to put his patients out of their misery, but he ultimately enjoyed the dominance he had over his patients and what he viewed as dominance over God himself. Revenge motivations are targeted at specific individuals, groups of individuals, or society which can also be compared with the mission-controlled origin. According to Shervert Frazier, this is also known as “murder by proxy” which means victims are chosen specifically because of their resemblance to whom they wish to get revenge on (Fox and Levin 22).
Craparo, A. Schimmenti, V. Caretti (European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 2013) The source is a study done on a group of violent offenders from Italy in order to determine the effect of physical trauma/neglect in childhood on the development of psychopathic behaviour in adulthood. The source investigates 22 criminal offenders who, at some stage in their lives, have had a traumatic (physical) experience. The scientists conducting the experiment used the Hare Psychopathy Checklist—Revised (PCL-R) which measures the presence of psychopathic tendencies in an individual by “checking” a number of personality traits. The study found that the offenders who experienced early childhood physical trauma scored the highest in the Hare Psychopathy Checklist—revised test. The sample group is of a minimal number and the experiment was only completed once, which decreases the accuracy of results.
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The connection loss can cause many problems for the serial killer’s thought process. A person’s negative emotions are censored by the prefrontal cortex which is then controlled by the amygdala. The amygdala responds to the emotion that is needed after the impulse reaches the prefrontal cortex. When the connection of the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex is low, the body has trouble processing negative emotions (Brogaard 2). The lack of negative emotions can make the serial killer lose the recognition of when they or someone around them needs empathy, is embarrassed or is hurt by others’ actions.
Serial killers are very well-know people because of their gruesome murders that they commit. The definition of a serial killer is “a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern” (“Oxford Definitions”). One person, whom some may think does not fit that description of a serial killer was Richard Kuklinski. Richard Kuklinski, seen by many people as more of a mobster because of his involvement with the mafia, was indeed a serial killer. Even though he was a hitman, he matched the definition of a serial killer.
I think in this book that is what it is trying to tell us is that just because someone does something that other people typically wouldn’t do does not mean they are insane or mentally ill. Why did Tony write to serial killers was it just because of his TBI and the fact he could connect with them or was there another reason. No one knows the real reason why Serial Killers kill only they know and understand why. That is why I would recommend this book to people who are not only studying criminal justice but who would like to take a bit of a closer look in the minds of some well known killers, how they are all very different. Like not all of them are white and not all of them are male. There are Serial killers who have a different ethnicity’s I feel they may not get as much attention as the ones who are white but that is just my opinion.
Do victim precipitation theories mean victim blaming? Explain and evaluate. 1.0 Introduction of victim precipitation Victim precipitation theories generally involve an explanation of how an individual’s behavior may contribute to his or her own victimization. In future the victim precipitation is behavior by a victim that initiates subsequent behavior of the victimizer and the degree to which victim is responsible for own victimization Early attempts at studying victim behavior involved the development of typologies that allowed victimol-ogists to determine who was most responsible for the criminal incident offender or victim. For instance, Wolfgang first introduced the formal concept of victim precipitation in his seminal work on homicide in 1958 when he argued that, in some instances, the victim may initiate the behavior of the victimizer .
“Serial killers murder three or more victims, but each is killed on separate occasions” (Montaldo, 2015). However, unlike mass murderers and spree killers, serial killers usually select their victims, have cooling off periods between murders, and plan their crimes carefully (Montaldo, 2015). Jack the Ripper and James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter were