One sociological explanation of crime is that those who engage in crime were raised and shown crime in early ages of their life.
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. His parents could’ve been very abusive while growing up. It says that 80% of adults that were abused as a child now have some type of a psychological disorder. So more than likely, Bowling’s suffered from abuse as a child. According to what detectives discovered of Maple’s body, she suffered a head injury, was strangled and was also raped. The reasoning for Brandon’s acts of terrible violence all started when he was a kid. No one just grows up and decides to kill and hurt people if they don’t at least have some form of a psychological
There are several Psychological theories that could contribute a path to delinquency. They include psychodynamic theory, the attachment theory, the moral development theory and the behavioral theory just to name a few. In researching information on Eric Smith, I believe he had several underlying issues that contributed to his violent senseless crime against a helpless little boy. I feel the lack of moral development was a huge factor that caused this youth to explode.
As societal crime rate continues to escalate, the epidemic of homicides and mass murders remains a prevalent social problem. Thus, the emergence of serial killers has caused alarm among many criminologists and psychologists. Serial killers usually have an impulsive desire to kill for no particular reason, which makes it difficult for law enforcement and criminal professionals to understand their motives. Thus, the motives of serial killers have led to heated debates and challenged the nature vs. nurture theory. Many scientists believe that serial killers are genetically incline to commit murders, while criminologists associate violent crimes to childhood and surroundings. Essentially, exploring how and why serial killers commit crimes is an important area because it will help
Like many other attitudes and behaviors, we acquire in life, we can also learn how to be a willing participant in criminal behavior by being taught to do so. A child learns by observing others that they are in direct contact with and then imitate what they have observed, which carries on into adulthood. Of course, there are several environmental factors that can play into whether an individual learns to be a criminal or not, and those can boil down to where they live, how their family environment is, who they grow up around, their parents’ job or lack thereof, etc. Based off the text, Elijah Anderson’s The Code of the Street, criminal behavior is learned through this code that spells out how criminal behavior is learned, what it entails, how it is executed, and how it is passed down from family to
John Wayne Gacy was born into a rough household. His father was an abuser. His father, John Stanley Gacy, was an alcoholic, and he beat his wife and kids. John Wayne’s sister Karen once said the kids grew so used to the beatings that John Wayne would not even cry. The rough family life brought him very close to his two sisters and his mother.
In this assignment the case study of Ted Bundy and how many biological, social and cognitive studies affect the perspective of criminals. In this case biological theories are our genetics and what we inherit from our parents and further on. These theories will be linked to Ted and if they affect how he performed the criminal acts.
This theory clearly rules out the effect of inherited or innate factors, and the last is the cognitive theory, which is based on how the perception of an individual is manifested into affecting his or her potential and capability to commit a crime. (Psychological theories of crime) Relating these theories to the case under study, it’s clear that the behaviour can be traced most times to faulty relationships in the family during the first years of
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? Is it the nature of their lives and their surroundings? Is it their family genes and the way they grew up with their family? Many serial killers are affected differently. They aren’t all driven by the same thing though. There is something in each serial killer that makes them different. There is something inside that drives them into their psychotic rage. Even though nature and nurture both play a part in a serial killer’s life, nurture is more effective to a serial killer’s life than nature.
Naturally everyone is born evil, it just takes someone to teach us how to be good. When people don 't know where to turn to, they turn against each other. This is demonstrated every time a civilization collapses, people result to violence. The reason we do not commit crime, is because of the law, accompanied with the fear of the punishment. "I was like a wild beast that had broken the toils; destroying the objects that obstructed me and ranging through the wood with a stag-like swiftness.”(Shelley 146). He got fed up with people and so he acted with such an evil intent. Thus releasing all his anger. But, here is the weakness, people get scared and resort to what they have learned over the course of their lives in times of strife. Other people that resort to the violence they speak of could be from there genetics. Many criminals, killers, and felons have a mental disorder that messes them up. Then they go out and create mass hysteria. There is also the fact that decisions made over time will affect the type of person you will become. Like The monster started as a naive being then got upset from the poor environment around him, and acted out in revenge: ruining his life and place in society even more than it already was. "I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death” (Shelley 148). The world threw animosity at him day in and out leaving him bitter and alone so he acted out in an act of revenge. That all could have been prevented if he was around a supportive and caring
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.
“What is one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?” This quote was said by Ted Bundy (Beale). He had no remorse of what he did, and felt no pain while doing so. Ted Bundy was born on November 24th 1946, and his star sign is Sagittarius. His real name was Theodore Robert Cowell and lived in vermont for most of his life. During his college years, he went to study law and psychology in Pennsylvania at Temple University, and later got a degree in psychology. Ted Bundy was one of the most psychotic serial killers of all time because of how he killed his victims, the insane psychological side of him, and how many he killed in total.
Trauma alone cannot be the predisposition of someone becoming a serial killer. It can be an insight of why the deviant behavior begins, like the Macdonald Triad. Both models alone cannot determine someone’s
One of the most debated topics throughout the world is nature versus nurture. When psychologists debate this topic, they are studying what influences a person’s personal development. Some say that a person’s nature influences personal development while others say a person’s nurture influences personal development. A lot of people spend time contemplating which one actually does the influencing but what some do not realize is that, perhaps, both nature and nurture help shape a person’s personal development. One topic that comes up quite often is whether or not a person is born a criminal. Today, there are proven facts that people who have parents that are criminals have a high chance of becoming criminals themselves. Not only can people become criminals because of their family but they can also become criminals because of the environment that they surround themselves in. This is where nature versus nurture comes into play.
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? My paper aims to discuss the three different factors of criminal behaviour, what causes it and why. My essay will examine and focus mainly on the genetic makeup of a person, the environment in which they are raised in and gender differences.