Tomorrow's Killer Beth Thomas

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Tomorrow’s Killers People commit cruel and unspeakable acts daily and therefore the human capacity to commit evil acts is put into question. We consider these individuals as simply being bad apples, when in fact the issue lies much deeper, and perhaps is something that they have no control over. Research proves the physical and emotional well being of a person is closely related to the first few years of childhood. Child of Rage is a chilling documentary about a little girl, Beth Thomas, who was sexually abused by her father at a young age, and as a result suffers from an extreme case of Reactive Attachment Disorder. Those suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder often have troubled upbringings, which often leads to continual relationship…show more content…
Beth Thomas was a child whose mother passed away soon after her first birthday. Until being taken away at the age of 19 months, she was sexually abused by her sadistic father. Such traumatic abuse at a young age has prolonged effects on a child. For example when asked why she hurts her brother, Beth responds with, “I was hurt so bad I don’t want to be around people” (Child of Rage). The early abuse results in Beth’s inability to develop a sense of consciousness, love or trust toward anyone. As the documentary on Beth Thomas’ therapy session deepens, viewers get a bone-chilling look into the true effects of sexual abuse, Beth calmly describes herself molesting her younger brother. The therapist asks Beth what she does to her younger brother John and she cold-heartedly and without emotion describes touching his penis, “I pinch it...squeeze it… kick it. He says stop but I don’t stop” (Child of Rage).As a result of the helplessness and abuse she received from her father, Beth in return displays and portrays the kind of abuse she underwent, and uses her brother to release this pent-up rage. With no sense of remorse, Beth often talks about thoughts of murdering her family saying, “Mhm I would hurt them.” The therapist asks, “When would you hurt them Beth?” Beth responds, “At…show more content…
These individuals are deeply disturbed human beings who most likely had traumatic childhood experiences and as a result have undiagnosed conditions that go untreated. Reactive Attachment Disorder is common among victims of emotional and physical childhood abuse where the bond between the mother and the infant is not formed and therefore, damages the chance of forming future lasting relationships. Children suffering from RAD often display control and anger issues as well as failing to show guilt or remorse after being mischievous because of a lack of a consciousness. As seen in the Beth Thomas story, these children often display behaviors of a sociopathic nature directly resulting in the inability to connect and form normal social and emotional relationships with those closest to them. This disorder is characterized under “Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders” and is relatively rare among the population as it is seen in less than 10% of cases involving severe abuse and neglect, (Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders - Solutions In Psychology). For those unlucky enough to suffer and develop traits of such disorders, child development into adulthood can be very troublesome and often lead to lasting psychological issues are likely to remain detached from relationships. This
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