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Code Of The Serial KIller

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  • 1. Kelly-Code of the Serial Killer Tori Kelly Code of the Serial Killer 23 September 2011 Westwood College Criminal Justice 1
  • 2. Kelly-Code of the Serial Killer Abstract: For years, medical professionals have correlated biological and/or environmental prototypesto serial murderers. The most prevalent factors have traditionally been children who sufferedrepeatedabuse or brain deficiency. The first theory however, fails to recognize one veryfundamental flaw: legitimacy of the serial killer’saccounts during consultation. Being that thesecriminals are cunning predators,allocates a wide span of doubt and a very narrow windowofscientific certainty.Rather than relying onerroneous data garnered from the past, we needtoassess the present as a means of hopefully averting the foundation of a serial killer in thefuture. 2
  • 3. Kelly-Code of the Serial Killer Not all serial killers suffered from child abuse or brain deficiency; and not all abused or braindeficient children become serial killers. According toassessment data,36% suffered fromphysical child abuse; 26% sexual abuse; 50% psychological abuse; and 18% neglect(Mitchell &Aamodt, 2005). Biologically, the part of the brain that controls negative and violent behaviorisgenetically different between violent prone individuals and the general population. In 2000, Dr.Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin compared 500 brain scans and discovereddiminished or lack of brain activity in the orbital frontal cortex and the anterior cingulated cortexof violent killers, theorizing this as the cause of uncontrollable urges(Serial Killers: Nature vs.Nurture-How Serial Killers are Born, 2011). While scientists attribute violent murder to genetics;criminologists and psychosocial behaviorists argue that environmental factors predispose savagetendencies. In my conclusion, although research partially supports both theories, combiningthem is essential to provoke a serial killer. Early signs of violent propensities have been documented in young boys who torture animals.Studies indicate this behavior tends to escalate toward human beings. Young girls have beenobserved to display violent behavior towards dolls, but more studies are needed(Serial Killers:Nature vs. Nurture-How Serial Killers are Born, 2011). Although child abuse intervention is difficult due to lack of cooperation with the parents,laws need to be enacted requiring children displaying violent behavior in school to receivepsychological assessment and therapy or be removed from the home. While this would require 3
  • 4. Kelly-Code of the Serial Killerresources, the costs of the consequences are greater. Besides valuable lives being lost, serialkillers require many professionals working together to apprehend them. 4

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