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Mary Bell.Joshua.Petrie


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Mary Bell.Joshua.Petrie

  1. 1. Mary Bell<br />By: JoshuaPetrie<br />
  2. 2. Mary Is apparently a common ten-year-old girl<br />
  3. 3. Brian was found dead at 11:10pm<br />
  4. 4. Nearby, a pair of broken scissors lay in the grass. There were puncture marks on his thighs and his genitals had been partially skinned.<br />
  5. 5. Brian’s belly had been signed “M” with a razor.<br />
  6. 6. Conviction<br />On December 17, 1968 Mary was convicted of Manslaughter<br />Psychiatrists diagnosed her as “displaying classic symptoms of psychopathology” <br />She was sentenced to be "detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure“<br />Diminished responsibility<br />
  7. 7. Psychopathology<br />Lack of feeling towards others<br />Showed no remorse whatsoever, no tears and no anxiety<br />No real criminal motivation<br />Violent towards animals<br />After the murders Mary subjected herself into the crime investigation<br />
  8. 8. Sociological Theories<br />Mary's abusive mother, her genetic wild-card of a father, and physical damage likely incurred by the repetitive drug overdoses all contributions.<br />Her inability to bond with others in a loving manner was twisted into a bonding process based on violent aggression.<br />Mary responded to others based on how she herself had been treated.<br />Mary was given up for adoption.<br />
  9. 9. Biological Theories<br />Mary’s Mother – Betty Bell<br /> a prostitute<br />Substance user<br />Attempted to kill Mary at the age of 2<br />Biological Father – Billy Bell <br />Habitual criminal<br />Arrested for robbery<br />Genetic factors and neurological damage also play a role<br />Body chemistry<br />Serotonin imbalances<br />Poor nutrition<br />
  10. 10. Apparently recovered and rehabilitated, Mary was released after twelve years in 1980<br />
  11. 11. Life After Prison<br />Bell was released from custody in 1980, having served 12 years<br /> She was granted anonymity to start a new life (under a new name)<br />Gave birth in 1984<br />
  12. 12. Any Volunteers?<br /><br />