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DC Area Snipers. malvo. John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. 19 Sniper Attacks 13 Deaths. Muhammed. 41 Years Old Gulf war Veteran Twice Divorced Islam Convert. Malvo. Mother Abandoned Malvo to Muhammed. When Do Serial Killers Stop Killing? . Only When They are Caught or Killed.

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DC Area Snipers

  • malvo

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John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo

  • 19 Sniper Attacks

  • 13 Deaths

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  • 41 Years Old

  • Gulf war Veteran

  • Twice Divorced

  • Islam Convert

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  • Mother Abandoned Malvo to Muhammed

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When Do Serial Killers Stop Killing?

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Only When They are Caught or Killed

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There are at least 50 Serial Killers Active in the United States Today

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This Lecture Section Will Explore

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Psychology and Criminality

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Psychoanalytic Theory

I was Guilty Even before I committed the crime.

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  • The Actions and Behavior of an Adult are Understood in Terms of Childhood Development

  • Behavior and Unconscious are Related

  • Criminality is Psychological Conflict

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Psychodynamic Perspective

Something that Happened in the Past Affected the Way a Person is Today

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Psychodynamic Perspective

Looking Deep Into the Mind of the Criminal will Unlock why a Person Commits Criminal Acts

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Psychoanalytic Theory: Criminal Behavior comes From 3 Possible Causes:

  • Overbearing Conscience

  • Weak Conscience

  • Immediate Gratification

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Overbearing Conscience

  • A Conscience so Overbearing it Arouses Feelings of Guilt

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Weak Conscience

A Conscience so Weak it Cannot Control its Impulses

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Immediate Gratification

  • Immediate Satisfaction of the Impulses of a Person

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Case Study: Richard

  • 6 Years old When He Committed his First delinquent Act

  • Stole a Comic Book

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Richards Parents

  • Father, an alcoholic

  • Killed in an Automobile Accident

  • Mother Abandoned her Children

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  • In and out of Foster Homes

  • Daytime Burglaries

  • Night Time Auto Thefts

  • At 20 Years Old, Received 10 years for Armed Robbery

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  • Being Caught for Stealing made him feel less Guilty

    • About Hating his Mother and Father

  • Stealing did not Violate his Principles

  • Stealing Gave Richard Immediate Gratification

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Text Page 153 Figure 6.2

Psychodynamic or Psychoanalytic Theory

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Viennese Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

  • Abnormal Behavior comes from Interruptions in a Person’s Development

  • The Period of Interruption is a Fixation

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Psychodynamic Theory

  • Unconscious Conflicts

  • Defenses

  • Tendencies

  • Anger

  • Sexuality

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The id, ego and superego

Human Personality Contains a Three Part Structure

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The id

  • The Primitive Part

  • Seat of all Irrational, Antisocial and Instinctual Behavior

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The ego

  • The Conscious or Rational Part of the Mind: Reality Principle

  • The ego develops when a child finds that some things cannot be immediately gratified

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The superego

  • The Moral Judgment of the mind

  • Passes judgments on behavior

  • Divided into two parts:

    • Conscience

    • Ego Ideal

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Psychosexual Stages of Development : eros

  • Oral Stage

    • First Year of Life

  • Anal Stage

    • Second and Third Year

  • Genital Stage

    • Third year to Latency

  • Latency

    • Sixth Year to Puberty

  • Genital

    • Puberty to Adult

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Interrupted or Incomplete Development at any Stage

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  • Oedipus Complex

    • Males with Sexual Feelings for Mothers

  • Electra complex

    • The Female Version

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Abnormal Behavior

  • Neurotics

  • Psychotics

  • Schizophrenics

  • Inferiority Complex

  • Identity Crisis

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  • I am Losing control of my Mind


  • Add Hallucinations, voices and odors: Schizophrenia: MARKED BY INAPPROPRIATE RESPONSES

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Inferiority Complexes

  • Appear to Have a Drive to Superiority

  • Adler(1870-1937)

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Treatment of Mentally Defective Criminals

  • They are not Evil and Sick Persons

  • They are not Responsible for their Actions

  • Punishment will only Complicate Treatment

  • Why Not Just Release Criminals?

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