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AMERICAN CRIMINAL MINDS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Diseases that affect the human brain, and the family problems can make a human become a monster.
STRUCTURE Introduction 1. Monsters or Victims? 2. Studying the Serial Killer Brain 2.1. Antisocial Personality Disorder vs. Psychopathy 2.2. Organized vs. Disorganized Killers 2.3. The Holmes and Holmes Serial Murder Typology 3. Joe Ball - "The Alligator Man" 4. Joseph Christopher: "The Midtown Slasher" 5. Donald Henry Gaskins: "The Meanest Man in America" Conclusion Bibliography
FIRST CHAPTER: MONSTERS OR VICTIMS? Serial killer has difficulty in actually processing, understanding and using emotional material Androgens (hormones), may have a direct influence on physiological mechanisms governing behavior or organize the developing human brain to make particular behavioral responses more likely
SECOND CHAPTER: STUDYING THE SERIAL KILLER BRAIN
ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER VS. PSYCHOPATHY People with personality disorder: - have a long history of arrests - are often involved in physical fights - act impulsively Psychopathy - a severe form of personality disorder Psychopaths: have the antisocial behaviors mentioned have additional traits such as lack of remorse or guilt for their actions.
ORGANIZED VS. DISORGANIZED KILLERS Organized killer - leading an orderly life, high intelligence, socially competent, and more likely than the disorganized killer to have skilled employment. Disorganized killer - reflecting an overall sense of disorder and suggests little, preplanning of the murder,socially incompetent and have below- average intelligence.
THE HOLMES AND HOLMES SERIAL MURDER TYPOLOGY
Visionary - kills because 'commanded' to do so by voices or visions Mission-Oriented - The murderer has a goal (to rid world of certain type of person) Hedonistic - kills for pleasure Power/Control Oriented - the criminal act is based on the desire to show total control over other human being
THE THIRD CHAPTER: JOE BALL - "THE ALLIGATOR MAN" Serial killer from Texas Murdered 20 women during 1930s Had a saloon named Sociable Inn where he kept five alligators Joe killed himself after he was exposed
THE FOURTH CHAPTER: JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER: "THE MIDTOWN SLASHER" Racist from 1980s Killed 30 black people in 4 months with a 22 caliber gun Was convicted to 60 years of prison in 1985
THE FIFTEEN CHAPTER: DONALD HENRY GASKINS: "THE MEANEST MAN IN AMERICA A killer from South Carolina Brutal, detached, pedophile, cannibal, and psychopath. He killed both family members, close friends and strangers He confessed to over 181 murders Was executed on September 6, 1991, at 1:10AM. Was the fourth person to die in the electric chair after the death penalty was reinstated in South Carolina
CONCLUSION In the end, all we can conclude is that serial killers are human black holes. Killing others is not an attempt to fill the void, but to spread the void. They are an embodiment of the darkness, desire, and power that we must repress within ourselves
BIBLIOGRAPHY Douglas, John. The Mind hunte. New York: Pocket Books August 1, 1996 Print Marquis, de Sade. Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings. New York: Grove Press January 11, 1990 Print Osterburg, James and Ward, Richard. Criminal Investigation ed.6, New York: Anderson Publishing April 21, Print