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Criminal Profiling Case Study: Ted Bundy

  Criminal Profiling Case Study: Ted Bundy Introduction The case of Ted Bundy, full name Theodore Bundy whom was known as one of the most unpredictable mass murderers and was executed in Florida on Jan 24, 1989. The day before his  execution Dr. James Dobson, a Christian talk radio host interviewed him. Analyzing the information Bundy shared and his environmental background I will view the case from an objective perspective to gather contextual evidence to form a psychological evaluation and diagnosis. Using the DSM-V I was able to find a diagnosis which met the emotional lack of empathy yet ability to remain functional and perform planned homicides....

The Psychology and Sociology of Spiritual Care

Prison chaplains provide spiritual care to inmates. They are aware that the concepts of altruism, avoidance and alienation directly impact the inmates materially, socially and mentally. Altruism is the idea that a person performs an act of kindness that will help others, but will either provide no benefit or a loss to them (Anderson, 2007). This psychological concept can be found in most world religions, including Christianity. In Luke 10:25-36, Luke writes about the parable of the Good Samaritan. In this story, a man is beaten, robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. Three men walk by him as he is dying: a...

Theories of Crime Causation

Trait Theory Trait Theory is a “view that criminality is a product of abnormal biological or psychological traits” (Siegel. Pg. 127). Every individual has their own biological makeup and unique psychology. This theory states that people commit crimes because of certain personality traits, or a person’s character. Sociobiology supports this theory because it explains that behavioral traits are shaped by both inherited traits and the environment, biology and genetics affect how social behaviors are learned and perceived, behavior is determined by the need to ensure survival of offspring and replenishment of the gene pool. The biology, environment and ability to learn are mutually interdependent factors....

Criminological Theory

What factors contribute to a person becoming a criminal? Biological Theories Are babies born killers? The “Twin Studies” supported this theory, showing how a heritable trait may increase the risk for criminal behavior. In this study, the identical twins (MZ) and the fraternal twins (DZ) were tested to see how genetic and environmental influences impact one’s behavior. Before we can discuss the Twin Studies though, let's consider the biological theory as a whole. “Biological factors are more inclusive, consisting of physiological, biochemical, neurological, and genetic factors” (Encyclopedia, 2017). In a sense, this is entirely different than genetics, but it is similar in that the traits are...

Paint and Fiber Evidence Forensic Science

Paint and Fiber Evidence Forensic Science Infrared spectroscopy is used in forensic science to identify organic compounds in arson cases or in plastics, cars, and paints like during car crash or analyzing a cars paint on another vehicle that may have been involved in a hit and run. Infrared spectroscopy can also analyze DNA evidence found in clothing or clothing fibers to help identify a missing person or place an individual at a scene. Additionally microspectrophotometry analyzes light transmitted from small specimens. This is relevant because the forensic science of spectroscopy works by using methods of microspectrophotometry by measuring the vibration of atoms and molecules...