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Criminal Behavior
An overview of some of the theories on the causes of criminal behavior.
# 50333 | 1,735 words | 6 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 13, 2004 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Criminology (General)

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This paper examines how numerous theories have been advanced about the causes of criminal behavior ever since criminology became a serious subject of study in the late 18th century. It looks at how, although most of these theories give us some insight into the mind of criminals and why they commit crimes, there is still no consensus among the experts about most of the reasons advanced to explain the committing of crimes. It explores some of these theories of criminal behavior, including a discussion of serial killers and the possible reasons behind their deviant behavior.

Classical Criminology
Lombroso's Theory of the 'Criminal Type'
Modern Biological Theories of Criminal Behavior
Psychological Theories
Social Causes
Opportunity Theory
Serial Killers

From the Paper:

"Serial Killers are the "ultimate criminals" since they are responsible for committing the most heinous of crimes, i.e., of taking another human's life without legitimate cause, perform the dastardly act repeatedly and usually derive pleasure by doing so. It is, therefore, instructive to briefly look at their behavior pattern as it gives us a useful insight into the functioning of the criminal mind. Studies made by FBI reveal that serial killers fall into two fairly distinct categories: the "organized" and the "disorganized." (Reed, "Specialists look") The organized killer is usually male, white and fairly intelligent, socially adept and ordinary looking who can easily blend into the background. He plans his crimes with great detail, leaving very little evidence behind."

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