John Wayne Gacy Term Paper by hicaliber

John Wayne Gacy
This paper presents a lifespan development and personality analysis of murderer John Wayne Gacy.
# 95753 | 1,111 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on May 31, 2007 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Criminology (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses John Wayne Gacy who tortured, raped and murdered over thirty young men. The writer examines possible reasons why seemingly normal people like John Wayne Gacy choose to kill. The writer explains that on the surface, Gacy appeared to be a professional, living a reasonably well-integrated life, with ties to his community and friends. The writer then looks at possible explanations for Gacy's violent behavior. The writer argues that Erikson's theory of development shows that if a developmental conflict is unresolved, the person is essentially condemned to repeat it, as an adult. The writer concludes that this explains why Gacy was unable to function normally within the community, even after apparently escaping his troubled childhood past.

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Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boeree, C. George, (1998). "Erik Erikson." Personality Theories. Retrieved 28 Oct 2006 at <>
  • Boeree, George. (1998). "B. F. Skinner." Personality Theories. Retrieved 28 Oct 2006 at <>
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