PSY422 ?Argosy University A Serial Murder


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The Case Example

In this Module we learned about the three types of multiple murders: Serial, mass or spree murders. Choose one case of multiple murder (either serial, mass or spree). Research the case online (do not use Wikipedia as anything other than a jumping off point) and write a paper summarizing the case. Present this summary in the form of a 3-5 page paper which will be used as a supplemental reading in a class on criminal behavior. In the paper:

Provide a detailed description of the case and the type of multiple murder it signifies. Use at least three sources beyond your online notes and assigned textbook.

Discuss the reasoning for the crime according to the offender (if available) or other sources

Analyze the case in light of at least two psychological theories that may explain or add to the understanding of the event or case

Draw a conclusion about the psychological causes of this crime.

Remember, this paper will be assigned as required reading for another class, so make sure that you appropriately define all of the psychological terms that you use as if you were writing for someone who does not have any background in the subject.

Please be sure to include a cover page and a reference page. The paper should be appropriately APA formatted and cited in accordance to APA standards. At least 3 references

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School: UIUC


A Serial Murder - Outline
I. Introduction
II. The case of a serial murder
A. The case of Samuel Little

Killed poor women with addiction problems

III. Psychological theories
A. Control theory

Conceptualizes attachment as an effective bond

B. Attachment theory

Revolves around the distress that an infant experiences upon separation
from their parents

IV. Relation of the theories to Mr. Little’s crime history
V. Psychological causes of crime



A Serial Murder


A Serial Murder

Murder is undoubtedly one of the most terrifying and fascinating phenomena of
modern-day crime. Humans are and continue to be reminded of the vulnerability that exists
within them when individuals per taking in murder to decide to kill people can do so with
relative ease. Different people including the media have different ways of dealing with serial
killing. Much of what people know or claim to know regarding most of the serial killing that
occurs is based on misinformation and myth construction (Hickey, 2013). Humans' interest in
forensics and violent crime comprise some of the factors that fuel many of humans'
misperceptions regarding serial killing. Serial murder has been witnessed in the United States
where serial killers continue to recount their events upon their incarceration.
Samuel Little is one of the serial murderers in the United States where he confessed to
more than ninety murders that stretch back almost a c...

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