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(CJ416) Week1 Assignment: Profiles of Violent Offenders
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(CJ416) Week1 Assignment: Profiles of Violent Offenders
With little prior knowledge supporting actual reasoning’s of violent behaviors and
tendencies, “the earliest bio-criminologists studied the shape of the head and the body, including
facial features and bumps on the skull” in an effort to both determine and attempt to
predetermine violent tendencies in humans. (Hickey, 2010, p. 53) With advancements in
technology as well as the study of criminology, we can cognize that psychology and biochemical
features of a person might very well support and/or deny an individual’s tendency to exhibit
violent behaviors.
As a result of studies and extensive research conducted by renowned criminologist and
psychologists’, we can perceive significant differences as they pertain to psychological and
biochemical theories of violent behavior. Psychologically, studies have availed the presence of
psychological issues arguably being more prevalent in violent predators than those of us whom
avoid violence; for example, though insanity pleas are attempted less than 1 percent of the time
in criminal cases, and even fewer actually succeed with the use of this defense, psychologists
have determined that “the most likely diagnosis of a mass murderers prior to killings were
schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and/or severe depression disorders.” (Hickey, 2010, p. 59)
Other psychological theories of violent behavioral tendencies encompass the
understanding of a higher likelihood being present that the killer(s) in question have suffered
from a history of mental illnesses; thus resulting in a decreased mental capacity that ultimately
explicates, or substantiates the presences of violent behaviors towards others. With the
understanding that the psychological makeup of a killer might entail the presence of mental
illness or illnesses, it is also noted, such individuals have likely experienced significant
childhood trauma without having ever been properly treated, or institutionalized.

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(CJ416) Week1 Assignment: Profiles of Violent Offenders
An interesting note that was assimilated from the reading is the expressed fact that
nonviolent criminals are typically the ones whom will most incessantly try for an insanity plea.
Psychologically speaking, we know that there are several degrees of mental disorders and
equally as many types of dissociative disorders that might play a role in a person’s desire or
willingness to carry out violent offenses. Mental and dissociative disorders that might play a role
in a person’s willingness or desire to commit violent acts against others embraces, psychosis,
neurosis, dissociative identity disorder, dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, and
depersonalization disorder. With different explanation’s as to the attainment of these types of
disorders, all support a person’s inner desire or willingness to bring harm to others for reasons
that could arguably be out of their control, and a direct result of these mental deficiencies’ or
insecurities.
Where the psychological factors of killers and violent individuals are many, biochemical
factors/theories of violent behaviors are voluminous as well. Upon reading chapter three in the
book Serial Murderers and Their Victims, we have revealed several varieties of biochemical
factors that may, or may not be directly linked criminal behaviors. “Modern research now
supports a variety of biochemical factors involved in criminal behavior such as, allergies,
environmental conditions, and diet.” (Hickey, 2010, p. 54) Many of us are familiar with the
ideations that we are a product of our environment; for example, a child that might have grown
up in an abusive, loveless, and alcoholic home might adopt the understanding that such behaviors
are both socially and morally acceptable when in fact the opposite is true.
In addition, a variety of studies conducted also support that “elimination diets notably
reduce hyperactivity-related symptoms and decrease violence.” (Hickey, 2010, p. 54) This leaves
the understanding that individuals suffering from disorders such as ADHD might carry a higher

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