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Inside Criminal Minds

Updated on June 3, 2009

The psychology behind why a person commits a violent crime has been studied for decades. Criminal profilers have spent hours interviewing and studying notorious criminals such as Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer to gain a better grasp of what drives them to commit such heinous crimes.

One conclusion that was reached was that it is a matter of both nurture and ones built in character. Do hardened criminals not have the ability to empathize with the victims, or to understand that what they are doing is wrong. In most cases these criminals feel justified in committing their crime, and often feel that if the victim deserved it. They can choose to pick a select group of individuals to punish, for example women. The criminals often have a past of serious child abuse or neglect, mental illness and lack of parental involvement in raising the child. The first signs that something is terribly wrong with the child's behavior or language is often overlooked or neglected. They are often ridiculed by peers and family members, or made to perform unnatural acts. Profilers often are able to describe the type of car a criminal may drive, the kind of clothes they wear, and what jobs they might hold. This information can be determined by the type of crime that was committed, the way it was executed, and the manner the crime scene was left.

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      Julia 6 years ago

      well its different when you read something that you dont think about everyday. i mean you dont hear so much of a crimnails mind on tv that much. know i think i shall raise my child when i have one later in life raise him or she in a good manner with good intensions

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      adam 6 years ago

      trouble..all of are,sertain rhing set on off mainly due to one childhood experiences...the people around makes us who we...and the don't even know what the influences that they give...hatred to one self that one don't care who and what they do... the feelings just might all disappear ...

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      Cyndi Barnier 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Good hub page...and good fodder for a book that I'm currently working on!!!