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The psychology behind why someone commits a heinous or violent crime has been studied for decades. Criminal profilers have literally spent hours interviewing and studying well-known criminals such as Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer.
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.