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The Theories of Crime

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One of the theories of crime suggested by Dr. William Glasser, MD is the ‘ Rational Choice Theory’ . This theory says that criminals have a reason for committing crimes. They are completely rational and may have personal reasons for committing crimes such as greed, lust, jealousy, hunger, need, thrill, etc. This theory also suggests that at times the criminals decide whether to commit a crime or not, while at other times they are helpless in front of their own urges and desires. Some criminals are thought to be extraverts, who need a higher level of motivation and excitement, and this leads to a conflict with the law.

Neurotic criminals are mostly emotional disturbed; they usually had family problems when they were young, and in the majority of the cases the Father as a figurehead was missing. This was exactly what happened with Coral. He lost his father due to the divorce, and then lived in continuous fear of losing his mother, and was unable to accept his step-father and his step-sisters. He had an extremely disturbing family life during his childhood. Most serial killers have sexual satisfaction as the major factor for their committing crimes.

They commit crimes in a similar fashion which becomes their trademark. There is usually a connection between the different acts of murder and could be linked together; this could be the gender of the victims, their appearance or even their profession. In the case of Coral, it was the gender; that is his victims were all females. Research has shown that serial killers generally have a high I. Q. but they cannot keep a steady job. The Policeman interviewing Coral admitted that he found him to be a person with a very high I. Q.

and extremely intelligent and had a brilliant memory. Most of the serial killers are victims of abuse themselves. Coral was harassed a lot at school and suffered abuse at the hands of fellow students. Some researchers believe that crimes are committed due to some biological or psychological disorders.

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  • Pages: 7 (1750 words)
  • Document Type: Case Study
  • Subject: Law
  • Level: Masters
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