Biopsychosocial Case Study Of Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men between the years of 1978 to 1991 in which he participated in necrophilia, dismemberment and cannibalism (Meyer, 2006). As a child, Dahmer was shy and suffered from low self-esteem. At a young age, Dahmer displayed abnormal behavior starting with the collecting of dead animals and using acid to strip off the meat having necrophilia desires. This escalated in his teen years turning into fantasies of killing and mutilating men. After graduating from high school, he was living alone and the feelings of abandonment returned giving him justification in his mind to commit crimes. Throughout his teens years he abused alcohol, which also lead to abnormal behavior. By the age of 18, his parents divorced leaving him to feel abandoned, lost and rejected. Shortly after, Dahmer committed his first murder of a hitchhiker named Stephen Hicks. Dahmer took Hicks home and killed him by smashing his head and bones when the man wanted to leave (Bardsley, 2008). Several years past, in which during that time, Dahmer tried college but was unsuccessful. He enlisted in the military as a medic and abused, tortured and controlled his roommate for the 18 month he was there, later being discharged for his problems with alcohol (Watermann, n.d.). He began working a factory job and lived with his grandmother for 6 years while frequenting gay bars. In 1987, he killed Steven Toumi, his second victim (Bardsley, 2008). In 1988 he was charged for sexually fondling with a 13 year old boy serving 10 months and registering as a sex offender. At this point, Dahmer’s father would see him as nothing more than a liar, alcoholic, thief and a child molester increasing Dahmer’s feelings of abandonment (Bardsley, 2008).
He would go on to kill 15 more men, mostly African American minorities by luring them from a gay bar promising money in exchange for photos or to watch videos where he would drug, kill, and engage in sexual activity before dismembering his victims. He would keep heads and genitalia as trophies and muscles frozen for future consumption. On some victims he would perform lobotomies pouring acid in the holes causing the victims to live for a few days in a zombie like state (Bardsley, 2008). By 1991, after seeing a disoriented male with handcuffs attached to his wrist wandering outside, police finally made the gruesome discovery. Police found body parts and a shrine of heads in which Dahmer believed by worshipping evil, he would receive special powers and energy to increase his social and financial status. Dahmer pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, which was rejected and he received 16 consecutive life sentences. By 1994, he was murdered by an inmate (Bardsley, 2008). Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors
The biological, psychological, and social factors of sexual disorders attempt to explain the influences behind abnormal behavior and the proper way to administer proper treatment. Biologically, disease or injuries can have a disinhibiting effect contributing to paraphilic behavior. Research of the connection between the biological factors, temperament and inborn behavioral tendencies shed light on why an individual might commit criminal acts (Hansell & Damour, 2005). Dahmer’s father believed medications taken by his mother might be responsible for his actions. Dahmer’s mother, Joyce, experienced post partum depression and had a history of mood instability indicated to Jeffrey, he was the cause of her depression. However, genetic and biological factors do not necessarily indicate a potential for an illness or particular trait.
Neurotransmitters and brain function play an important role in human behavior. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with behaviors such as sexuality and moodiness (Plante, 2005, p. 78) Emotionally, individuals go through anxiety and sexual frustration, fear, guilt and in some cases anger towards oneself and sexual partner (Millner,...
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