Dr. Julia D’Antonio – Del Rio
February 4, 2013
Writing Assignment #2
Throughout history, there have been many individuals whose deviant acts have become nationwide news. Names such as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy are known to Americans as those of some of the most notorious serial killers in our nation’s history. Controversy over whether men like the ones presented are sane enough to withstand trial and be sentenced to death continues to this day. In my opinion, I feel as if psychopathic murderers should not be spared the death penalty.
Growing up, most kids are taught the difference between what is right and what is wrong. The case is the same with both Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. In interviews, both are shown telling reporters that they grew up in a loving home with parents that cared for them and their well being. According to the article posted on moodle, many psychopaths grow up in abusive homes that can contribute to deviant behaviors. Because of the back grounds that many psychopaths have, they are more likely to commit a violent act and feel no remorse after the fact. Another contribution to the deviant behavior of such individuals is addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc. Ted Bundy mentioned in his interview that he had an addiction to pornography that escalated to multiple murders over a four year span. Killers such as Ted Bundy leave me with the opinion I believe in. Bundy, along with Dahmer, realized that what they were doing was wrong and immoral. According to a Canadian study, “Mental disorders "disrupt" the mechanism that stops people from hurting their families. But among the violent offenders researchers spoke to, those with a "greater degree" of psychopathy tended not to hurt family members. “That's exactly what you'd expect of healthy people," lead author Daniel Krupp, of Queen's University, told QMI Agency (Noik).
For psychopaths, realizing right from wrong is...