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Elements of a crime

  • Course: CRJ
  • School: CCU
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Criminal Case #1: Crimes Against Persons (Kidnapping)
Colleen Stan is a woman that was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Cameron Hooker in Red Bluff, California in 1977. Hookers wife assisted in the kidnapping as well. She was held as a prisoner for 7 years. During this time, she was tortured, sexually assaulted, and led to believe that she was being watched by a large organization called “The Company”. Colleen was then mentally coerced to sign a, “slavery contract” that was supposed to have been from “The Company”. During the mental abuse she was assigned a new name “K”, and was led to believe that her family would be hurt if she attempted to escape. During her time as a captive, she was kept in wooden boxes that Hooker had made. The Elements and Features of the Crime

Of the three elements that make a case a crime, criminal act, culpable mental state, and the concurrence of the two, they were all present in this case. The criminal act was the kidnapping, sexual assault, and being threatened with a weapon. Hooker was in a “Culpable Mental State” which refers to, “the state of mind of an individual while committing a crime” CITATION unk14 \l 1033 (unknown, Culpable Mental State Law & Legal Definition, 2014). This case also fits into the 8 features of a crime. The “Actus reus or The guilty act” was backed up with the act of the “Mens rea-The guilty mind”. This is proven by the fact that Hooker tried to convince Colleen that she was in the possession of “the Company” so that it took the blame off of himself, and with Colleen signing the slavery contract this eased his guilty mind that she wanted to be treated the way that she was treated. Thus causing the concurrence. There is causation in the fact that the things that Hooker did to Colleen produced mental and physical harm to her. The legality in this crime is that is it not allowed to take a person against their will, hold them captive, sexually harm them, or use a weapon to threaten or coerce someone...
Criminal Case #1: Crimes Against Persons (Kidnapping)
Colleen Stan is a woman that was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Cameron Hooker in Red
Bluff, California in 1977. Hookers wife assisted in the kidnapping as well. She was held as a prisoner
for 7 years. During this time, she was tortured, sexually assaulted, and led to believe that she was
being watched by a large organization called “The Company”. Colleen was then mentally coerced
to sign a, “slavery contract” that was supposed to have been from “The Company”. During the
mental abuse she was assigned a new name “K”, and was led to believe that her family would be
hurt if she attempted to escape. During her time as a captive, she was kept in wooden boxes that
Hooker had made.
The Elements and Features of the Crime
Of the three elements that make a case a crime, criminal act, culpable mental state, and the
concurrence of the two, they were all present in this case. The criminal act was the kidnapping,
sexual assault, and being threatened with a weapon. Hooker was in a “Culpable Mental State”
which refers to, “the state of mind of an individual while committing a crime” CITATION unk14 \l
1033 (unknown, Culpable Mental State Law & Legal Definition, 2014).
This case also fits into the 8 features of a crime. The “Actus reus or The guilty act” was backed up
with the act of the “Mens rea-The guilty mind”. This is proven by the fact that Hooker tried to
convince Colleen that she was in the possession of “the Company” so that it took the blame off of
himself, and with Colleen signing the slavery contract this eased his guilty mind that she wanted to
be treated the way that she was treated. Thus causing the concurrence. There is causation in the
fact that the things that Hooker did to Colleen produced mental and physical harm to her. The
legality in this crime is that is it not allowed to take a person against their will, hold them captive,
sexually harm them, or use a weapon to threaten or coerce someone to do something against their
will. The Punishment or the sanctions imposed for violating the law for are that, “Hooker was that he
found guilty, was sentenced to consecutive terms for the sexual assaults, and the sentences totaled
60 years. He also received 1 to 25 years for the kidnapping, plus a 5 to 10 year sentence for using a
knife in the process” CITATION unk12 \l 1033 (unknown, Evil Sits at the Dinner Table, 2012). I am
unaware of anything other than the excuse of insanity plea to defend Hooker.
Criminal Case #2: Property Crime (Bonnie and Clyde)
Summary
A famous criminal case that I could think of for this summary was the case of Bonnie Parker and
Clyde Barrow. Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in January, 1930. At the time, Bonnie was 19 and
married to an imprisoned murderer; Clyde was 21 and unmarried. These two notorious people after
a long crime spree, turning murderous many times, were hunted by the police for many offenses
including theft, larceny, burglary, robbery, and shoplifting. They were also wanted for numerous
killings, and state charges of kidnapping.
Criminal Justice Process
For Bonnie and Clyde the complete process from the time that the crime was committed to the time
that they were executed repeated over and over. The timeline of the process was as follows.
The Bureau of Investigation, became interested in Barrow and his paramour late in December 1932
because of a ford car.
On May 20, 1933, the United States Commissioner at Dallas, Texas, issued a warrant against Clyde
Barrow and Bonnie Parker.
The FBI then started its hunt for this elusive pair.
He was arrested for a burglary and sent to jail.
He escaped, using a gun Bonnie had smuggled to him, was recaptured and was sent back to prison.
Clyde was paroled in February 1932, rejoined Bonnie, and resumed a life of crime.
On November 22, 1933, a trap was set by the Dallas, Texas sheriff and his deputies in an attempt to
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