The Murder of Linda Andersen
August 29, 2014
The Murder of Linda Andersen; A deviant behavior perspective The murder of Linda Andersen by her two teenage daughters (Bob Mitchell, “The class project” (2014) is a clear example of what started off as not breaking the law, but, after further review and supported speculation was found that the girls did in fact break the law by murdering their mother for illicit greed, motivated by visions of champagne holidays and expanded luxury. Their deviance, however, has been used in a narrow sense (Quinney, 1965; Robertson and Taylor, 1973, pp. 61-62). Rather than being seen as a particular type of deviance, this crime has been distinguished from deviance; when this distinction is made, the term deviance takes on a somewhat different meaning from a broad category of sanctionable behavior (Piers Beirne and James Messerschmidt, (2012). Deviant Behavior). Sociologically speaking, many crimes can be regarded as deviant forms of behavior, that is, behaviors that are some way abnormal. A crime may be defined as a violation of formal norms (that is, laws), whereas deviance may be defined as a violation of informal norms which may or may not be against the law (Ellen G. Cohn, (2014). Florida International University; The overlap between deviance and crime) It is often mystifying how a seemingly ordinary person can commit horrifying and horrendous acts against human nature, or even better, society and culture as a whole. Sometimes an accomplice is just in the wrong place at the wrong time or they are recruited because of a talent that the primary perpetrator feels that the eligible accomplice has that can be useful in carrying out their monstrous crime. However, many times the accomplice is a willing participant in the Criminalistics duo (Ramsland, Katherine. (2014). Partners in Crime; DeSales University). More than a fifth of serial killers operate in teams, most involving two offenders. One is usually dominant that looks for someone insecure, often exploiting youth, family, siblings, mental instability, or low intelligence (Eric W. Hickey (2012). Serial Murderers and their Victims). Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen filled the family bathtub with water and took Linda Andersen to the bathroom. Linda Andersen had difficulty getting into the bathtub; because of the mixture of vodka and pills she had been given. After putting gloves on, Sandra and Elizabeth gave their mother a massage. Within minutes, according to police reports, Sandra Andersen instructed her mother to lie on her stomach so that she could scrub her back. Sandra Andersen instantly pulled her mother's head down and did not let go. After four minutes, Sandra Andersen released her mother's head and found Linda Andersen to be dead. After having killed their mother, Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen went with their friends to a nearby restaurant where they celebrated their victory. Later that night, Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen called 9-1-1 and informed them that they had found their mother lying in the bathtub. The 9-1-1 operator told Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen to take their mother out of the bathtub and to perform CPR. The Andersen sisters cried over the phone, telling the operator that Linda Andersen could not be resuscitated. When police arrived, they believed Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen's story. A year after the murder, Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen held a party. Sandra, who was drunk, told a male at the party about the murder of Linda Andersen that both she and Elizabeth had committed. He later went to the police to report what he was told. Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen were subsequently arrested, tried, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. It was concluded that the girls were longing for the love and affection they previously received from a two-parent nuclear family. With the father out of the house, they felt the love was divided and they attempted to devise ways to...
References: Ellen G. Cohn, (2014). The overlap between deviance and crime
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Bob Mitchell, (2014) “The class project” (Movie and book), Universal Studios, Random House.
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