Running head: PSYCHOPATHY AND CRIME
How do Criminal Minds Think: The Relationship
Between Psychopathy and Crime
PSYCHOPATHY AND CRIME
How Criminal Minds Think: The Relationship Between
Psychopathy and Crime
This paper reviews research from different aspects of psychopathy. The different aspects reviewed are; facts and fictions about psychopathy, classifications and DSM criteria of antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy, etiology of psychopathy, measurement of criminal psychopathy, differences among psychopaths and nonpsychopaths, characteristics of psychopaths, psychobiology and biochemical theories on psychopaths, psychopathic behaviors, differences among psychopaths, lifestyles of psychopaths, male psychopaths versus female psychopaths and finally white collar psychopaths. Based on these various aspects this paper attempts to understand how criminal minds think, and tries to investigate the relationships between psychopathy and crime.
Psychopaths: Fact and Fiction
On the night of March the 9th, 2009 Münevver Karabulut’s body was found in a trash container, cut in to pieces in Istanbul, Turkey. According to the autopsy report she had been cut in 29 different places (Anonymous, 2009). The reports showed the brutal truth, her head had been severed slowly with a saw when she was alive. Her murder suspect was her boyfriend Cem Garipoğlu who was about to turn eighteen. Garipoğlu was found after six months and he was sentenced for first degree murder, of twenty four years in prison (Karakuş, 2009). According to the psychiatric reports he showed narcissistic and psychopathic features (Demir, 2010). The _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________
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horror and fascination of this incident focused great media attention on the homicide process and the capture of Garipoğlu. The Turkish public had met a horrifying crime and now had increased their focus on murder and psychopathy. In the past, most citizens simply assumed serial killers must be insane, however, for example in the reports of the Garipoğlu case he was found to be totally sane with an IQ of 119 (Demir, 2010). Such crimes catch great attention from the public and stay on screen for a very long time.
The pure sensationalism and horror of murder has been the great interest of the media. Different agencies the media is using to exhibit murders are; books, television shows, series, movies and documentaries. Such as the prime-time programs “Cinayet Dosyası” (Homicide Files) and “Suç Dosyası (Crime files) and books like “Seri Katiller” (Serial Murders) which is a collection of serial murders and murderers around the world written by Fikret Topallı. Hollywood, the world’s largest film industry features a great number of movies related to homicides. Such as the movies that have turned into a world phenomenon and have been watched by many; Silence of the Lambs and the Saw series. Both movies portray ferocious serial murders where they use sophisticated technologies and different equipments to further draw the audience in, trapping us in their imagination. With the explosion of murder themes in media viewers are bombarded with graphic killings, mutilations and sexual torture, where one can reach in the privacy...
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