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The criminal mentality fascinated me. And i'm fond of watching the 'Criminal Minds' Series.

"It was an urge. ... A strong urge, and the longer I let it go the stronger it got, to where I was taking risks to go out and kill peoplerisks that normally, according to my little rules of operation, I wouldn't take because they could lead to arrest." Edmund Kemper

http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal_mind/psychology/index.html

What made the criminal mind tick? The smarts could be the same, the IQs equivalent, so why the deviant behavior, why choose the criminal path?
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Posted 5/15/07
And......?

EDIT: Ok, I'm interested as well. However, I'm not quite sure what we're supposed to discuss here. Mind elaborating a little more?
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I am curious on this issue too. Are we supposed to say what we think makes them tick? I am confused also.
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Well what do you think drives people to commit crime? I mean besides the obvious of a man starving who steals a loaf of bread etc.

I think most people have felt like killing someone before but what seprates us from those who do kill those people. When you say criminal you don't just mean your average thug...but the psycho or serial killer right?
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Are we also excluding crimes of passion?

ie. Jealous lovers, revenge murders, and the like.
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Hopchow wrote:

Are we also excluding crimes of passion?

ie. Jealous lovers, revenge murders, and the like.


True. Then how about those with psychological issues?

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I read recently about a study showing that the brains of criminals had 10% less volume of grey matter in the frontal cortex.

I think it was from the BBC
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I think criminals are interesting, I tend to think along the line of Kinsey when it comes to whats normal and whats not...I guess
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Criminals are fun to play around with, epically the smarts one, there the most interesting to try and outwit! The crazy/risky ones are even more fun to butt heads! XD
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I feel that usually it is more so the environment and situation that a person faces while growing up drives him /her to choose his path. Very rarely you see a boy grow up with murder in his mind as an ambition but having a happy family. I believe there's bound to be some sort of psychological trauma to drive someone to desperation, thus into that person believing that going criminal is the better way out.

Of course, there are people who do things like that to seek thrill, to feel in command, to be feared, to see how other people will react, to receive attention, and whatever weird reason. Play it like the last level of Counter Strike.
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Hopchow wrote:

Are we also excluding crimes of passion?

ie. Jealous lovers, revenge murders, and the like.

Jealous lovers.. maybe not. Revenge Murders... can be. But i'd like to stress on the serial killing and the likes.

I bumped into some more questions and it's interesting to learn something.

Are all serial killers and terrorists psychopaths? Are men and women different in their approach to crime? How does the law make judgements?
http://www.lecturelist.org/content/view_lecture/1518
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I don't think terrorists and serial killers are nessacrialy psycopaths. If their is a reason...take a religous fundamentalist terrorists, they take the actions they do because they belive themselves to be right and the actions they take to be the only way to usher in change, dosen't sound like the actions of psycopaths.

The July the 7th London bombings a couple of years ago, the terrorists in that case all turned out to be from West Yorkshire (a county in the north of England) in a city where I have lived most of my life. The people who knew those terrorists were shocked when it turned out their neighbours could do such things. So did these people become psychopaths?
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Murder, rape and whatever is normally always about power than anything else.
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I'm very surprised this has never come up: (I can't find it now, just going to ransack my memory)

There's a question that's posed to the criminals in jail:
A young lady whose mother passed away recently, attended the funeral service for her mom. Her only kin left is her older sister with very little age difference. During the ceremony, while both sisters are grieving, one of the visitors who came to give their condolences caught the attention of the younger sister. He was a complete stranger, but he looked handsome and just about right for her age. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to get this man's contact, and her sister had not seen this man at all.

Time passed.

A few weeks later, the young lady attended her older sister's funeral.

What happened? According to research, a very large majority of the criminals derived at the same answer.
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^Didn't someone make a thread based on that question?
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