Choose a criminal offender who committed crimes due to a biological, psychological or rational choice condition.
Write a 1,050 word paper discussing the genetic or physiological evidence that supports the notion that biology or traits played a key role in explaining the offender’s criminality.
Research the behaviors that constitute the condition. Discuss in detail the specific behaviors demonstrated by the offender that align with behaviors or theories. Use one of the three following case examples:
Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, was reported to suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome.
Charles Whitman, known as the Texas Tower Sniper, was found to have a tumor (discovered post-mortem), which is alleged to have played a role in his overt acts of aggression.
Alex Hribal, arrested for the Franklin Regional High School murders, may have had a cognitive deficit issue.
Cite at least two peer-reviewed sources.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
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