This concept application paper is an analysis of social behavior and deviance of serial killers in Sociology Class.
Aileen Wuornos killed a total of seven men along Florida highways between November 1989 and November 1990. Wuornos was one of the few female serial killers that was captured January 9, 1991, trialed and executed by the state of Florida in 2002 by the Lethal Injection.
Aileen Carol Wuornos, born February 29th, 1956 in Troy, Michigan, who was also known as American’s First Female Serial Killer. Google’s description of a serial killer is someone who murders at least three people in a short period of time.
Wuornos was a prostitute where she resided in Florida where she was found guilty of murdering the 7 male victims. Wuornos defense was that each victim either tried to rape her or they actually raped her as she was making a living by prostituting. Wuornos killed each victim by shooting them at a point-blank range in order to kill people on a consistence basis, you have to be very distinctive because not everybody has the morality to endure in a series of multiple murders.
When associating Wuornos to deviance, her upbringing with her family and genetics played a major role in her deviant behavior. Wuornos childhood led her to grow up faster than a normal child would. Wuornos mother was young at the time of her birth.
She never met her father, bout time she was born he was already in in prison in, in which her father was diagnosed with a social disorder called schizophrenia. Wuornos toddler years her mother abandoned her and her only sibling keith, her mother’s parents legally
adopted them which eventually turned bad. Wuornos family including her mom, father and grandparents were all alcoholics. Alcohol and Substance abuse was apart of every crime Wuornos committed. Wuornos and each murder victim would have drinks together
prior to the murders.
Wuornos whole life consisted of abandonment an abuse by her family and friends. She was born to a teenage mother who was physically and verbally abusive to her mother prior to her birth, who was also absentee from her life. After the move with her grandparents, her grandfather became emotionally, sexually and physically abusive towards her and kicked her out the house at a very young age. The life experiences that Wuornos went through cause her to live a lifestyle that was available to her at all times. Which caused her to become a criminal and survive by be being a prostitute because that is all she knew.
The Social Control Theory predicts that Wuornos life experiences may have caused her to become a serial killer. Wuornos gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 14, after being impregnated by her grandfather in which she gave him up for adoption. She dropped out of school and her grandmother died due to liver failure from drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the years. Shortly after she was kicked out of the house at the age of 15 years old where she had to support herself and the only way she knew to survive was encountering in sexual deviance. Wuornos fell into a similar pattern of defiance that she inherited from her family.
Self Control by itself can not be the main source of criminal behavior somewhere in between you must also have some type of Lack of Self Control. In order to realize the opportunity to commit a crime. Self Control Theory stated that Wuornos acted in self control and also lack of self control. Wuornos was a known prostitute for a long time and was said to have more than 100 partners and only managed to kill seven men, I would say she had some type of self control. The lack of self control comes along with the aggressive behavior that is said to be genetically that led her to murder the victims.
Despite of Wuornos life experiences that could have influenced her self control, she was diagnosed with antisocial and borderline personality disorders at the time of each murders which led to a extreme mental and emotional disorder from her Alcoholic family, abandonment from her parents and abuse from her grandparents the jurors still believed that she was substantially aware of the crimes she committed and was found guilty and her diagnosis was not a major role during her conviction. Wuornos was convicted and sentence to death for six out of the seven murders she committed and was executed on October 9, 2002 by lethal injection.
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