The Roots of Crime in Body of Evidence by Peter Nichols Essay

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When it comes to the topic of Psychopaths, most of us will readily agree that they are broken somehow. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of why they are the way they are. Whereas some are convinced that it has to do with biology, others maintain that it is because of environment. On example of a young psychopath is Justina Morley. In an article by Katherine Ramsland, she explains the events of the 2003 murder trial of Jason Sweeney ending in the conviction of Justina Morley and 3 other boys. As the story goes, Morley, fifteen at the time, was the ring leader and posed as Sweeney’s girlfriend while also having sexual relations with two of the three boys involved. The intent was to rob Sweeney, sixteen years …show more content…
He is looking for answers of how wrong-doing might be connected to the brain or perhaps written in our genes. Ramsland describes psychopaths as a person who “lacks remorse” and “with moral considerations totally absent” (Ramsland, 2).She also states that although males are more likely to be psychopaths, females show similar profiles for psychopathic behavior. This is consistent with research done by Raine. In his study, people with anti-social personality disorder had their brains scanned for inconsistencies. The results showed that the gray matter in the prefrontal cortex of people with ADP was 11% less than in normal brains. The prefrontal cortex is the site where reasoning and decision making are processed. That is why people with ADP are chronic liars, manipulative, and show little regard towards others. Also in a PET scan of 44 murders, results showed once again drastically lower neural activity in the prefrontal cortex. According to Raine, “when the prefrontal cortex is not functioning too well, maybe an individual, when angry is more likely to pick up a knife and stab someone or pick up a gun and pull the trigger.” (Nichols, 3) Basically, Raine is saying that with this difference in the brain a murder will not show remorse or consideration to their actions. In different study involving the limbic, or emotional,

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