Jeffrey Dahmer's Behavior In Relation To His Killings

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1. Basic Information Jeffery an American serial killer was born in Milwaukee on the 21st of May, 1960. He murdered his first ever recorded victim known as Steven Hicks, with a blow to his head in 1978. Dahmer then continued his killing spree until he eventually murdered 17young men; his murders involved molesting his victims. Furthermore he practised dismemberment; rape, necrophilia, and cannibalism. Once he was finally caught on the 22nd July 1991, he was found to be sane at trial and was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms. 1.1 Aims and Objections The aim of this report is to explain how psychological perspectives can explain Jeffrey Dahmer’s behaviour in relation to his killings. The main aim is to look briefly into Dahmer’s history and childhood, to identify if there was a cause to his criminal behaviour. This report will look specifically into both his social environment and his parent’s history. In order to identify which psychological theories help understand his criminal behaviour, Past case studies, articles and sources will be used. 2. Profile of Offender and Victims Jeffery Dahmer was a lonely person, who killed young gay men and conserve souvenir of their bodies. He murdered and Dismembered 17 young men from 1987 to 1991,…show more content…
These learning could include techniques of committing crime, the reasons of committing a crime I.e. monetary value. Social learning theory according to Bandura (1997) has three aspects to motivation, External reinforcement, vicarious reinforcement, self – reinforcement. Examples include Peer Group, Television, and cinema. It can be argued that the learning theory helps this research understand how Jeffery's urge for dead animals started with his dad Lionel introducing Jeffery to dead animals. Jeffery learnt to nurse owl and several other

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