Causes of Mass Murder Essay

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Causes of Mass Murder Crime
Alvenia Gregory
Argosy University

This paper examines the act of mass murder. If society can find a valid answer as to what causes a person to commit mass murders, then the possibility of preventing the act would be great because it would be probable to recognize the psychotic behavior that is associated with mass murder. Occurrences of mass murder for instance the shootings at Sandy Hook, Aurora Colorado theatre; Columbine and Virginia Tech over and over again dominate much of society's attention not only for weeks but often for months following the incident. The research question I have selected is: ‘What are the sociological and psychological causes for unforeseen criminal actions of Mass
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As for the motivations for mass killings, Holmes and Holmes (1994) indicate that these motivations are intrinsic, occurring within the offender, or extrinsic, involving factors outside the offender. In a study involving 102 murderers implicated in 100 multiple victim murders, Fessenden (2000:20) determined that “society’s lack of knowledge of mental health issues” was a key factor preceding the murders. It was reported that approximately two thirds of these murderers had made some sort of threat of harm against individual persons (Fessenden, 2000:20). Over half of the murderers suffered with an acute mental health problem.
Physiognomies of the Mass Murderer
In most cases, the mass murderer is somebody whose life has come unraveled-who has been thrown out by his wife or fired from his job or suffered some other humiliating blow that pushes him over the edge. Filled with an annihilating rage at everything he blames for his failure, he explodes in a burst of devastating violence that wipes out everyone within range. Once they have finished slaughtering, their own fate is a foregone conclusion. If they don’t commit suicide or contrive to be killed in a shoot-out, they will often surrender without a fight, allowing the state to dispense the inevitable punishment that, one way or another, puts an end to their

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