Psychological Analysis: Murderers

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Psychological Theories

Often times when discussing murders, people say the killer “just snapped.” In many instances, there is a downward spiral of mental and emotional damage. The killers leave behind warning signs and clues. To grasp more of an understanding of these signs and clues, one should research four main case categories: mothers who kill their children, children who kill their parents, mass murders, and serial killers. To gain better insight to these psychological theories behind homicides, this paper highlights individual cases in each category mentioned above. One of the categories to look at is mothers who kill their children. For this particular case, a prime example would be the Andrea Yates Murders. Andrea Yates was a former Texas resident, who drowned and murdered her five children on June 20, 2001. Andrea waited for her husband to leave early Wednesday morning to fill a bathtub where she would drown her five children. She began by killing the three middle children, “drowning them face first in the tub, then proceeding to put them in their beds and cover them with the sheets” (Ramsland). Then she went on to kill the six-month-old baby. Once the baby was dead, she left him floating in the tub. When she called her eldest son to the bathroom, he immediately realized the danger he was in and ran. “Andrea chased and dragged him to the tub” (Ramsland). She then struggled with drowning him, but eventually was successful but not before he could state his last words of “I’m sorry.” Andrea Yates had a good child upbringing in a middle class home in Houston, Texas. After finding work as a registered nursed, she quit her job to have her first child with her husband. After their first child, Noah, was born, Andrea began to suffer from violent visions. As Andrea continued to have children, she began to experience depression, worsening…...

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