Susan Estrich: We need to talk about why teens become killers
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#1 Oct 29, 2013
Could it be that some of these young killers like Philip Chism are born with a predisposition toward violence?
#2 Oct 29, 2013
I'd put the blame on the gun but he didn't use a gun, so I don't know what/who to blame.
One thing clear the teacher he killed was a very special person with a focus on education.
RIP, Angel heaven is a better place.
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#3 Nov 7, 2013
Susan, many sexual predators/Serial Killers crossed the threshold from fantasy to evil reality at the age of 14 years old; Ramirez, Hilton, Ridgeway, Keyes, Kemper, and Bundy, are only a few of many.
'PC, was described by classmates as antisocial, and also that he was withdrawn a couple of weeks before the murde'r.
Students in Danvers, MA, Wednesday described the 14-year-old freshman charged with the murder of their beloved math teacher as "withdrawn" and "chill" -- but..
They also said PC, who moved to Danvers, MA from Clarksville, Tennessee, this summer, played soccer, focused on academics and liked to draw in a notebook he kept with him at all times.
“The last couple weeks he like totally faded out,” said KB, 14.
A.M., 15, said he was in Spanish class with PC.
“He didn’t seem like a troubled person, he just really was like, antisocial,” A.M. said.“He looked really tired and out-of-it all the time.”
Chism was reserved but not rude or mean, AM and others said.
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Thinking About Psychopaths and Psychopathy
This volume addresses a topic that leads the news, informs documentaries and proﬁles, moves from reportage to entertainment and back again, and concerns everyone who cares or writes about the harm that some do to others. Whether that harm is on an individual or a broader scale, whether it occurs down the street, across the country, or in a continuing television drama or a ﬁlm, everyone knows about people scammed or injured or killed, put out of work or deprived of retirement funds, lied to or otherwise deceived, and about those people and organizations that do it to them without remorse or guilt.
Yet there is also much con-fusion in society, in the media, even among specialists within the legal and the psychiatric and psychological communities, about the topic.That confusion starts with the very terms psychopath and psychopathy. While they occur in the popular literature, and are deeply embedded in the public imagination, they appear only indirectly in the ofﬁcial scientiﬁc literature. The index to the authorized list of psychological and psychiatric illnesses, as deﬁned by the American Psychiatric Association in its
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
, does not contain the word psychopath at all.
The Manual does say in its general discussion of antisocial personality disorder that the pattern of disre-gard for, or violation of, the rights of others has also been called psychopathy, sociopathy, or dyssocial personality disorder.
In so doing, the Manual equates the four terms. But the Manual
only authorizes the use of antisocial personality disorder for diagnostic, treatment, insurance, legal, and other purposes.So in my own courses over the years, when I have shown all or part of a documentary about serial killers which labels them psychopaths, I have without any consideration of differences, simply told students that the term psychopath is interchangeable with sociopath and antisocial personality disorder and that they can use any one in answering questions, writing exams, and thinking about the issues.
Until this seminar I have not considered the differences to any great extent. Even more confusing to students and to the public at large are the connotations of the word antisocial. Many who hear the word antisocial think of the per-son who does not interact successfully with others, stays to himself at gatherings,appears either too shy or dismissive of others to be part of something larger than he is.
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