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This is the library Course Guide for SOC 2220. Each tab on this guide will assist you in using the correct resources for this assignment. Please feel free to contact me or stop in for any additional assistance.

Suggested Criminals to Research

  •    Jesse Timmendequas
  •    Alex & Derek King
  •    Andrew Luster
  •    Charles Cullen
  •    Cheng Chi Ping
  •    Eric Rudolph
  •    Ken Lay (Enron accounting fraud)
  •    Zacarias Massaoui (would-be 9/11 hijacker)
  •    Susan Smith (claimed carjacking to cover drowning her children)
  •    Joel Steinberg (lawyer who beat 6-yr-old daughter to death)
  •    Sante Kymes (murdered socialite to get townhouse)
  •    Robert Chambers (“Preppie Murderer”)
  •    Kathy Boudin (radical involved in robbery that led to 3 deaths)
  •    Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech killer)
  •    Michael Devlin (kidnapped & sexually abused 2 boys)
  •    John B. Taylor (Wendy’s manager who robbed and shot 7 employees)
  •    Bernard Madoff (created largest Ponzi scheme)
  •    Andrea Yates (drowned her 5 kids)

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    Your Assignment

    Pick your favorite criminal, and then find at least three different types of information sources that probe the “why” part of the crime.  These may be newspapers, books, journal articles, magazines, encyclopedia articles (other than Wikipedia), etc. and they MUST be found through library databasesOne source must be a journal article.  Seek out sources that discuss the offender’s background, circumstances, and motive.  Such information should suggest theories to explain the criminal’s actions. You are to select ONE theory from the list below.  Explain the theory in detail.  Then show how various facts in the case, derived from your research, support the chosen theory.    Your course textbook is a great source for detailed information about these theories.

    Age-Graded Theory                                                     Left Realism Theory   

    Anomie Theory                                                             Lifestyle Theory

    Arousal Theory                                                             Neurological Theory

    Behavioral Theory                                                        Neutralization Theory

    Biochemical Theory                                                      Pathways to Crime

    Cognitive Theory                                                          Power Control Theory

    Control Balance Theory                                                Problem Behavior Syndrome

    Critical Criminology                                                       Psychodynamic Theory

    Critical Feminist Criminology                                        Rational Choice Theory

    Cultural Deviance Theory                                             Relative Deprivation Theory

    Deviant Place Theory                                                   Routine Activities Theory

    Differential Association Theory                                     Social Control Theory

    Differential Coercion Theory                                         Social Development Model

    Evolutionary Theory                                                      Social Disorganization Theory

    General Strain Theory                                                   Social Ecology Theory

    General & Genetic Theory of Crime                              Social Reaction /Labeling Theory

    Instrumental Theory                                                       Strain Theory  

    Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential Theory           Victim Precipitation Theory

     Interactional Theory



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