Elements of a crime

Topics: Criminal law, Crime, Bonnie and Clyde Pages: 3 (1343 words) Published: October 22, 2014

Criminal Case #1: Crimes Against Persons (Kidnapping)
Colleen Stan is a woman that was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Cameron Hooker in Red Bluff, California in 1977. Hookers wife assisted in the kidnapping as well. She was held as a prisoner for 7 years. During this time, she was tortured, sexually assaulted, and led to believe that she was being watched by a large organization called “The Company”. Colleen was then mentally coerced to sign a, “slavery contract” that was supposed to have been from “The Company”. During the mental abuse she was assigned a new name “K”, and was led to believe that her family would be hurt if she attempted to escape. During her time as a captive, she was kept in wooden boxes that Hooker had made. The Elements and Features of the Crime

Of the three elements that make a case a crime, criminal act, culpable mental state, and the concurrence of the two, they were all present in this case. The criminal act was the kidnapping, sexual assault, and being threatened with a weapon. Hooker was in a “Culpable Mental State” which refers to, “the state of mind of an individual while committing a crime” CITATION unk14 \l 1033 (unknown, Culpable Mental State Law & Legal Definition, 2014). This case also fits into the 8 features of a crime. The “Actus reus or The guilty act” was backed up with the act of the “Mens rea-The guilty mind”. This is proven by the fact that Hooker tried to convince Colleen that she was in the possession of “the Company” so that it took the blame off of himself, and with Colleen signing the slavery contract this eased his guilty mind that she wanted to be treated the way that she was treated. Thus causing the concurrence. There is causation in the fact that the things that Hooker did to Colleen produced mental and physical harm to her. The legality in this crime is that is it not allowed to take a person against their will, hold them captive, sexually harm them, or use a weapon to threaten or coerce someone...

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