CRJU 168/C #13713
February 16, 2015
A Violent Past Explained By Psychopathology Theory
Psychopath, “A person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience” (Dictionary.com). With most of the characteristics of a being psychopath, Dino Thompson III has made it relatively easy to explain and compare his criminal history to that of the psychopathology theory. The Indianapolis Star states, “Thompson, 17, was charged Monday with the murder of Ashton Harting, who was shot in the back in the early morning hours of January 19 after he and some friends had been wondering a neighborhood, knocking over trash cans, where witnesses said two teens ran into Thompson’s house after shots were fired in the street where Ashton died” (King, Disis). With a long criminal past that includes battery, driving a stolen car, assaults while in a juvenile detention and treatment facilities, Thompson was currently under home arrest for violating probation in 2013 on a robbery case where he pleaded guilty to beating a young boy unconscious and stealing his headphones and cell phone (King, Disis). The list just goes on and on, and with a rap sheet of over 274 pages the absence of respect for authority and to identify with others leads me to the idea that Thompson is a true psychopath. Taking another vantage point of this case we can look at the possible treatment and cures for psychopaphy as stated by Martens (1999) where as a result of therapeutic psychosocial influences and life events seem to help cure this disease. Regrettably as Crystal Garcia, an associate professor of criminal justice, University Indianapolis says, “Thompson’s history might indicate a struggle with impulse control – one that might be solved only with intensive therapy. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the resources,...
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King, Robert, and Jill Disis. "Violence Marks past of Teen Suspect in 13-year-old 's Slaying." Indianapolis Star. USA Today, 3 Feb. 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2015. .
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