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Applying Psychosis Theory Applied to Hitler

In Hitler's and killing of Jews and other "non-desirables" through genocide in the 1940s...

1. Does the perpetrator fit into the category of a serial killer or a mass murderer? Justify your answer by referring to the typology and provide two definitions to prove your stance.

2. Which is the theory that applies best to this particular serial killer or mass murderer? Why?

3. Is the perpetrator's behavior easily explained by one theory, or do you have to combine one or more theoretical concepts from different theories to explain the violent behavior?

4. Is the perpetrator a psychopath? Why or why not?

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Although this was state sponsored mass murder in collusion with the delusions of a mad man, it still resonates as mass murder. One of the most famous case studies of mass murder in history was Hitler and his genocidal regime.

1. Does the perpetrator fit into the category of a serial killer or a mass murderer? Justify your answer by referring to the typology and provide two definitions to prove your stance.

This person actually fits the typology of both serial killer and mass murderer because his crimes targeted certain individuals repeatedly while also being committed in massive numbers. ...

Solution Summary

This solution examines whether the Psychosis Theory can explain the reasoning behind Hitler's actions leading up to WW2 and during the war.

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