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Biological Criminal Behavior: Genetic and Physiological Evidence

Biological Criminal Behavior
- Choose a criminal offender who committed crimes due to a biological reason.
- Discuss the genetic or physiological evidence that supports the notion that biology played a key role in explaining the offender's criminality.
- Research the behaviors that constitute psychopathy. Discuss in detail the specific behaviors demonstrated by the offender that align with behaviors indicative of a psychopathic individual. Case examples include the following:
- Research specific behaviors demonstrated by the offender that align with behaviors indicative of a psychopathic individual

• Charles Whitman, known as the Texas Tower Sniper, and the presence of a tumor discovered post-mortem alleged to have played a role in his overt acts of aggression

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The case of Charles Whitman could provide insight to biological criminal behavior based upon the fact that upon an autopsy being performed on Whitman, his autopsy showed that he had a brain tumor the size of a walnut pressing against vital parts of his brain responsible for mediating individual's emotional states of mind. The tumor was pressing against his thalamus, hypothalamus, and amygdala. In addition to these issues prior to his actions on August 1, 1966, he also reportedly wrote a suicide note about how he had been having headaches prior to the shootings and an altered mental state preceding the killings.

He noticed that he became an irrational person that resulted in him being unable to be reasonable while having many disturbing thoughts. He ...

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The genetic and physiological evidence for biological criminal behaviors is determined.

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