The Criminal Mind
The Psychopath: His Religion, His Personality, His Attributes
have no religion. We cannot find
practicing orthodox Jews among the categories that follow. Psychopaths lie, cheat, steal, and even kill, then they
move on to the next victim or victims.
Adolf Hitler, who was responsible for the annihilation of six million
Jews, is the ultimate example of a psychopath.
He went so far as to kill his friends if it got him the tiniest
advantage. He killed without mercy,
and without the least pangs of conscience.
He did not know the meaning of that concept. He was the total narcissist.
Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by deceit on an
A closer example of a psychopath was a 13-year-old Western New Yorker, Eric Smith (he is now 32), who killed a four-year-old boy for “no rhyme or reason.” This individual looked like an adorable young teen with red hair, freckles, and glasses that were a bit too large on his young face. He looked like an innocent angelic youngster who would not think of swatting a fly. Instead he was a monster who brutally killed a little boy, Derrick Robie, the four-year-old innocent victim who was walking to a recreation program. Eric grabbed him, beat him to death with stones, and sodomized him with a stick. When he appeared in court he had no remorse nor a reason for the crime he had committed. He saw no cause for regrets! Very fortunately, Eric has not been paroled and is in prison to date, since in the good judgment of the parole board they realized that Eric Smith is a psychopath and cannot be trusted to refrain from repeat performances.
Samuel Yochelson, a prominent psychiatrist and researcher, moved from Buffalo,
where he had a lucrative practice, to Washington, DC, to study the criminally
insane at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He
and his protégé partner, Stanton Samenow, a
young psychiatrist/researcher, spent years examining the inmates of that
institution to discover the personality traits of the individuals therein. Much
to his consternation, Yochelson discovered that, despite the genuine appearance
of reformation, the patients had not changed their criminal ways, as they were
continuing to commit crimes. They
were violating hospital rules, using alcohol and drugs, stealing hospital
supplies, and committing a plethora of other offenses.
The inmates involved had attempted to bribe the researchers by having
parties for them to get advantages from
them (like being released or getting special favors from their keepers through
the influence of their “guests” the researchers). It was discovered that the parties that the patients threw
for them were done with supplies stolen from the hospital.
became evident that the patients manipulated the sessions with Yochelson
and Samenow in such a fashion as to
provide fabrications of causation that the researchers were diligently looking
for in their “therapy sessions” with the inmates.
The patients were using the sociological and psychological techniques to
their own advantage to provide excuses for their criminal ways and to offer
false answers to the researchers with the intent of avoiding any feelings of
culpability. The patients hoped
that the appearance of self-change would yield them a shorter path to freedom.
It was evident that the patients were offering information about their
pasts in self-serving ways. The
criminals used their feelings to justify all of their actions.
“None of them were actually mentally ill.”
Valuable and copious information had been gathered from the patients over years of study; it needed to be seen from a different perspective. It was realized that all of the patients exhibited certain common personality and behavioral traits from an early age, regardless of their background. Traditional analytic techniques and methods were insufficient to enact change in criminals, for their depressions, tensions, and anxieties were significantly different than non-criminals. Focusing upon parent-child and child-environment interactions only reinforced the criminal’s blame of others as well as his position of claiming to be victimized. The search for causes need to be replaced by the search for the thinking patterns of the criminals. The only commonality among the two hundred and fifty-five patients studied were certain patterns of thinking.
is the possibility that psychopathic behavior is seen very early in a child’s
life. A child stealing is done
because it is found exciting. The
criminal or psychopath removes himself early in life from society's
expectations. The first to be
victimized by the criminals are their parents.
Parents are not exempt from the habitual exploits of the psychopath. The offender perceives people as being beneficial or
detrimental to achieving their wants. Parents,
like other people, are objectified. The
criminal does not see things from another’s perspective;
his emotional investment in family is minimal.
Though the psychopaths are very selfish and
demanding, they will often try to ensure that their parents have at least
a decent concept of them in the event that their parents’ devotion can be
exploited for the need of money, material wants, or help avoiding punishment
from the law. If parents try to effect a positive change in the individual thus
described, the psychopath has few reservations about misrepresenting the
parents' intentions by blaming them for his problems.
Researchers and students of human nature have not yet found a therapeutic tool or method to change the psychopath into an acceptable and trustworthy human being.