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Some traits or dispositions are inherited but the continuity of behavior includingantisocial activity is maintained by social contexts and other aspects of theCriminal insanity is a topic which sparks much heated debate What causesinsanity Is insanity a physical or psychological problem Is insanity actually a diseaseor just a figment of a persons imagination Groliers Encyclopedia describes insanity asa mental defect or disorder sufficient to prevent a person from knowing the differencebetween right and wrong conduct or from understanding the nature of his or her actions This definition is one which would seem to be a good representation of what insanitytruly is Insanity applies to criminals in an interesting way If a criminal does not knowthe difference between right and wrong then can they be held accountable for the crimesthey commit If they dont understand that what they are doing is a crime then shouldthey be punished as if they were criminals or treated as patients with a disease Thisproblem is one that has plagued courts lawyers juries and defendants for a long time anddoes not appear to be any closer to a solutionA common belief as to why people first become criminally insane is because ofthe way they were treated as children Many examples to support this theory can befound throughout history One example is the infamous Charles Manson CharlesMansons home life was anything but normal he was in fact the son of a teenagebisexual alcoholic prostitute and was once traded for a pitcher of beer Charles Another example is Henry Lee Lucas a famous serial killer who as a child lost an eyeafter a severe beating from his mother Serial Finally Pedro Alonso Lopezbelieved to be the key player in over 300 murders was kicked out of his house when only8 years old Serial These cases as well as many others seem to indicate acorrelation between abuse as a child and violent tenancies as an adult A renownedpsychologist Shervert Frazier has concluded that many
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