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THE SUPER PREDATORS What is the super predator They are young hypercriminals who are committing acts of violence of unprecedented coldness and brutality This newest phenomenon in the world of crime is perhaps the most dangerous challenge facing society and law enforcement ever While psychopaths are not new this breed of super criminal exceeds the scope of psychopathic behaviour They are younger more brutal and completely unafraid of the law While current research on the super predator is scarce I will attempt to give an indication as to the reasons a child could become just such a monster Violent teenage criminals have become increasingly vicious John DiIulio Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University says The difference between the juvenile criminals of the 1950s and those of the 1970s and early 1980s was the difference between the Sharks and the Jets of West Side Story and the Bloods and the Crips It is not inconceivable that the demographic surge of the next ten years will bring with it young criminals who make the Bloods and the Crips look tame Bennett DiIulio Walters 1996 p 17 They are what Professor DiIulio and others call urban super predators young people often from broken homes or so called dysfunctional families who commit murder rape robbery kidnapping and other violent acts These emotionally damaged young people often are the products of sexual or physical abuse They live in an aimless and violent present have no sense of the past and no hope for the future they commit unspeakably brutal crimes against other people often to gratify whatever urges or desires drive them at the moment and their utter lack of remorse is shocking Studies reveal that the major cause of violent crime is not poverty but family breakdown specifically the absence of a father in the household Today one-fourth of all the children in North America live in fatherless homes This adds up to
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