Case studyCollege Humanities and Social Science, Grand Canyon UniversityPSY 622: Psychopathy of crimeDanelle AtkinsonJune 2, 20211
Jeffery Dahmer was a well-known case of a serial killer who dismembers, sexually assaulted, and ate the body of his victims. From 1978 to 1992, there were fifteen victims and at his trial, Dahmer asserted an insanity defense. However, the jurors did rejected this defense and found him guilty. This paper will discuss psychopathology theories as they apply to Jeffery Dahmer’s behavior. Characteristics of a PsychopathMany of us have used the term psychopath when describing someone without truly knowing what a psychopath means. According to Anderson & Kiehl (2014), “Psychopathy is a disorder characterized in part by shallow emotional responses, lack of empathy, impulsivity, and an increased likelihood for antisocial behavior (Cleckley, 1941;Hare, 1996). Psychopaths are responsible for an inordinate proportion of crime committed (Kiehl & Hoffman, 2011), and their conning, manipulative interpersonal style typically has a broad, destructive impact on the individuals’ life, work, and relationships”. Psychopathy is not classified in the DSM-V, rather it is considered antisocial personality disorder. A person with psychopathy is manipulative individuals, they can be incredible charming, well versed and are often well-educated.