Paper 1 - Christopher Leier March 31st, 2008 CCJS 105...

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Christopher Leier March 31 st , 2008 CCJS 105 Section #: 0105 ID#: 109318242 Stephen Trantel was living the life of what many people would define as the “American Dream.” He was a successful Wall Street inside trader who had a beautiful family, a very nice home in an affluent area of Long island and the fancy cars to top it off. He was living the life that many people can only hope and wish to lead, or so everyone thought. Trantel in actuality was living a life of secrecy that started to unfold on a morning in November of 2003, which was supposed to be just a day of fishing. While driving to his favorite fishing spot he was pulled over for having a taillight out and things all started from there. When they IDed him as a suspect, he was charged with ten robberies total and no one that knew him personally could believe it. The thing that he did not tell his loved ones was that things had gone so south for him on Wall Street that he no longer could pay the bills. Every day he would get up and tell them that he was going into work when in actuality he was going to plot or carryout another bank robbery. This paper will attempt to explain the cause for Stephen Trantel’s behavior utilizing the strain theory. The first strain theorist, of whose point of view this paper uses, was Robert Merton. In his theory he explains that crime is prompted due to the social structure of humans in which everyone has the same goals, but life does not give everyone equal means to achieve these goals. Merton believed that people are social beings and that they are going to follow the norms of
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CCJS 105 taught by Professor Mcgoin during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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Paper 1 - Christopher Leier March 31st, 2008 CCJS 105...

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