Joel Rifkin

Introduction: Introduce the convicted serial killer. Include the thesis statement or theme of the research paper. A solid research paper should include a detailed sentence demonstrating the theme of the paper. The body of the research paper will stem from this sentence.
Background: Introduce the background on the convicted serial killer. Start with biographical elements and early childhood experiences. Cite any early examples of antisocial behavior during the killer’s childhood years. If the serial killer was involved in delinquency, identify social, family and psychological risk factors that lead to delinquency or adult crime. If peer rejection was involved as a youth include specific examples of how peer rejection influenced antisocial behavior.
Crime(s): Explain the serial killer’s crime(s). Provide a short summary of each crime the convicted killer committed. Remember you are allowed to use non-peer reviewed articles in this section.
Motives: Illustrate the motives of the convicted serial killer. If the killer did not have a motive explain why he or she did not display a motive for the crime(s). Define which characteristics, behavioral patterns, and typologies the killer possessed. Display the psychological mindset of the serial killer. If applicable, discuss the connection between the killer’s cognitive abilities, deviant behavior and crime.
Theory: Select a criminological theory discussed in your textbook or in class. Define the theory. Relate the theory to the serial killer’s actions and motivation for killing. The theory section should provide studies, examples, or statistics supporting the killer’s motivations for criminal behavior. The theory section should have multiple scholarly reviewed articles to support the criminological theory selected. This section should be the majority of your paper.
Conclusion: The conclusion of the research paper is the most valuable single part of it. All the material you have gathered means nothing to your reader until you present the conclusion you have reached as a result of your research. Restate your thesis and show what the material you have presented adds up to. Analyze and evaluate your main points for your reader. Although no actual new information is introduced in the concluding paragraph or paragraphs, the conclusion is the only original contribution you offer in your paper. It manifests the value of your research as well as your understanding of the material that you have presented. It should be a strong recapitulation of your major ideas while explaining why the killer’s behavior(s) had multiple causes, manifestations, and developmental pathways.

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