Please for the instructions carefully. CRJ302. E1

1- The first several chapters of the Mallicoat text cover various criminological theories that have been presented as possible explanations for women’s criminal behavior. For the purpose of this assignment, I want you to put on your criminologist hat and select a theory to explain Aileen Wournos’ criminal behavior. This is a case where the perpetrator is a woman and considered both the victim and the offender. You can use any of the theories used in the course text, but don’t feel limited to do so – if you have another criminological theory you feel would better explain the behavior, please do so.

*******Our subject: Aileen Wuornos **********

Aileen Wuornos of Florida was born on February 29, 1956. She was molested and victim to an abusive father who later died in prison. Wuornos was pregnant at fourteen leading her to then drop out of school and leave home to live a life on the road as a hitchhiker. After a short period hitchhiking, she began soliciting prostitution, not soon after the string of killings began. Ms. Wuornos would be picked up at various locations along the highway, where she would then shoot her male counterpart(s) before robbing them and stealing their cars. In total Ms. Wuornos killed seven middle-aged men from December 1989 to November 1990, before finally being brought in on an outstanding warrant charge. Ms. Wuornos claimed all the killings were in self-defense believing that the men each time were attempting to rape her, however, once her prints turned up on some of the victim’s belongings she was found guilty. She was executed in Florida via lethal injection on October 9, 2002.

Conduct your own research and then answer the following questions:

1- Briefly summarize the facts of the victimization and how it led to the offense.

2- What was the sentence imposed? Do you feel the sentence imposed was appropriate? Too harsh? Too lenient? If you feel the sentence was too harsh, you need to provide mitigating circumstances ~ reasons why the court should have considered a lesser punishment. If you feel the sentence was too lenient, you need to provide aggravating circumstances ~ reasons why the court should have considered a more severe punishment. If you feel the sentence imposed was appropriate, provide reasons why you support the decision.

3- Select a criminological theory to explain why Wournos’ behavior could be considered self-dense or why it shouldn’t be considered self-defense.

The essay must be in APA format, 3 pages in length in actual content, double-spaced, using a 12-point font with 1-inch margins, and include 5 legitimate sources. You can use the ASU Library Database system to search articles/newspaper articles. Wikipedia, blogs, and other nefarious sources of dubious credibility are not acceptable sources.

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