Wk 5 – Crime Show Analysis [due Mon]
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Watch a TV show episode involving crime and personality disorders. Examples of shows include Criminal Minds, CSI, Law and Order, or something similar.
Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word analysis of the episode. Include the following:
1. Summarize the episode you watched.
On the night of February 19, 1998, Sarah Danlin was in a bar celebrating Mardi Gras with friends. A man began flirting with her eventually luring her away from her friends to an empty room where he and a friend raped her. When Sarah reported the crime to detectives LaMontagne Sr. and J.R. Smith, the detectives disagreed on the credibility of the victim’s statement. Shill, S (2007) Smith believed that the young Sarah was being deceptive due to the fact that it was Mardi Gras and she has many beads around her neck. Smith even said, “she was asking for trouble”. Smith was protecting a rapist because he knew one of the victim and was led to believe he was a “good kid”.
Following the rape, Sarah dropped out of medical school and became obsessed with Jack the Ripper, a famous serial killer. Targeting men, she would lure them away from the crowds by seducing them with promises of sex. Once alone with the victim, the suspect would slash their throats sometimes eviscerating them as well as taking items from her victims. Sarah also sent letters to the detectives with the heading, “Yours Truly). “ Shill, S (2007) Sarah was believed to be organized, calculating, and had maybe previously stalked the victim before the murder. She may have identified with Jack the Ripper because she believed she had lost her own identity issues either by one traumatic event or over the course of her childhood life. Sarah Danlin became a misandrist serial killer because of the rape that was ignored and destroyed her life.
2. Outline the personality disorders that were present.
Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations) and inherited characteristics. A person’s personality typically stays the same over time. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.1 The pattern of experience and behavior begins by late adolescence or early adulthood and causes distress or problems in functioning. Without treatment, personality disorders can be long-lasting. The personality disorders present in Sarah Danlin is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Sarah believes she is doing a service by punishing these men with murder because of their sexual aggression.
- Describe the symptoms of the personality disorders.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder as described in the DSM-5 as a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Other Narcissistic qualities include, arrogant thinking, lack of empathy for others, manipulative and selfish.
Narcissistic personality disorder: a pattern of need for admiration and lack of empathy for others. A person with narcissistic personality disorder may have a grandiose sense of self-importance, a sense of entitlement, take advantage of others or lack empathy.
Sarah had no empathy during the murders, enacting how she felt about her own rape. After reporting her own rape and not getting any results Sarah took matters into her own hand and began vigilante killings. She believed she was ridding the world of other rapist so that women would not have to suffer.
4. Describe possible treatment interventions for the criminal displayed in the show.
The show didn’t really touch on treatment interventions with the criminal. She was arrested, the victim was taken for treatment, and the show was over.
5. Describe possible difficulties that may be faced during treatment.
#5 BASED ON TREATMENT FOR NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER
6. Address challenges the offender or offenders in the show might reentering society after their incarceration.
7. Suggest steps that could be taken to reduce recidivism for the offender or offenders.
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