Annotated Bibliography

Works Cited


Begley, Sharon; Carmichael, Mary; Underwood, Anne. “The Anatomy of Violence.” Newsweek 30 September 2007: 40-43. Ebscohost. Web. 15 December 2011.


Begley, Carmichael, and Underwood’s article, “The Anatomy of Violence,” is about a man named Cho Seung-Hui who was a South Korean immigrant. He had been a student at Virginia Tech who turned into a murderer. Before committing suicide, he had stalked and killed two women and then two hours after this murder he gunned down 30 more people in a classroom across campus. Through essays and plays written by him, he had been recommended for counseling due to his disturbing writings. Cho’s psychosis left a fascination in sociologists who wondered what his reasons for these killings were for and why he committed them. Due to the fact that he had committed suicide, no neurologist was able to understand his reasons for these killings, which leaves much speculation as to whether or not Cho was just simply mad.


Hurd, Michael J. “Criminals Don’t Respond to Reason.” USA Today 9 October 2002: 12a. Ebscohost. Web. 15 December 2011.


Michael J. Hurd is a psychologist and his article, “Criminals don’t respond to reason,” is about the fact that police in Montgomery County, Md, are for some reason expecting criminals to cease and desist their killings simply because it is reasonable. Hurd knows what the police chief in Montgomery County does not; that criminals have no reason and cannot be reasoned with because their psychosis prevents them from knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong.


Smith, Helen. “Murder: Weapon Isn’t the Question.” Christian Science Monitor 10 October 1997: 18. Ebscohost. Web. 15 December 2011.


Helen Smith, who is a forensic psychologist, wrote an article, “Murder: weapon isn’t the question,” about a teenage patient of hers. The patient had sent off alarm bells for Smith as soon as she met him for being mentally unstable. After her psychological testing of him, she discovered that her assumption of him had been correct. He was not only violent but homicidal. Smith was unable to share her concerns with anyone due to doctor-patient confidentiality. Due to the fact that he had not given her any specific person that he might target during a homicidal rage, which would be the only way she could act on her concern, she had to send him off knowing that he was a walking time bomb. She was then proven that her concern was not groundless when her patient killed a man using a .38 special. She then was able to share her session with the boy and discussed him with a colleague of hers. The colleague was under the impression that the murder would not have occurred if the boy had not come into possession of a gun. Smith was sure that this was not the case. She mentions in her article that murderers have their own code of ethics.

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