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Case Study Revisited Worksheet
CPSS/417 Version 2
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Case Study Revisited Worksheet
Review the case study you created in the Week 1 individual assignment. Imagine you are able to turn back time and
intervene at various life stages to prevent this individual’s later crime sprees. What intervention and prevention programs
might you implement?
Answer each question listed below in a 75- to 150-word response.
Include a minimum of 2 properly formatted APA in-text citations in your responses, as well as an APA reference for each
source at the end of the worksheet.
1. What early interventions and prevention programs would you suggest during early childhood? Include one suggested
program in your response, explain the program and its objectives, and indicate why you chose it for your case.
2. What community-based intervention programs would you suggest during the child’s adolescent years after the
initiation of delinquent acts? Include one suggested program in your response, explain the program and its objectives,
and indicate why you chose it for your case.
3. Assuming the individual was placed in a juvenile correctional facility for some period of time, what programs within the
juvenile correctional system would you suggest? Include one suggested program in your response, explain the
program and its objectives, and indicate why you chose it for your case.
References
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Ted Bundy – A Psychological Analysis of a Serial Killer
CPSS/417
04/02/2018
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Ted Bundy – A Psychological Analysis of a Serial Killer
Theodore “Ted” Bundy was a serial killer, a rapist and a person suffering from
necrophilia during the 1970s. In his own account, he killed 36 women across several states.
However, it was revealed later by his lawyer that he killed around a hundred women or even
more. What was common about all the victims was that they were all women who were white,
thin and had long hair characterized with a parting in the middle. Ted Bundy started his life as
his mother’s secret “shame”. On November 24, 1946 in Vermont, Ted was brought to life. His
mother, Eleanor Cowell, was unmarried when she gave birth to Ted which resulted to the
humiliation of her religious parents. To hide this fact, Ted was raised as if he was the son of his
grandparents (Eleanor’s parents) and acted as Eleanor’s brother. This remained hidden to Ted
until his teenage years. By the year 1951 when Ted was 15 years old, Eleanor married a man
named Johnnie Bundy. Eleanor and Johnnie had several children which were technically Ted’s
siblings.
It has been recorded that at a very young age, Ted was already exposed to hardcore
pornography. At a very young age, it has also been recorded that Ted’s grandfather constantly
beat animals like their family dog and neighborhood cats. This could have shown Ted that it is
just normal to treat animals and humans like that. It has also been reported that at a young age of
three, Ted has become very fascinated with knives. His grandmother recounts that she woke up
sometimes being surrounded with knives and seeing the three-year old Ted already smiling at
her. When he was still a teenager, his addiction to pornography and books that were filled with
dead bodies led him to a habit that was not considered normal – stalking the neighborhood in
search for a bare window where he can see naked women.
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Taking into consideration the childhood history of Ted, an ACE Test (ACE stands for
Adverse Childhood Experience) was conducted and the score is just 1 out of 10. This is a
relatively low score in terms of ACE which also implies a lower risk of developing emotional
problems during adulthood. Based on the ACE, the risks that could have contributed to the
development of the behavior of Ted include the betrayal of his mother to him when he found out
that she was not his sister but his mother. This is based on the items found in the ACE checklist.
However, there are other experiences that Ted experienced in his younger years that could have
led to the behavior that he exhibited when he became an adult. An example of this is his
exposure to pornography at an early age. This had a huge impact on Ted since this exposure
developed his sexual fantasies over time. According to Allely et al. (2014), many forensic studies
have considered these fantasies as the precursor to rape-murder cases. For the case of Ted, the
fantasies that gradually developed in his mind were not just simple sexual activities but included
an inclination to dead bodies. According to Ioana (2013), serial killers can be characterized (in
terms of their psychic life) as those that derive pleasure out of murder. This pleasure could not
have been developed without the growth of the fantasies. The case of Ted suggests that it was his
fantasies coupled with the lack of emotional support from his parents (especially that of a father
figure) caused the gradual formation of seemingly odd habits as he was growing up. This was
then aggravated with his experience during his early adulthood with his break up with his first
girlfriend (which is said to have features like those he killed).
The experiences of Ted were not adverse when measured in terms of the ACE but it was
nevertheless a gradual but effective cause of his behavior when he became an adult. Those
experiences which were little by little piled up, caused the behavior that he exhibited. This is
supported by the study of Ioana (2013) which suggests that these external or environmental
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factors or experiences are the causes of the development of the anti-social attitudes of murderers.
This means that if only those experiences could have been avoided during childhood, then it is
most likely that such behavior like the case of Ted could not have been developed. For instance,
the most critical and the very first negative experience of Ted which was the showing of
rejection and denial of his biological mother to him should not have been done. This act simply
caused a separation between Ted and his mother that can no longer be filled. This simply placed
a borderline in terms of his relationship with his mother and his stepfather. This prohibited him
to learn (through example) the basic human nature of empathy since no one really was able to
show him that as he was growing up. Another critical incident that should have been avoided
was his exposure not just to violent pornography but pornography in general at an early age. His
exposure and lack of guidance about the matter clearly shows how unguided he was as a child.
This could have prevented the formation of his strangest and wildest fantasies as he was growing
up. This just shows how critical the stage when a young person is still learning and developing
the personalities that he or she will bring up until his adulthood. For the case of Ted, it was these
two critical factors that could have made a huge difference for him and could have saved the
lives of his victims.
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References
Allely, C., Minnis, H., Thompson, L., Wilson, & P., Gillberg, C. (2014). Neurodevelopmental
and psychosocial risk factors in serial killers and mass murderers. Aggression and
Violent Behavior 19 (2014) 288-301.
Ioana, I. (2013). No One is Born a Serial Killer. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 81
(2013) 324 – 328.

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