LUIS GARAVITO 6
Classicalcriminology asserts that individuals engage in crimes out of personalchoice or self-interest. Examining factors such as parenting, drugsabuse, peer influences, and gang affiliation can help understanddeviance or misbehavior. Social ineptitude, institutional breakdown,and status influence illegal behaviors among individuals. Behaviorinforms an individual on when and how to respond to certain deeds. Intrying to examine the matter, I will assess the family history,education, and life of the selected individual. The paper examinesthe life of a serial killer named . He is a Colombiannational who is currently serving jail sentence after admitting tohaving killed and tortured over 147 boys. Understanding Garavito’slife, education, and family history is essential to help ingenerating information on what could have influenced his obnoxiousbehaviors.
Bornin Colombia in 1957, Garavito is said to have raped, tortured andkilled over 147 boys. He is the oldest sibling in his family. It isindicated that his father mentally and physically abused him. He alsoexperienced sexual abuse when he was young which could havecontributed to his behavior later in life. Coming from adisintegrated nation, Garavito’s family was poor hence could notafford the essential services and needs that support growth anddevelopment of an individual. Additionally, Garavito was raised in apoor and large family of seven boys. Povertymeant that his
parentscould not provide for the basic needs of their kids. As such,Garavito and his brothers did not get enough education. Psychologistsargue that Garavito could have felt uneasy bearing the condition oftheir family and responsibilities at hand (Newton, 2006). The statusof the family was a contributor to a stressful situation thataffected his psychological well-being. Poor conditions could haveworsened his condition making him worry about life’s situations.This is likely to contribute to stressful situation and misbehaviors.The financial burden for the family was enormous, hence could notmeet all the essential needs. It is also evident that the family wasnot supportive.
Familysetting plays a significant role in shaping the life of anindividual. Family risk factors have an excellent relationship withthe tendency of an individual to engage in violent activities. Lane(2003) examines the various personal and family risk factors thatinfluence the offenders. The author notes that the personal riskfactors include physical assault, sexual abuse, poverty and droppingout of school. The family risk factors include education status ofthe parents, occupation, criminal history and marital status.Garavito was a victim of violence at a tender age where his fatherphysically abused him. It is notable such a situation can easilyinfluence an individual to participate in violent activities,including murder. Dependency aspects played a crucial role inelucidating the results realized for young people in the juvenilejustice framework. Parenting contributes to the adoption of anybehavior among the kids and extends to their teenage years. Childneglect is another factor that can influence misbehavior. Garavitodid not enjoy good parenting. There is little data about hisrelationship with the parents. In his testimony, he only highlightshow the father abused him (Philbin & Philbin, 2008).
Comingfrom a poor background, Garavito acquired limited education. He issaid to have schooled not more than five years. In fact, he droppedschool and started working as a peddler in the streets. Garavito hadlimited educational skills. Limited education can affect the behaviorof an individual. Such individuals have limited opportunities broughtby educational competence. Poverty affected Garavito’s educationthat led to his engagement in crimes. He did not even complete thebasic level of education. Material deficiency and the numerous socialdisadvantages associated with poverty makes it impossible for poorpeople to access good education. Garavito was a victim of socialdisintegration in Colombia. The social environment in the country wasnot conducive to educational activities.
Educationis essential to improve the social and economic status of anindividual. Garavito’s lack of education hindered any meaningfulprogress in his life. He could not seek for employment. His lack ofeducation also meant that he had no skills and knowledge to engage inbusiness. Education is known to have the potential to change anindividual’s thinking and standards. Garavito’s lack of educationmeant that he could mainly socialize with people who did not attendschool. In such groupings, one can be easily influenced into engagingin misbehaviors.
Garavitoexperienced a form of social insecurity due to the lack of resources.Having little education, Garavito lacked skills that could haveallowed him to engage in meaningful employment. Before he startedkilling, Garavito was alcoholic. He used much of his time on thestreets as a peddler. His indulgence in drugs affected hispsychological welfare. Drugs are known to influence the normalfunctioning of the body. Psychological impacts arising from takingdrugs include anxiety, depression, grief and behavioral effects.There are social concerns such as stigmatization and victimizationthat directly influence the youths into taking drugs. Additionally,the effects of drugs on the kids take up a lot of a young person’stime. This is in turn makes a child lose attention and becomedisinterested in education. This negatively affects their emotionaland social development, eventually dropping out of school. Garavitowas both a victim of drug abuse and peddling (Larson, 2008).
Povertyhas the potential to lure individuals into engaging in misbehaviors.Poor people have limited access to essential needs and services. Assuch, the majority tend to engage in activities that are eitherunlawful or unwarranted in the society. Garavito was a victim of suchsituations as seen in his activities before he started killing. Atsome point, he would engage in drug-peddling to support his youngerbrothers. The matter aggravated his situation hence could not readilyavoid the stressful situations. He stopped going to school hencelacked friends who he could share his grievances. This isolation andlack of social attachment is what makes people depressive and invokesmurder thoughts. This situation explains that sometimes guilt isstronger than any other feelings and that these people would ratherbe dead than be feeling guilty (Siegel, 2011).
Factorssuch family factors, mental health, peer influence and drug abuse canlead to misbehaviors. Garavito developed his behavior due to the poorstate and ill-treatment he experienced when he was young. Usage ofdrugs and lack of education are also critical factors thatcontributed to his misbehavior. Social and economic factors haveconsiderable influence on the daily performance of an individual.Psychologists attribute the day-to-day challenges he faced whengrowing to extreme stress that prevented him his psychological healthfrom developing healthily.
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