Mary Bell Murder

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Mary Bell Mary Bell was a murderer, sadistic torturer of her victims, and a victim, more importantly she was a child. At the age of 10 Bell had killed two boys before the age of eleven. Growing up in the financially depressed town of Newcastle in England, in which Bell lived an impoverished life. Bell was born to her Betty Bell, a prostitute who suffered with mental illness and her father, presumed to be Billy Bell, a lifelong criminal who had a history of violence and was frequently unemployed. At the time of Mary’s birth, her parents were not married, and only married a few years after her birth. Mary’s mother, Betty, was a poor example of what a mother should be. A prostitute by profession often abandoned Mary to perform sex acts. Unfortunately, Mary was not always abandoned and was brought into the sex acts, abused sexually, and used as a prop for Betty’s customers. Mary reported that she was forced to perform sex acts starting at the age of five at the bequest of her mother. Mary’ mother was physically abusive to her, reportedly choking her and attempting to kill her on multiple occasions. Even as a baby, Mary was not nurtured by Betty, treating her as an object rather than a child. Actually, Betty attempted to give Mary up for adoption, which was thwarted by Betty’s sister. Furthermore, Mary’s father was abusive in the family home to both Mary and her mother. A lifelong criminal, who was known to commit violent armed robberies, was not a good influence for Mary. Billy was often out of work, depending on earnings form Betty to sustain the house. It must be noted that there is some question if Billy is actually Mary’s father, given Betty’s profession; chances are great that Billy was just another victimizer in Mary’s lif... ... middle of paper ... ...f destruction. Actually, the children whom with Mary associated often played within the abandoned houses. Shaw and McKay found that neighborhoods with significantly low socio-economic status had a correlation with higher crime rates. Arguably, one could say that children being able to play in abandoned houses or building, as if playing on a playground, lack significant social control in their neighborhood. It should be argued that for Mary Bell to go undetected in her behaviors, and for her personal abuse to continue for so long, shows that there was a failure in both formal and informal social control. Therefore, her neighborhood was socially disorganized and lead to the deviant behavior of Mary’s neighbors––and ultimately Mary’s. Sadly, if only some form of social control was present in Mary’s life, even in a minute form, possibly the two boys may never have died.

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