The Truth about Murder

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When I was younger I went to a private catholic school from kindergarten to 6th grade, and year after year the students were taught several key stories from the bible every year from the resurrection of Jesus, Noah and his Ark and the god’s creation of the first humans Adam and Eve. One story that I began to remember as I took more and more criminal justice as I felt it pertained to the information we were learning was the story of Cain and Abel. A basic summary of the story is that Cain and Abel were the two sons of Adam and Eve, and one day Cain became jealous of his younger brother Abel for Abel was favored by God over Cain. In his intense fit of jealousy and rage Cain brutally beat and killed his brother Abel with the nearby jawbone of a deceased animal and as a result was punished by God to wander the earth as an outcast. As I contemplate this story I have come to realize its significance as the first story or if some would believe act of murder. The act of murder, or killing of one human being by another with malice intent, has an extremely gripping effect on our society. While there are a large portion who are terrified by the thought of murder there are certain people who are fascinated by murder and the people who could even think about committing such a heinous act. Much of the information we think we know about murder is fed to us from the media such as TV shows or movies and news channels and has such given us a false sense of insecurity as to who we can and cannot trust when it comes to the safety of our lives. Through the use of national statistics and scientific studies I aim to properly explain some facts about the act of murder such as who is most likely to be murdered or commit a murder, whether or not social fac...

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