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"Seventeen years on, a greying Bamber is back in the dock to deny killing his family."

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"Seventeen years on, a greying Bamber is back in the dock to deny killing his family." The article that I will be investigating was published in the Daily Mail on Friday 18th October 2002. The article is about Jeremy Bamber who allegedly murdered his entire adoptive family. The three issues that I can draw from the article are maternal deprivation, just world hypothesis and physical attractiveness. A quote that relates to my first issue of maternal deprivation is, "This appellant was convicted of the murder of the entirety of his adopted family." In Bowlby's (1946) study of 44 thieves, he said that if a child does not know their mother, they become stunted unaffectionate psychopaths. He compared juvenile delinquents with other emotionally disturbed adolescents who had not committed any crimes. This links to my quote as Bowlby is highlighting the long-term affects of maternal deprivation, which is relevant as Bamber was adopted and did not know his real mother. The second issue that I have identified is the idea of just world hypothesis. ...read more.

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The study used in my second issue of just world hypothesis, is by Pollard. He reviewed studies looking at judgements about attackers and victims in rape cases and found that, the more scantily dressed and the more sex partners the victim had, the less sympathy they received. The source and the study link because Bamber told his girlfriend how he was going to kill his parents for the inheritance, if he had not, perhaps he may not have been found guilty, "he had often bragged that he was going to kill his parents and claim his inheritance". Just as if the women were well dressed and did not have many sexual partners, they would have received more sympathy and the attacker would be found guilty. Another way of looking at the source is that Bamber is innocent and a passing comment made to his girlfriend could be why he was found guilty. The study that I used to support my third issue of physical attractiveness is by Stewart, who analysed results from real-life juries. ...read more.

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suggest that we blame the victim because something is wrong with them and we feel that the same might happen to us. In reality, Bamber had the blame because supposedly he turned on his family, which could happen to anyone. Psychology can help us look at the issue of physical attractiveness, by looking at factors such as the seriousness and nature of the crime, that influence the effect of the defendant's physical attractiveness. This relates to Bamber being described as being 'handsome' but allegedly murdered his adoptive family. A study that supports this is by Sigall and Ostrove (1975), who found that defendants charged with fraud received higher sentences, because they used their looks to commit the crime. To what extent did Bamber think he was going to get away with the crime, if he actually committed it, just because is physically attractive? In conclusion, this article shows the bias that can be included in police crime records. Word count: 1000 (excluding quotes.) Bibilography: Dwyer, D. (2001) Angles On Criminal Psychology. Nelson Thornes. Brain, C (2002) Advanced Psychology: Applications, Issues and Perspectives. Nelson Thornes. Eysenck, MW (2000) Psychology - A students handbook. Psychology Press Ltd. Hill, G (1998) Advanced Psychology Through Diagrams. Oxford University Press January 2003 Kuljeet Shoker 13MH ...read more.

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