Fox, James Alan, Jack Levin. "Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Multiple Murders." Crime and Justice, vol 23 (1998). pp. 407-455. University of Chicago Press. Web.
Summary: This article addresses the growing concern over the "epidemic" of serial murder that has developed in the past 30 years. It talks about some of the statistics surrounding serial murder, such as 80% of all serial murderers are male. The article states that the research into serial murder is still in its infancy, but has made leaps and bounds in development since criminologists started taking serial murder cases seriously and not like an average murder.
Holden, Constance. "The Violence of the Lambs." Science, New Series, vol. 289, No. 5479(Jul 28, 200), pp. 580-581. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Web.
Summary: Research findings that state that violent tendencies may stem from infancy and/or during the prenatal months. The article focuses on one child in particular, his name was left out but the author called him "Steve", and his violent tendencies that started in his toddler years and went throughout his adulthood. While growing up, he was arrested on several occasions for petty crimes and assault. The article stipulates that "Steve's" problem stem from some decreased (or increased) function in parts of his brain.
Amen, David et al. "Brain SPECT Findings and Aggressiveness." Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 8, no: 3 (1996): 129-137.
Summary: Survey that took 40 individuals who were convicted of aggressive compared compared to 40 individuals who had no history of violence. The scans showed that the individuals with the aggressive behavior had decreased brain functions that support violence and irrational behavior.

In the subject of nurture, how a serial murderer is formed based on nurture in early life is subject to a case by case definition. How Ted Bundy was raised affected him differently than how it would have if he was raised in Geoffrey Dahmer's home. Because of this, I was planning on looking at three different notable serial murderers in the past 30 years: Jeffery Dahmer, David Berkowitz, and Ted Bundy.

A5- I have decided to do my research paper on serial killers and how modern science and profiling is helping us to understand how their brains function. I've been interested in forensics and catching "bad guys" since I first saw Cold Case File on A&E when I was about 10, and how the mind of a mind of a killer works has always been something that has fascinated me. Some question would be: does the brain of a serial killer function different from that of a normal persons? Does the question of nature versus nurture really affect a person's development into a killer? Is there a way to stop a killer before they commit murder? Who is most likely to become a killer? Are there different types of serial killers?

Allison -- Remember that your paper has to focus on an issue that is debatable; in other words, something that has at least two sides to argue for/against. I think your question about nature vs. nurture is the best one because there could be some debate there. The purpose of the other questions has a more informational focus rather than something that involves argument. Keep this in mind as you do your research. You might be led in a completely unexpected direction once you start looking for sources, so be open to pursing an new angle if an interesting one presents itself. -- Leah


The origins of the word faith date back to ca. 1250, from the Old French word fied meaning “duty of fulfilling one’s trust”, and Latin root fides meaning “trust, belief”. Today the usage of faith is used primarily to represent a persons religious beliefs or their trust and loyalty to God. Where as saying that you have faith (or trust) in a person has become almost secondary to the way people perceive the word. But, during the time of the origin of the word, Belief was used to mean "trust in God," while faith meant "loyalty to a person based on promise or duty". This meaning that a person held faith in another based on a promise made to them. The religious sense of the word did not become preeminent circa 1382.

Summary: Jennings is trying to say that women have taken sexual harassment cases to far, thus putting men in an uncomfortable position in the workplace. Men are having to distance themselves from women purely out of fear of a lawsuit.
Thesis: women's over sensitivity to sexual harassment has caused men to become uncomfortable and scared that they may unwittingly offend, in essence the "victim" has become the "harasser".
Audience: mainly young-middle age business women, but there are some parts geared toward men.
Weakness: argues so heatedly against the victims of sexual harassment, that she seems to forget that while some women capitalize on harassment cases, there are still women out there who truly have been victimized.
Strength: Points out the sexism in sexual harassment cases, and how women are over sensitive when it comes to what is considered sexual harassment.
logos: She quotes quite a few different cases of sexual harassment, and is able to effectively argue her case.
Pathos: Talks about how the new generation of women in the workplace can no longer have a male mentor, which is something that Jennings had when she was starting out in her career which has helped her succeed.

Ethos: Jennings has worked in law for the past 30 years. She has access to many cases of sexual harassment.