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The Sentencing Of Butch And Willie Bosket

2687 words - 11 pages

The similarities in the lives of this father and son are uncanny. I will look at the murders committed by both Butch and Willie. They both committed two murders. I will look at the correlation between the two men and the murders they committed. I will touch on their lives and their treatment at home. In addition, how that eventually affected them and the eventual murders they both committed. Their mother has sent them both away. They were both sent to the same juvenile detention centers at different times. This affected both men differently. The psychologists gave them the same diagnosis at different times, but no one realized this at the time. It is astonishing that there was no connection made between the two men. There was bound to be tragedy in their lives given the history in this family. Butch and Willie both committed heinous crimes, but for different reasons. I will look at why I think they killed and what sentences I believe they should have gotten for killing.

When Butch was nine years old, his mother sent him away with a quarter and told him never to come back. He rode the subway for days, until he was picked up by the police and taken to court. This was in August 1950, he was sent to the Children’s Center. It would be the beginning of a lifetime of institutions for Butch. Butch had to learn at a young age to defend himself. To be the toughest kid in the institution. He had to strike first or he would get hurt. He was all he had. His mother did not want him. He learned early “that a willingness to fight was essential to survival.” (1) Butch became hard to handle at the Children’s Center. He was then sent to Wiltwyck, another institution for boys. “Wiltwick had become nationally renowned school, officially called a “residential treatment center” for emotionally disturbed boys most of them black or Hispanic.” (2) Butch had a hard life, having been in several homes for boys. His father had been in jail then went AWOL from the Army. His father had beaten him severely. He was taken back to family court after an incident with a cousin and stealing from an old woman. “Both sets of grandparents work during the day, and, apart from not being able to physically look after the defendant, they also felt they could not control him.” (3) Eventually, he was sent back to his mother in New York City. She is the one who gave him a quarter and told him to “never darken this door again”. (4)
Butch was suffering from strain, frustration-aggression theory when he committed his murders. “The concept of frustration-aggression has had a powerful influence on the field of criminology. In 1939, a group of Yale University psychologists focused on the effects of frustration-an unpleasant psychological state resulting from the failure to satisfy some need or desire-on aggressive behavior. They proposed that frustration and aggression are inextricably connected. In what became famous as the “frustration-aggression hypothesis,” they...

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