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The Trial Of A Serial Killer: Robert Pickton

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A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it, (Lapham, 1985). Unfortunately, such acts of rampage have become a prevalent factor in the Canadian culture. As a result of endless media coverage, Canadians now are constantly bombarded with countless images of violence. Many of which often portray a victim avenging their opponent by force. Thus, indoctrinating individuals to believe that it is only through aggression that problems are resolved. Rather than being punished for acts of violence, those who commit such offenses are often praised for their “heroism”. In addition, the success of films like The Godfather, Gladiator, and Troy further aid in reinstating we live in a society that praises violence. Furthermore, this ideology allows for people to partake in violent acts with little or no backlash from ones community. However, when an person strays away from the “norm”, they are likely to then be viewed as a deviant. Such cases of rejection within a society, are often seen in the portrayal of serial killers. Although our society tends to condone violence when it is directed towards a specific individual(s), it does not allow the killing of innocent bystanders. Instead, crimes that are targeted against a number of people over a long period, entail the harshest forms punishments under the law. Sadly, in executing the law for said crimes, those in charge often face much public scrutiny. Such occurrences were apparent in the faulty murder investigations of Canada's most notorious serial killer Robert Pickton. This is due to the fact that, the negligence of the Vancouver Police Department, the displacement of solid evidence, the misconstrued counsel by the trial judge, and a one-dimensional jury, already determined to seek justice for an obvious criminal, all contributed to the current public distrust in the Canadian justice system.
In determining, Robert Pickton's mental capacity during his crimes, his defense attorneys argued that he possessed a limited intelligence. This statement would differ from the prosecutions position, as they believed his IQ surpassed that of mental retardation. In all actuality, Pickton had spent many years in special education and only managed to finish parts of high school. Thus, affirming that he was by no means a wise man. However, without any kind of strong formal education, the simple-minded pig farmer was able avoid arrest, for one of Canada’s largest killing sprees to date. This is largely because Pickton's choice of victims, as well as the Vancouver police departments reluctance to investigate, aided in concealing his identity. Contrary to public belief, the behavior illustrated by Robert Pickton was not eccentric or unheard of, as when placed with the profile of a serial killer, he is an identical match. His history of social isolation, drug...

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