What Drives People to Evil?
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What Drives People to Evil?
Through survivalist instinct and utter insanity, humans can be driven to do drastic acts in times of crisis and need.
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Aileen Wuornos coming clean

Convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos comes clean about her experiences and why she committed dredful murders.  Wuornos killed for a variety of reasons including what she believed was her way of coping with the evils of humanity. She was put to death by lethal injection in 2002.

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Victims of Violence - Serial Killers

Victims of Violence - Serial Killers | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Victims of violence often are susseptable to more violent behaviors later on in life due to the horrific experiences they may have suffered early on in life.


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People Are Stealing Lots Of Tide Detergent : NPR

People Are Stealing Lots Of Tide Detergent : NPR | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Evil exists in many forms, including on the small scale as NPR describes.  There has been a rise in the theaft in Tide detergant, this is because Tide is recognizeable and everyone needs it.

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Why is there so much evil in the world?

Why is there so much evil in this world anyway? This is a question that isn't as easy to answer as some people may think. Depending on if you are a person of faith or someone who believes in reason, the results may vary.  

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Adolf Hitler: Biography

Adolf Hitler: Biography | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Hitler, though is lust for power and his anger at France for the treatment of Germany in the Treaty of Versailles, was the most butual of all socialist dictators in the 20th Century.


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Ed Gein The Real Hannibal Lector

Ed Gein The Real Hannibal Lector | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Ed Gein, with his unorthodox methods is considered to be the inspiration for such horror fils as "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", one truely gruesome individual.  

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Alex King testifies (live on Court-TV)

Alex King testifying after he was accused of aiding in the brutal killing his father Terry, Alex was 13 at the time.  

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The Unthinkable — Children Who Kill and What Motivates Them -- The Crime Library — The Unthinkable — Crime Library on truTV.com

The Unthinkable — Children Who Kill and What Motivates Them -- The Crime Library — The Unthinkable — Crime Library on truTV.com | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Children, despite they're innocent disposition, can be driven to kill.  As seen countless times throughout history children can be just as heartless as some of the worst adult killers out there. 

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Horror Director Eli Roth Explores What Makes Good People Do Evil Things in TV Special

Horror Director Eli Roth Explores What Makes Good People Do Evil Things in TV Special | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Director Eli Roth, director of such horror films like "Hostel", digs into why people do evil acts through the controversial Milligram Expariment. 

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Why Some People Are Evil | Psychology Today

Why Some People Are Evil | Psychology Today | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

People are driven to do acts such as murder due to a traumatic event such as a divorce or a death.  These events lead people down an enraged path that leads to evil doings.

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What makes good people do bad things?

What makes good people do bad things? | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

From the isolation from the known world and the heat of battle, such as a group of U.S. soldiers stationed at Abu Ghraib who abused the Iraqi prisoners there.  What Ms. Dittmann theorizes is that people who do bad things believe what they are doing is right based on there own moral beliefs, like the U.S. soldiers abusing the Iraqi prisoners.  

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Why Are People Evil?

Why Are People Evil? | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

In an Evil world how can one believe in God.  This article is meant to show the light and enlighten people on what the fine line is between good and evil.


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John Wayne Gacy Jr., famous Chicago serial killer — The Early Years — Crime Library on truTV.com

John Wayne Gacy Jr., famous Chicago serial killer — The Early Years — Crime Library on truTV.com | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

John Wayne Gacy Jr. using various tatics including dressing as a clown, went on a murderous rampage that called into question how far people would go and what they would do to kill.


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National Child Abuse Statistics | Childhelp

National Child Abuse Statistics | Childhelp | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

There are statistics that connect child abuse to a higher chance of criminal behavior.  These children go on to commit crimes due to the fact that they had nothing growing up.


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Shocking teen killer speaks out | WIVB.com

Shocking teen killer speaks out | WIVB.com | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Eric Smith, a 13 year old at the time, who murdered a 4 year old in 1993 speaks out about what provoked him to cause such an evil crime.  

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Woman Claims 'Evil' in Scissors Death

Woman Claims 'Evil' in Scissors Death | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

A mother from Las Vegas believed she heard "evil words" which provoked her to butcher her 6 year old daughter with a scissors.

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What Causes Criminal Behavior?

What Causes Criminal Behavior? | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Through phsycological disturbances, the criminals in the 20th century have grown in numbers due to experiences that people have had during their lifetimes.

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The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo

The Lucifer Effect, as described by Philip Zimbardo, is the ability of regular individuals to do evil things if the situation puts them in that spot.  Because of this people are pushed to the edge and become monsters despite the fact that they have seemingly no reason to do so.

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» Good People Can Turn Evil - World of Psychology

» Good People Can Turn Evil - World of Psychology | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Under the right conditions, anyone can be driven to do what society deems evil. People whose psychy is disturbed can cause them to do evil acts such as theft and murder.

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Looters take advantage of New Orleans mess

Looters take advantage of New Orleans mess | What Drives People to Evil? | Scoop.it

Following the distruction of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, many shops were looted due to the need for supplies and the lack of police intervention.  

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