Library Research: Applying Theory to Violent Victimization

 

As usual, 24-year-old Carla left her apartment around 10:00 p.m. to jog to her boyfriend Casey’s apartment two miles away. She planned to spend the night with him and jog back home the next morning. Carla lived in a fairly safe neighborhood in Centervale, but Casey lived in a dilapidated apartment complex that was mostly hidden off the main road, between a bar called Bikers-R-Us and a two-story county office complex used by probation officers and drug rehab counselors.

< Carla usually arrived between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., but when she failed to reach his place by 11:00 p.m., Casey got worried. He started calling Carla on her cell phone, but the calls kept going to her voice mail. He called and informed the police. Before calling the police, however, he hid the methamphetamine that he had already prepared for a couple of Carla's clients who were supposed to arrive at midnight. He also hid the marijuana that he was planning to smoke with Carla. The police found Carla's body within ten minutes in an area covered with trees, between the main road and the apartment complex where Casey lived. An investigation showed that Carla had been sexually assaulted. She had died of strangulation. Task: Using the  University online library and the assigned readings, prepare a 5 page report analyzing at least three victimization theories. Based on your analysis, answer the following questions:

  • How do these theories relate to Carla’s case of victimization?
  • According to you, which victimization theory is most relevant to this case and why?
  • According to you, which victimization theory is least relevant in this case and why?
  • Do you feel that Carla precipitated or was partially to blame for the crime? Give reasons for your answer.

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