Find information on one crime that you will use for all of the writing assignments for this class. It is essential to find a crime that will give you plenty of information about the particulars of the crime, the offender or offenders, and the victim or victims. A good online source is the Crime Library (http://www.trutv.com/library/crime). Other sources such as newspaper articles or books will also work as long as you have plenty of information about the offender’s background, probable motivations, the relationship between the offender(s) and victim(s) and the backgrounds of both the offender(s) and victim(s). For the purposes of Writing Assignment # 2, you will also need to have detailed information about the victim(s) and why he or she was victimized.
As will all your written assignments they will need to be typed in WORD, double-spaced, with Times New Roman 12 pt. font size, 1” margins, and between 2 and 4 pages in length, and include all of the following:
1. Identify the source of your information. If you are using an online source be sure to include the complete URL. As will ALL your writing assignment for this class, your source(s) in-text and on the references page needs to be in APA format. For APA examples and instructions see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
2. Identify the offender or offenders by name and briefly describe their background including family upbringing, social status, race and/or ethnicity, and criminal involvement.
3. Identify the victim or victims by name (if known) and briefly describe why they were victimized. You do not need to go into great detail or try to explain this from any theoretical perspective. You will do that in the second writing assignment after you have read and studied the chapter on criminal victimization. A general explanation will suffice for the purposes of this assignment.
4. Briefly describe the crime or crimes. A brief summary of the offenses committed, how they were committed, and who did what to who will suffice.