First Advisor

Dr. Julie Sriken

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Dr. Amy Schreier and Dr. Lara Narcisi


Dr. Anandita Mukherji


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

61 pages


This paper examines the role of life-course theory in order to explain the relationship between individuals developing violent behavior and committing murder. By incorporating evidence from case studies, documentaries, and various forms of criminological literature, I discuss how the development of violent behavior through exposure to risk factors increases the likelihood of developing homicidal behavior. In Chapter 1, I seek to establish this correlation by narrowing the risk factors down to three categories: antisocial behavior, low self-control, and normalization of violence. To further support this correlation, I utilize control theories and learning theories which focus on the development of homicidal behavior.

As part of the investigation concerning the process of the criminal justice system in convicting homicidal individuals, Chapters 2 and 3 focus on specific murderers who were convicted and punished through their country’s criminal justice system. In my last chapter, I utilize the evidence found in research to support the benefits of resocializing programs aimed at minimizing the development of homicidal behavior during adolescence. I suggest improvements to the United States criminal justice system to offer more rehabilitation opportunities aimed at reforming antisocial and violent behavior. Additionally, I discuss the importance of restorative justice as a method to support healing secondary victims and offer remorseful offenders the opportunity to actively reflect on their crimes while undergoing their punishment.

Date of Award

Spring 2024

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colo.

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