Crime Theories and Nathaniel Fujita

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Crime Theories and Nathaniel Fujita Homicide may be considered to be one of the most heinous crimes an individual may commit. There are many different reasons a person commits murder ranging from premeditated homicide to negligent homicide to a crime of passion. Presently, Nathaniel Fujita, age 20, is on trial and charged with first-degree murder in Woburn, Massachusetts. Fujita is charged with violently murdering his ex-girlfriend Lauren Astley, age 18, on July 3, 2011. Through the analysis of crime theories including labeling, psychological, and biological theories, among others, an attempt can be made to determine what drove Fujita to murder. Fujita is currently on trial for murdering his ex-girlfriend, Astley, on July 3, 2011. Fujita and Astley were high-school sweethearts and had been dating for three years prior to the murder. Fujita and Astley are said to have had a three-year on-and-off relationship with Fujita before officially ending their relationship in April of 2010. Text messages between Fujita and Astley indicate Fujita attempted to reconcile with Astley before he murdered her (Alfonsi & Hagan). It is also during this time that Fujita began to exhibit erratic and unusual behavior. Fujita's attorney has argued that Fujita was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder weeks before the murder. Fujita had fallen into a deep bout of depression around the time of the break up, had become socially withdrawn, and stopped leaving home (Allen). Furthermore, Beth

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