Some may not know there’s a difference between motive and evidence, but there is. They might seem similar but there different. Motive is a persons’ reason for doing something. For example one of Scott Peterson’s motives was money issues. On the other hand, evidence is the facts indicating a person did something.
People tend to become confused on the differences between motive and evidence which are completely different in definition, yet have a few similarities as well when discussing how they tie into one another. Motive, as defined by Merriam Webster is “a reason for doing something”. For example, one’s motive for robbing a bank could be to pay of college debts. Evidence as defined by Merriam Webster is something which shows that something else exists or is true. For example, evidence to a murder could be a potential suspects fingerprints found on the gun used to execute a victim. How these two words, “evidence” and “motive”, words with completely different meanings can tie to each other is that in a case evidence could help find one’s motive for
Scott Lee Peterson was once married to Lacy Peterson in California. They were expecting their first child together when Laci disappeared on December 24th, 2002, Laci was 8 months pregnant. Scott was not immediately named a suspect in Laci’s disappearance. Scott told detectives that he was out fishing that morning 90 miles from their Modesto home. The detectives were thrown off by how calm Scott was and Scott’s lack of questioning within the first few weeks of Laci being gone.
First this case was investigated for a rape and murder. A 16 year old girl named Kimberly Simon was found on a dirt road in Utica, New York. Nobody really knew how this happened or why this happened. She was found on September 19, 1985. They found that she was murdered by strangulation (National Registry). There were many reasons to why investigators thought a man named Steven
In 1981 Steven Steinberg was accused of murdering his wife Elena Steinberg by stabbing her twenty-six times in Scottsdale, Arizona (Guy, 2015). At the time of the murder, Steinberg was the one who called law enforcement to report an attempted break-in at his home, even though no signs of force entry were found at the scene. During that time, the case drew a lot of publicity in the state of Arizona; not only because it was a horrifying crime, but because it was a case that involved a murder while sleepwalking. When the police linked him to the murder of his wife, Steinberg did not deny killing his wife but argued that he was not responsible for her murder because he claimed that he did not remember what happened and that he was sleepwalking at the time he committed the crime. Despite inventing the story about an attempted break-in at his home, the jury found him not guilty on the basis of being temporarily insane at the time of the murder, and walked away as a free man (Guy, 2015).
Scott Peterson was found guilty of second-degree murder for his son’s death. The prosecutors wanted two first-degree murder convictions, but jurors believed that the slaying of the unborn child, Conner, was not premeditated and deliberate. The one first-degree murder count in conjunction with the special circumstance of multiple counts of murder, made Scott Peterson eligible for the death penalty (CourtTV, 2008).
Ted Bundy was one of the most vicious and notorious serial killers in United States history. His success in finding and slaughtering his prey was often due to his meticulous planning and preparation. In other moments he simply seized upon the opportunity to charm a woman he met without any prior planning and lured her to a place where he could kill her. He killed as many as 36 women, although authorities suggest that there may have been more victims than that. Was Bundy a classic case of a criminal whose activities can be linked to the "Rational Choice" theory? Do the principles of "Trait" theories explain his behaviors? This paper looks into those theories as they may or may not apply to the murderous life of Ted Bundy. This paper finds that Rational Choice theory fits the facts of Ted Bundy's serial killing more appropriately than Trait theories.
On June 12,1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered. Their bodies were discovered outside Nicole Simpson's condominium. Nicole Simpson was the estranged wife of the famous football player and T.V. star O.J. Simpson.
10:58pm Allan Park sees a shadowy figure. When asked to describe this figure, he says the person was about 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds walking across the driveway towards the house.
On June 20, 2001 a woman by the name of Andrea Yates, stunned the whole country with one of the most bizarre acts of violence that a parents could ever do to their own children. She called her husband at work and told him “I did it” confused by what was going on, he rush home only to find his house filled with officers of the law. The husband asked, “What is going on?”, and only to found out that his wife had drowned all five of their children.
Currently, Drew Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. She was found in a bathtub in 2004 when her death was initially ruled accidental. After Stacy Peterson disappeared in 2007, the family of Savio pushed for an exhumation of her body and it was determined that her death was a homicide. It was suspicious because Kathleen and Drew Peterson had
There was a time when Orenthal James Simpson was a very respected running back for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, he was nicknamed “The Juice,” and was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame in 1985. But O.J. is most famous for the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson, murder trial. During the case, many issues regarding race affected the people’s emotions toward his verdict, and his innocence. With the evidence there was racial controversy, activity in the courtroom, and the verdict itself.
"You never know someone until you've seen them behind closed doors". Orenthal O.J. Simpson lived a rough life growing but, instead of that taking over his life he decided to make a change by becoming a football hall of fame, actress/tv star and later being turned to a serial killer. Was the killing done out of love or spight? Or did he even do it?
It is difficult to believe that O.J. Simpson was once a respected and celebrated professional football player, sports commentator, and actor. However, his image was irrevocably shattered on June 17, 1994 when Simpson was involved in a car chase that lasted about an hour on California's I-405 (O.J. Simpson leads L.A. police on a high-speed chase, 2013). Dubbed the "Crime of the Century," O.J. Simpson's trial was a media circus and was sensationalized for a number of reasons including Simpson's status as a celebrity, the mishandling of evidence, and the issue of race.