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The Craftiness of Criminality Article

The Craftiness of Criminality Article

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Published by Dr. Randy Gonzalez
Clever criminals hide inside each of us. Like the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, human nature easily spans the realm from the normal to the abnormal. People are capable of anything, both good and bad. Regardless of the socio-economic status, criminal behavior can cross any social boundary lines. Crimes large and small happen every day. Just because some are minor doesn’t mean they’re less important. Such incidents are still crimes. For most of us though, the criminal is the other guy. Not us of course. We’re quick to point the finger, gossip and pass judgment.
Clever criminals hide inside each of us. Like the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, human nature easily spans the realm from the normal to the abnormal. People are capable of anything, both good and bad. Regardless of the socio-economic status, criminal behavior can cross any social boundary lines. Crimes large and small happen every day. Just because some are minor doesn’t mean they’re less important. Such incidents are still crimes. For most of us though, the criminal is the other guy. Not us of course. We’re quick to point the finger, gossip and pass judgment.

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The Craftiness of Criminality by Randy Gonzalez1The Craftiness of CriminalityBy Randy GonzalezClever criminals hide inside each of us. Like the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, human natureeasily spans the realm from the normal to the abnormal. People are capable of anything, both good and bad.Regardless of the socio-economic status, criminal behavior can cross any social boundary lines. Crimeslarge and small happen every day. Just because some are minor doesn’t mean they’re less important. Suchincidents are still crimes. For most of us though, the criminal is the other guy. Not us of course. We’requick to point the finger, gossip and pass judgment. Roll our eyes, stick out tongue and shoot a finger,everyone dislikes someone. Holy virtues are always at war with deadly sins. We don’t like to let on that theonly reason we’re not him or her is because we didn’t get caught. Although, in every day life, we’veprobably had some similar thought. Motives, intentions and proclivities run deep in the dark recesses of thehuman brain. Sometimes, we call it the mind, an illusion the brain chemistry creates. Our perception of criminal behavior is a conception based on denial of our complicity in self-conceit. At the same time, someof us make choices, albeit poor ones, to plan, execute and carry out own desires, urges and yearnings.However, once apprehended, a myriad of excuses surface from that personal inner sanctum of cunningcraftiness. Yes, we’re sneaky, sly and shrewd. Some of us are really good at it.From running stop signs to cheating on taxes, or drugging a date for sex, we’d do anything if we thoughtwe’d get away with it. Wily and devious, the human cerebral processes fantasize an amazing range of possibilities. Our entire entertainment industry, from the news media to public policy, offers escapism inone form or another. The more tragic the story the better the ratings. Fact is traded for fiction and mythbecomes reality. Not too long ago, responsibility and accountability became the twin relics of lost ethicalprinciples. Moral absolutes have been replaced. Precepts of morality are quickly traded for easy answersand comfortable feelings. Instead toughening up, we search for ways to explain away the failure of leadership, a crisis of integrity or so called lapses of judgment. Politicians, the press and the priestly classknow these sleight of hand tactics all too well. Throughout society, at every level, we’ve covered ourtracks. There are so many more psychological ailments than ever before. When push comes to shove, we’llfind some reason to rationalize the heinous commission of injury to another. The age of hypocrisy, double-speak and passing the blame has fallen on contemporary society. In short, we can justify anything, concoctconspiracies and slip away quietly while no one is watching.As a public, we love a good mystery, brazen tragedy or major crisis. We’ll shut down an interstatesystem just to get a glimpse of roadside carnage. So often, we cleverly overlook our own ability to makedecisions, select alternatives and otherwise exercise the freedom of our willfulness. When it comes tocommitting crimes, criminals are no different than the rest of us. Behavior is one of making choices.Elementary issues relate to rational exercises of personal freedom. From ideation to commission, criminalspremeditate their actions into self-gratifying activities.
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Schmallenger, F., Criminology Today – Fourth Edition, (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2006), page107-108;
 
The Craftiness of Criminality by Randy Gonzalez2Being crafty, clever and cunning, some criminals, like the rest of population, are better skilled thanothers. Sly and devious, perpetrators of criminal behavior are people who’ve made choice to break the law.They’re self-centeredness is a primary characteristic of their overall personality. From psychology topsychopathology, the continuum is one of connectivity to the inner urges of self-indulgent proclivities.Trespassing across the boundaries of another is a breach by which perpetrator find alluring, tempting andseductive. To them, other people are a means to an end. It’s a matter of getting what they want, when theywant it and where ever they can get it. Their intended victim is an objective. They’ll stalk, hunt and prey onsomeone or some thing they perceive belongs to them. Criminals go after targets of opportunity, given theselected environmental conditions, and abilities for personal gain. The challenge, temptation andenticement relate to individual motives, inclinations and desires. Aware of the risks, they take the stepsnecessary to achieve their goals. Objectives depend on the skill-set of the mindset.
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 Like the rest of us, criminals apply their talents, abilities and capacities to the crime that fits their needs.From political corruption, to corporate embezzlement, to armed robbery and murder, we all have potentialsfor committing a range of anti-social behaviors. While some commit infractions, others commit murder.Yet, the inherent motivations are the same. It’s all about personal gain, such as love or money, and thevariations of these two basic themes. On occasion, it could be power, dominance and control that turn oneon. Gives excitement to the senses and provokes the acquisition of the objective in question. Or, the love of self or obsessive possession of another person. Just depends on individual ideation, fantasy and motivation.Within this secret realm of the fantasy, there is the sowing of expectation to extend into the real world.Ideation loves the fruition of the subconscious into the reality of the conscious. From inside these darkenedreaches comes the intention of carrying out a criminal act.Criminals see themselves as clever, creative and competent within the sphere of their criminality. But,then again, don’t we all dream of getting away with some unconventional activity? Display our arrogancein a number of ways, means and motions? Or, coming into possession of something for nothing? Whilesome of us divert ourselves into acceptable diversions, those who don’t prefer the deviance of crime. Wechose what we do and know why we do it. People don’t suddenly one day up and “snap”, “go off the deepend”, or “fly off the handle”. The feelings inside have been building, plotting and scheming over a periodof time. Premeditation is a uniquely human activity. By reason and rationality, we pursue our goals for apurpose. Likewise, so does the person who chooses to accept a bribe, carry out treason or report fraudulentnews stories. Similar to other endeavors, criminality spans the spectrum of crimes of choice. While somemay have a preferred method of operation, they are capable of changing, adapting and altering the nature of their criminality. As such, the mysteries of the mental processes are more complex than we can predict. Theproblem of predictability is compounded by the fact that we all share a heritage. The criminal inclination ispart of human nature. To know what a criminal looks like, all one has to do is look in the mirror.
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Wilson, C., Clues! A History of Forensic Detection, (New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc., 1989), pages 371-372;
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Yochelson, S., Samenow, S. E., The Criminal Personality- Volume 1: A Profile for Change, (New York, NY: JasonAronson, 1976), pages 220-221;

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