Supreme Court of the United States

Victor Frankenstein, ​Scientist


The People of Geneva, ​Respondents


The Prosecution of Victor Frankenstein
for Accessory to Murder, Murder,
Corpse Theft, and Dealing in Dead Bodies



Malia Wolf
Erica O’Kelly
Kaitlyn Vogel
Grace Molloy
Kyla Whitlock
Lillian McCann
Jasmine Sanchez
Isabelle Pabon

January 10, 2017
Whether bringing back a creature is moral or not, Victor Frankenstein, creator of a
horrendous monster, should be prosecuted for committing multiple crimes in the process of trying
to bring the dead back to life. The major issue at hand is as follows the first being what the court is
defining as a “human life”. Second how far science experiments are allowed to go before they
become a problem to society. And finally should Victor Frankenstien be convicted based off of our
evidence provided below. When considering the definition of human we note that Keith Moore
states the definition of human as “Human development begins after the union of male and female
gametes or germ cells during a process known as ​fertilization (conception).” (qtd in Princeton EDU).
Anyone who is familiar with the novel knows that this is not how the monster is made, therefore
Victor should be responsible for the monster's actions.
Although some may not recognize that the monster is merely just a science experiment,
when it boils down to it, that is all he is. And how far are we willing to let scientists take it before we
take the appropriate actions as consequences to anything detrimental to society? If Victor is not tried
properly, what message is the government sending out to the rest of society on how far they can
take a harmful experiment? Victor’s actions need to be punished, for he is the one that created this

"Life Begins ​ at Fertilization with the Embryo's Conception." ​Princeton University. The Trustees of
Princeton University, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.
Victor Frankenstein would go to any means to ensure that his experiment would succeed.
This shows how Frankenstein is willing to put other people's lives on the line to achieve his
goal. As Walton states “one man’s life or death but a small price” Frankenstein agrees he
also feels the same way and it has led to the destruction caused by the monster.
➢ Robert Walton, an explorer who found Frankenstein and nursed him back to health, states
“One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge
which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of
our race” Were Victor Frankenstein responds “Unhappy man! Do you have my madness?
Have you drank also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me,- let me reveal my tale, and you
will dash the cup from your lips!” (Letter 4 page 37)
Victor takes responsibility for the creation of the monster. He refers to it as “wretch” and
“mysterious” creature.
➢ “I avoided explanation and maintained a continual silence concerning the wretch I had
created. I had a persuasion that I should be supposed mad, and this in itself would forever
have chained my tongue. But, besides, I could not bring myself to disclose a secret which
would fill my hearer with consternation and make fear and unnatural horror the inmates of
his breast. I checked, therefore, my impatient thirst for sympathy and was silent when I
would have given the world to have confided the fatal secret. Yet, still, words like those I
have recorded would burst uncontrollably from me. I could offer no explanation of them,
but their truth in part relieved the burden of my mysterious woe.” (page 160)
Victor in the text below admits his creation had killed not one, but now two people (William
and soon Justine).
➢ “It was to be decided, whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would cause the
death of two of my fellow-beings: one a smiling babe, full of innocence and joy; the other far
more dreadfully murdered, with every aggravation of infamy that could make the murder
memorable in horror.” (page 78)
He admits here he knew Justine was innocent during her trial, but did not offer any
information to prove her innocence to sway the judge. He allowed for Justine to take the fall
because he did not want to admit to the monster he had created.
➢ “Several strange facts combined against her, which might have staggered anyone who had no
such proof of her innocence as I had” (page 79)
Victor understands he is the reason Justine will be executed therefore making him an
accomplice to murder. He knew the monster framed Justine yet helped the monster by
keeping it a secret as well. Had Victor confessed to his creation and testified for Justine then
she would have never been executed.
➢ “But I the murderer, felt the never-dying worm alive in my bosom, which allowed for no
hope or consolation.” (page 84)
Victor admits to go to the charnel-house, also known as a morgue, to steal body parts.
➢ “I collected bones from charnel-houses; and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous
secrets of the human frame. ( Chapter IV page 58)
Argument Pt 1. Victor Frankenstein Should be Charged With the Following:
Based on the substantial evidence gathered, we affirm that he should be charged with the following
accessory to murder, murder, corpse theft, and dealing in dead bodies. Victor Frankenstein was
indeed an indirect accomplice of Justine’s death. Victor had prior knowledge that it was the monster
that had killed William and still let Justine get executed. There are several witnesses during the
moments where he admits that Justine’s death was his fault and could have been avoided. Victor
also admits that the rest of the murders were his fault. By putting the monster in that state of mind
and neglecting his experiment, it was a direct result of the monster’s actions and deaths that
occurred. To carry out his experiment, the evidence being the monster, reveals that Victor had dug
up graves and had stolen several body parts to complete his “act of God” and bring to life the
monster that took the lives of innocent people.

Argument Pt 2. Victor is Responsible for the Effects of His Experiment
By definition, a human is a Homo sapien that was birthed from another human and has human
genes. Therefore, the monster, despite developing speech abilities and emotions, is not human. So,
the actions of the monster are the direct responsibility of the owner and creator Victor Frankenstein.
This monster is simply a creation that was constructed with the mutilated parts of dead bodies that
the defense stole from the charnel house, which is also illegal. In addition to this the hate and verbal
abuse that the defense inflicted upon his creation can be seen as the cause of the actions that the
monster took. Doctor Frankenstein scorned the monster for not being the perfect result he desired
he taunted him calling him ugly and unwanted, he then set the monster free to roam and do
whatever it pleased. Due to the mental scarring inflicted upon the monster it lashed out and killed
numerous people. After Doctor Frankenstein learned of these killings, which he knew could be
directly attributed to his creation, he did not come to the police with this information. Therefore, he
withheld evidence that would have found Justine Moritz not guilty of the murder of William
Frankenstein, which makes him an accessory in her death, after she was executed for her crime.
Looking at Doctor Frankenstein’s track record our legal team cannot in good conscious let him
roam free, while he is guilty of dealing in dead bodies, corpse theft, being an accessory to murder,
and committing multiple counts of murder.
Therefore based on this reasoning and the evidence we have presented, Victor Frankenstein should
be prosecuted for dealing in dead bodies, theft, being an accessory to murder and committing
multiple counts of murder.