Theodore Robert Cowell commonly known by the name “Ted” was born in 1946. He was declared a serial killer after he confessed to have killed more than 36 people. Ted was convicted to death and later executed in the prison of Raiford. His early life and experiences he passed through were believed to be the factors behind which he became one of the America’s serial killer.
Born in a single-parent family, he lacked attachment to the parental care. His mother did not show him motherly love and she lied to him that his grandparents were his true parents. According to Giannangelo (2000), lack of attachment to the parental care exposes the child to gang groups where he or she can get love. Kids that do not get parental nurture are prone to become gangs as they turn their attention to individuals who can nurture them. It is clear Ted had to pass through this lack of parental care and love.
In addition, victimization also affects the child’s life and may end up being a criminal. Due to Ted’s shyness, uncomfortable nature and self-doubting exposed him to social harassment by other individuals. In his junior high school studies, he was often victimized and teased by other students as he perceived himself to be different form other students. Such victimization resulted to Ted becoming a serial killer. According to Green (2003), due to victimization in the society, the kid usually becomes a victim of crime. Most of the children who end up in crime are usually victims of abuse.
In conclusion, Ted’s serial killing nature was manifested by his childhood experience and the family background. Being exposed to various societal crimes without parental guidance and the victimization he received when he was undertaking his schooling were the main factors that made him to be involved with crime.