Core Factors of Psychopathy.

Ted Case Analysis

Question # 1: Psychopathic Behaviors Identified by Hare and Cleckley

Hare Primary Psychopath Description list:

According to Hare, Ted Bundy had a couple of characteristics that described him as a serial killer. The five most evident characteristics that fit his character are a grandiose sense of self-worth, cunning/manipulative, lack of remorse or guilt, callous or lack of empathy, and high need of stimulation/prone to boredom. Bundy had a grandiose sense of self-worth as he yearned to succeed in everything he did. He excelled in school, where he was doing psychology such that even the teachers liked him. Second, he was cunning/manipulative because he used tricks to make women fall into his trap (Blanco, 2016). Third, Bundy lacked remorse or guilt for all the murders he committed as he did not care about the consequences that would befall him. Even after being apprehended and taken to jail, he had no consideration for change as he would embark on his killing spree. Fourth, Bundy was callous and lacked empathy as he would drive his victims away from where he kidnapped them, and not at any chance he let any of them go free after reconsidering his actions. Finally, he had a high need for stimulation to kill and prone to boredom if he did not kill (Blanco, 2016). He was obsessed with corpses such that he would visit and sleep with his victim’s bodies or even keep some of their body parts.

Cleckley’s Primary Psychopath Description list:

According to Cleckley, Bundy fits the following five characteristics. First, he had an impersonal sex life because instead of having sex with normal women, he would visit his corpses in Taylor Mountain, apply make-up on them, and then have sex with them. Second, Bundy was impulsive as he did not involve any forethought before killing his victims, as that gave him satisfaction. Third, he was unreliable because despite dating Stephanie Brooks and promising to marry her, Bundy later canceled the marriage unceremoniously. Fourth, Bundy failed to follow any life span because even at one time in college, Brooks broke up with him, saying Bundy lacked ambition. Finally, he had superficial charm and good intelligence because he was charming, charismatic, and excellent in his education, making it easy to target women (Blanco, 2016).

Question # 2: Summary of the Four Hypothesized Core Factors of Psychopathy.

According to the Summary of the Four Hypothesized Core Factors of Psychopathy, Bundy can be described through four factors interpersonal (F1), Lifestyle (F2), Affective (F3), and Antisocial tendencies (F4). The first example that describes his interpersonal (F1) factor is a superficial charm as he was described as attractive, politically ambitious, self-assured, and successful in many relationships with women. The second example is his manipulative behavior which enabled him to approach women and design tricks to lure them into his car without using force. The first example that fits his lifestyle (F2) is poor planning as he did not have any prior planning for his murders as he picked up on random victims. The second example is his irresponsibility, as he did not care about hiding evidence or maintaining a low key after escaping jail (Blanco, 2016).

The first example that fits the affective (F3) factor is a failure to accept responsibility for his actions as he claimed were t not for him watching pornography. He would not have committed the murders. The second example is his shallow affect, as he would decapitate and keep the heads of his victims without any feeling of guilt or remorse. The first example that fits the antisocial tendencies (F4) factor is his persistent criminal activity because nothing would stop him from killing as long as he was alive and free. The second example is his early behavior problems. He started stealing when he was in high school and even stated that he did not comprehend why people needed friends or affection towards other people (Blanco, 2016).

Question #3: What is Bundy psychopath type:

Primary psychopaths are serial killers characterized by superficial charm, callousness, manipulation, and shallow affect. On the other hand, secondary psychopaths are serial killers characterized by long-term goals and impulsivity related to evil character. Dissocial psychopaths are serial killers who persistently have no regard for distinguishing right or wrong and ignore other people’s feelings. According to these definitions, Bundy fits the description of a primary psychopath because he was manipulative and had a shallow affect, superficial charm, and callousness (Blanco, 2016). He would sometimes pretend that his arm hand a problem or even wear a plaster on and ask help from women whom he would then turn against and kidnap them and later kill them. Bundy was good at manipulation as he approached his victims in a friendly way in broad daylight and even in crowded places and convinced them to go with him in his car. After they were in his car, he would unleash his manic behavior and drive them away and later kill them (Blanco, 2016).

He had superficial charm as he was described as a person who was politically ambitious, charismatic, and self-assured, making it easy to attract women. Bundy was callous as he did not regard his victims’ age as he targeted even little girls as young as 12 and 14 years. For instance, Kimberly Leach was just 14 years when he sexually assaulted her, killed her, and threw her under a pig’s shed. Finally, Bundy also had shallow affect because he would decapitate them and keep their heads to satisfy his high need for stimulation from dead bodies after killing his victims. He had no remorse or guilt for his actions as he would visit and sleep with corpses, he had dumped in Taylor Mountain (Blanco, 2016).


Blanco, J. (2016). Ted Bundy: Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of murderers. Retrieved March 13, 2021

Case Study # 2

(100 points)

You are being given a printed copy of background and case study information on John Hinckley, Jr.. Please read through the materials provided and then respond to the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.  Your responses should be typed in Times New Roman12 point font and double spaced. Please place your name at the top of the page; it is not necessary to create a cover page.


  1. What is the difference between “competency to stand trial” and “insanity”? Was Hinckley found competent to stand trial? (5 points)
  2. There were three mental health experts that testified for the defense in the trial that Hinckley was mentally ill: Dr. William Carpenter, Dr. David Bear and Dr. Ernest Prelinger. What mental health diagnosis did each of these experts say Hinckley met criteria for? (Some were more specific than others). What evidence did each of these experts used to support their argument that Hinckley was mentally ill? (Hint: Each one used different types of evidence to support their diagnosis). (60 points)
  3. The prosecution used Dr. Park Dietz as their mental health expert. He did not believe Hinckley was mentally ill. What arguments did he use to try to prove Hinckley was not mentally ill? (Name at least 3) (5 points)
  4. What is the M’Naghten rule? What is the Durham rule? (Hint: Your textbook may be helpful here.) (5 points
  5. In light of the Hinckley trial results changes were made to the insanity defense. The Insanity Defense Reform Act was put into place. It created four major changes to using the insanity defense. What where these changes? (Hint: Your textbook may be helpful for this response). (10 points?
  6. What is the Guilty But Mentally Ill verdict? What does it say? (5 points)
  7. Proper APA Format and Grammar (10 points)
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