Boredom and Crime

Charges today were upgraded to felony murder against Marcell Dockery, the 16-year-old from Brooklyn who allegedly started a fire last weekend that led to the death of an NYPD officer:

When the story broke, it was alleged that the:

…teenager told detectives that boredom led him to set fire to a mattress in the hallway of his apartment building…

Have you wondered about boredom as a precursor to commit a crime? This can be depicted as:

Boredom  Mens Rea  Actus Reus

A cursory review revealed several instances of “boredom” as an explanation for why a crime was committed:

Baseball Player Murdered by ‘Bored’ Oklahoma Teens, Cops Say

“We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.”,,20727093,00.html

Boredom and Teen Crime

The staggering thing about this new wave of crime is the most common reason being cited for the attacks. An online survey conducted by the National Coalition for the Homeless says 55% of the teens involved report “boredom” is the most common reason.

Remember the term “wilding?”

The youths had just emerged from at Hoboken University Medical Center’s Giants Steps drug rehabilitation program on Monroe Street around 12:45 p.m. when they “apparently decided they were bored and needed something to do,” the source said.

How many have dealt with boredom as a treatment issue or forensic causative factor?

Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself

Soren Kierkegaard



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