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CLIFFORD H. BOGGESS:
ANALYSIS OF CHILDHOOD &
LIFE BEHIND BARS

CASEY M. LUNDBERG

MARCH 31, 2015

PROF. ADINKRAH: CRIMINOLOGY

SUMMARY OF VIDEO

Clifford Holt Boggess committed two major crimes. His actions can be categorized as a double geronticide, also known as eldercide, as he murdered two elderly men. Boggess’ crimes against persons were also felony murders because of the robbery that took place as well. Both murders involved a certain degree of planning prior to the kill, classifying them as premeditated crimes; however he did not personally know his victims, making both incidences stranger homicides. A 21-year old white male, Clifford Boggess was on trial for two murders. From the video, I gathered that his family was poor, as his crimes were committed because of financial need. Boggess was unmarried, but had a girlfriend at the time by the name of Phoebe Boles. He had a high school diploma and no college experience. Boggess grew up a religious boy as an avid churchgoer and became extremely in-tune with his religion while on death row, practicing Protestantism before converting to Catholicism prior to execution. However, Clifford Boggess had many Christian friends he consulted with. Boggess was the youngest of 10 children, given up for adoption at a very young age, soon to move in with his foster father’s parents in Texas. These sociodemographic characteristics of the offender will be helpful in further analyzing his felonies. Sociodemographic characteristics of the victims are equally important in understanding these crimes. The primary victims of these murders were two elderly men, Frank Collier at age 87, and Roy Vance Hazelwood at 75 years old. Both were white men of wealthy status. Because of their old age, Collier and Hazelwood can be described as vulnerable victims, incapable of self-defense against a tall, fit 21-year old boy.…...

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