Alyssa Bustamante Essay

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A political prisoner can be defined in various ways. According to BBC News the phrase political prisoner “has little meaning in legal terms; there is no internationally recognized definition of a political prisoner”(1998). Furthermore they define it as “Any prisoner whose case has a significant political element: whether the motivation of the prisoner’s acts, the acts themselves, or the motivation of the authorities” (1998). In addition another source, gives further an example on how women could be labeled one. Shelley Bannister argues “Women who respond to male violence with physical resistance, and are incarcerated as a result, should be viewed as political prisoners” (Meyers, 1997).
As mentioned previously Alyssa Bustamante was incarcerated for strangling, cutting, and stabbing a nine-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone, she was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole. According to sources, Alyssa’s academic tests revealed she is a gifted student but she sometimes does not apply herself in class (McGowin, 2009). But on the contrary Alyssa reveals a troublesome side. Her YouTube page lists her hobbies as killing people and cutting (McGowin, 2009). In addition to this behavior, the juvenile court said that they had to trim her fingernails because she was using them to cut-up her arms, and she also tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized and received daily therapy since that accident (McGowin, 2009). In addition Alyssa is also taking Prozac to combat her depression. As we could tell Alyssa has had a troublesome childhood.

It could be said that Alyssa Bustamante is a political prisoner because of the act of murder of a nine year Elizabeth Preiss. During trial defense attorneys referred to numerous references in Alyssa’s journal in the two months before the murder, Alyssa described her suicidal feelings and the urge to hurt herself and others (Romano, 2012). “In one account Alyssa had written that she intended to burn down a house and kill all the occupants but she never did it” (Romano, 2012). I could be said Alyssa hit rock bottom on October 14, one week before the death of Elizabeth, She wrote in her journal that she was unable to use her cell phone because the charger had died, which meant she could not talk to anyone about the depression and range she was feeling (Romano, 2012). She additionally wrote in her journal entry that day: “If I don’t talk about it, I bottle it up, and when I explode someone’s going to die” (Romano, 2012). It is clear that Alyssa suffered from major depression. Her twitter account also revealed that she was depressed. She wrote: “ that she was somewhere I don’t want to be” (Romano, 2012). In addition, a tweet from a week prior to the murder read: “This is all I want in life; a reason for all this pain”(Romano, 2012). She made it public that she was hurting and trapped deep inside although sources reveal that she was being treated for her depression it was...

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