Criminology 4-11-02 "Social" Simmons Ronald Simmons wasn't always a deranged man. He just "flipped out" and went on the killing spree. He must have been struggling with his family life and therefore couldn't function as a whole. Trying to support a family and keep up with the bills and being able to "live" your life is very straining on many in the world today. Strain causes anger, frustration, and resentment(Siegel 2000). It seemed as if Simmons just became sick and tired of his life and wanted it all to come to an end, and not a good one at that.
How a person interacts within his society can/will determine how one responds to human interaction. One could assume that Simmons didn't have much control the weekend he went "nuts" and killed the people in his family and the others involved in the interaction between Simmons and the surrounding factors.
Social adaptations include: conformity, innovation, ritualism, and retreatism(Siegel, 2000).
Simmons couldn't adapt and fit in to his surrounding structure, so therefore felt that he must do something to "fix" things. "Institutional anomie theory views antisocial behavior as a function of cultural and institutional influences in American society(Siegel, 2000)." The American Dream consists of both a goal and a process. Anomic conditions weakens the collective sense of the community, fosters ambition, and restricts desires to achieve anything that isn't material wealth.
Ronald Gene Simmons wasn't socially sound. He had issues that should have been taken care of in a mental hospital, but instead, lives were lost due to that. The impact of Anomie causes a sense of "devalue" with everyday things dealt with by the person that might cause strain.