Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes
This book brings together an international collection of research literature on the topics of criminal profiling and serial violent crime by integrating the respected insights of both scholars and practitioners from around the globe. It explains etiological factors and psychological mechanisms to reveal criminal motives.
compulsive-repetitive offenders with multiple victims (i.e., serial offenders) usually do not have major psychiatric illnesses that result in disorganized thinking. Compulsive-repetitive offenders with a major mental disorder that results in thought disorganization are usually unable to plan their crimes; their apprehension is thus much quicker, and they have fewer victims. Behavior Patterns of Those Who Plan Their Crimes Compulsive-repetitive offenders who plan their crimes often engage in
work experiences including undergraduate and adult teaching, working with adult offenders, and volunteering with older long-term psychiatric patients. She completed her PhD in 2006. Vincent Egan, bsc, phd, is Director of the postgraduate forensic psychology courses at Glasgow Caledonian University. He holds a BSc (Hon) degree in Psychology from the University of London (1984), a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (1991), and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leicester
23 sex-homicide cases without a sex crime history, nearly all (n = 21) had a criminal history of nonsex crimes, frequently violent crimes. Only 2 of the 50 offenders had a psychiatric history or exhibited psychotic symptoms at the time of examination. Of the 50 offenders, more than one-third (n = 18) had a history of sex crimes arrests.8 The two-thirds of offenders who did not have a history of sex crimes nonetheless frequently had an extensive criminal record for other offenses. With respect to
(1995). Sexual Homicide:Patterns and Motives. New York: Free Press. 22. Holmes, R. M., & Holmes, S. T. (2002). Sex Crimes: Patterns and Behavior (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 23. Prentky, R. A., Burgess, A. W., Rokous, F., Lee, A., Hartman, C., Ressler, R., & Douglas, J. (1989). The presumptive role of fantasy in serial sexual homicide. American Journal of Psychiatry, 146, 887–891. 24. Gerberth, V. J., & Turco, R. N. (1997). Antisocial personality disorder, sexual sadism, malignant
populations of Africa and Russia, it is odd that there is only one recorded case in each country where a woman has committed these crimes. There may be several underlying factors driving these numbers. The curiosity of Western nations has historically been focused in the direction of other wealthy nations, rather than on the poorer cohabitants of this planet. Therefore, news generated in non-Western nations often does not catch the interest of First World nations, as illustrated by the lack of