Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes

Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes

Language: English

Pages: 306

ISBN: 1588296857

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.











Offenders and Their Offenses 37 Official statistics suggest that most juvenile sex offenders are older teenagers (1,2). However, some juveniles begin their sex offending at a young age, with some as young as 6 years old being reported in research papers (4). It is important to remember that official statistics can mask the real age of onset as juveniles are not captured by such statistics unless they are above the age of criminal responsibility. With regard to the type of sexual assaults

was also forced to penetrate the offender. The latter offenses were committed by two different offenders and involved male victims. There were no significant differences in victim or offender age or in age gaps in relation to the occurrence on non-occurrence of penetration. With regard to the use of physical violence, 25% (n = 4) of the cases did not involve violence at all. In 62.5% (n = 10) of offenses, physical violence was threatened but did not occur. Actual physical violence occurred in

girlfriend, Jodi, also adopted a Goth style and smoked cannabis with Mitchell and their friends on a regular basis. Mitchell is also described as having a surprisingly close, physical relationship with his mother. Media reports (3) describe the police finding Mitchell and his mother sharing a bedroom when they arrested him. At Mitchell’s televised declaration of innocence his mother was constantly stroking his neck, and she embraced him for several minutes at Jodi’s graveside. Just a year before

given Harris’s penchant for dressing in black and fantasizing about revenge, it is not an unreasonable conclusion. A further examination of the boys’ psychopathology is beyond the scope of this chapter. Harris and Klebold have been mentioned here with the two British teenage killers because of the media response to their actions. That response tends to link teenage criminality with chosen subcultures in contrast to psychopathology or other unselected variables in the adolescent’s life. The

Holmes and Holmes (11) employed the organized-disorganized typology in their model. As they explained, the subtype model incorporates the organized-disorganized framework as a continuum. The visionary murderer is located at one end of the spectrum reflecting the disorganized type of assailant. The power/control-oriented killer is positioned at the other end of the continuum, consistent with the organized type of offender. However, Canter et al. (28) asserted that the most ambiguity (and

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