Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives- Paperback

Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives- Paperback

John E. Douglas, Robert K. Ressler

Language: English

Pages: 256


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Who are the men committing the rising number of serial homicides in the U.S. -- and why do they kill? The increase in these violent crimes over the past decade has created an urgent need for more and better information about these men: their crime scene patterns, violent acts, and above all, their motivations for committing these shocking and repetitive murders.

This authoritative book represents the data, findings, and implications of a long-term F.B.I.-sponsored study of serial sex killers. Specially trained F.B.I. agents examined thirty-six convicted, incarcerated sexual murderers to build a valuable new bank of information which reveals the world of the serial sexual killer in both quantitative and qualitative detail. Data was obtained from official psychiatric and criminal records, court transcripts, and prison reports, as well as from extensive interviews with the offenders themselves.

Featured in this book is detailed information on the F.B.I.'s recently developed Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) and a sample of an actual VICAP Crime Analysis Report Form.

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ways of this dirty little world I have never met with such a thing as a trifle yet. This attention to detail is equally as essential to present-day profiling. No piece of information is too small; each detail is scrutinized for its contribution to a profile of the killer. In contrast, criminal profiling methods do not share with fictional techniques the reliance on one specific clue to solve a case. The broken matchstick that leads police to the killer’s door simply does not exist. Instead,

drunken fights) associated with the sexual behavior of adult caretakers. Patterned Responses The patterned responses component (the manner in which the person operates) of our motivational model includes two subcategories: (1) critical personal traits, and (2) cognitive mapping and processing. These subcategories interact with each other to generate fantasies. Critical Personality Traits. In the positive growth and development of a child, positive personality traits of trust, security, and

the organized offender. Obsessive, compulsive traits surface in the behavior and/or crime scene patterns. The offender often brings a weapon with him to the crime, taking it with him upon departure. He carefully avoids leaving evidence behind and often moves the body from the death scene. Although sexual acts are part of the fantasy planning of the crime, murder may not be a conscious intent until a triggering cue occurs. This is illustrated by the following murderer’s statement: I had thought

the criminal profile, the police reviewed their files of twenty-two suspects they had interviewed. One man stood out. This suspect’s father lived down the hall in the same apartment building as the victim. Police originally had interviewed the father, who told them his son was a patient at the local psychiatric hospital. Police learned later that the son had been absent without permission from the hospital the day and evening prior to the murder. They also learned that he was an unemployed actor

those associated with intimacy, tenderness, and sexuality, as well as prolonged periods of constricted affect that often takes the form of depression. Comments offered by these surviving parents have included: “I haven’t had much depth of feeling since the murder,” “I can’t feel anything—I feel like I am dead inside,” “This year my defenses came down and I suffer from deep depression,” and “I’ve changed emotionally—am unable to love or to respond to my other children.” Diminished interest in

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