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Medicine - Psychiatry | Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes

Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes

Kocsis, Richard N. (Ed.)

2008, XX, 306 p.

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  • Collects international perspectives on serial violent crime
  • Explains etiological factors and psychological mechanisms to reveal criminal motives

The phenomena of serial violent crime has long plagued human civilizations. Far from being a contemporary notion unique to Western societies, serial murderers and other offenders who repeatedly engage in violent crimes such as rape or arson are examples of extreme criminal aberrations that exist in cultures around the world. This book assembles the collective expertise of an international group of scholars and practitioners who seek to explain the psychiatric, psychological and criminological factors that may account for the perpetration of these abhorrent crimes.

The topics covered in this text examine the motivational dynamics of offenders including such dimensions as their apparent behavioral normalcy, sensational interests, sadism, narcissism, commonalties, gender and age patterns. Beyond psychological and etiological factors the topics encompassed by this book also consider investigative techniques, procedures, limitations and failures encountered with these forms of crime. This volume is likely to become an essential reference for forensic scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists and criminal justice, legal and law enforcement personnel involved in the investigation and prosecution of serial violent crimes.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Criminal investigation - Criminal motives - Encounter - Etiological factors - Mass murder - Motivation - Profiling - Psychological mechanisms - Psychopath - Violence - Violent crime - psychology

Related subjects » Criminal Law and Criminology - Psychiatry - Psychology - Psychology & Law - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

TABLE OF CONTENTS Dedication Preface List of Contributors Table of Contents Section (I) The psychology of serial violent crimes Normalcy in behavioral characteristics of the sadistic serial killer. Jack Levin and James Alan Fox The compulsive-repetitive offender: Behavioral patterns, motivational dynamics. Louis B. Schlesinger Serial juvenile sex offenders and their offenses. Jessica Woodhams, Clive Hollin and Ray Bull A study of offense patterns and psychopathological characteristics among. recidivistic Finnish homicide offenders Helinä Häkkänen Sensational and extreme interests in adolescents. Kathy E Charles and Vincent Egan Narcissism, sadism and loneliness: The case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. George B. Palermo Section (II) New dimensions to violent crime Sexual homicide: An overview of contemporary empirical research. Leonard I. Morgenbesser and Richard N. Kocsis Serial killers and serial rapists: A preliminary comparison of violence typologies. Stacey L. Shipley and Bruce A. Arrigo Firesetting: A burning issue. Jeffrey L. Geller The ‘gentler sex': Patterns in female serial murder. Hannah Scott Anatomy of a Mass Murder: A psychological profile of Martin Bryant and the Port Arthur massacre. Ian Sale Section (III) Investigative considerations to serial violent crimes Blundering Justice: A Case Study of the Schiedam ParkMurder. Peter J. van Koppen Definitional constructs, dynamics and investigative considerations in sexual (lust) homicide. Janet McClellan Criminal profile construction and investigative procedures: A study of the Westley Dodd serial sexual murders. Ronald Turco Psychological skills and criminal profile accuracy. Erica P. Hodges and Kristine M. Jacquin Profiling and professionalization of criminal investigation. Jeffrey B. Bumgarner

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