Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Criminal, Antisocial, and Temporal Patterns in the Histories of Serial and Non-serial Sexual Murderers
by Mesa, Victoria Blair, Ph.D., City University of New York, 2012, 156; 3541949
Abstract (Summary)

Despite its having been the subject of clinical and scholarly inquiry for more than two centuries, empirical research regarding the phenomenon of sexually-motivated homicide remains limited. In particular, relatively few prior studies have focused on perpetrators' criminal and antisocial backgrounds, and these often examine only the data found in official arrest and conviction records, which frequently provide incomplete accounts of offenders' histories. Even fewer researchers have investigated whether temporal patterns exist in the offense histories of sexual murderers. The current study included data on 46 serial and 93 non-serial perpetrators of sexually-motivated homicide, obtained from a large archive. Data collection and coding methods were selected to allow for the use of comparative and multivariate statistical analyses to determine whether the serial and non-serial offender groups differed significantly on the measured variables. Results indicated that multiple offense types were found more frequently in the backgrounds of serial sexual murderers than in non-serial offenders. Few sexual murderers in either group produced temporal patterns in their offense histories. Subsets of victim, offender, and historical variables were used to develop predictive models that could be helpful in distinguishing serial from non-serial sexual homicide offenders. Implications for clinical practitioners, researchers, and law enforcement agencies are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schlesinger, Louis
Commitee: Amrhein, Charles, Gottdiener, William, Khadivi, Ali, Yanos, Philip
School: City University of New York
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Criminology
Keywords: Criminal history, Serial sexual homicide, Sexual homicide, Sexual murder, Temporal patterns
Publication Number: 3541949
ISBN: 978-1-267-68938-2
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