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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acted out these fantasies within a year of becoming consciously aware of them. In addition, several of the offenders admitted that their first rape was also their first sexual experience. One offender who by age nineteen had raped and murdered five women told in this report of his first rape at age fourteen. The offender had fantasized about raping a twenty-five-year-old neighbor for whom he did errands. To carry out his fantasy, he scaled up her apartment building wall (“as a cat burglar and

murder. One of the murderers we interviewed described his preoccupation with murder immediately prior to killing someone: “I had a compulsion during the day and hoped it would settle down—hoped I could wipe it out drinking.” These men have conscious, detailed plans for murder. Often the plans are improved upon with each successive killing; each new experience gives the offender insight into his next murder. Although the man who killed after breaking up with his girlfriend had no conscious plan

and external experience. Consequently, personal motivations, goals, and objectives are shaped by the structure and themes of the cognitive mapping and processing. Manifestations of cognitive mapping and processing include daydreams, nightmares, fantasies, and thoughts with strong visual components. Internal dialogue generally occurs and is focused on strong, limiting presuppositions regarding cause, effect, and probability. The murderers deal in absolutes and generalizations. They are aroused

being submissive. She motioned to me that she wanted to say something. I took out her gag and cautioned her to talk quietly and not to make any loud noises or scream. She said she was a nymphomaniac and that she was not going to cause trouble because she was estranged from her husband and that she had a custody suit pending which was due for a hearing in about a week. Any hint of her running around or engaging in any unusual activities might be used against her, as her ex-husband was trying to

deserted area in the country where the daughter’s body was found and tried to act out the scene. A cousin said, I tried to imagine how he did it and why she couldn’t get away … she must have been in so much pain … I can’t stand to think about it…. This might sound morbid to you, but it was just something I had to do. What Can I Do? One of the immediate reactions families describe is a wish to do something physically about the crime. An overwhelming feeling of helplessness may trigger this

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