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When is a murder a sexual murder? Understanding the sexual element in the classification of sexually killings

When is a murder a sexual murder? Understanding the sexual element in the classification of sexually killings

Stefanska, Ewa B. ORCID: 0000-0002-5685-0763, Higgs, Tamsin, Carter, Adam J. and Beech, Anthony R. (2017) When is a murder a sexual murder? Understanding the sexual element in the classification of sexually killings. Journal of Criminal Justice, 50. pp. 53-61. ISSN 0047-2352 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.03.004)

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Abstract

This paper considered the different ways the sexual element and the act of killing could be connected in sexual homicide cases by assigning each case as belonging to either directly or indirectly related groups.

A total of 350 non-serial male sexual killers of females aged 14 years or over, who had been convicted and served a custodial sentence within UK Prison Service, were included in the study. The cases were assigned as belonging to either the direct (the sexual aspect and killing were closely connected) or indirect (the killing was not a source of sexual stimulation) group. Once classified, logistic regressions explored the factors related to the criminal events of the two perpetrator groups.

The results noted predictors that could effectively differentiate between the indirect and the direct cases. The presence of two of Ressler, Burgess, and Douglas's (1988) criteria lowered the odds of the case being classed as indirect.

The paper argues that the direct sexual killer is the ‘true’ sexual killer. This is because for these perpetrators the sexual element and the act of killing were integral in the criminal event, and thus the killing at some point provided a source of sexual stimulation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual homicide, violence, typology, sexual offending
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 15:57
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31623

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