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Offense pathways of non-serial sexual killers

Offense pathways of non-serial sexual killers

Stefanska, Ewa ORCID: 0000-0002-5685-0763, Carter, Adam J., Higgs, Tamsin, Bishopp, Daz and Beech, Anthony R. (2015) Offense pathways of non-serial sexual killers. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43 (2). pp. 99-107. ISSN 0047-2352 (doi:

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Purpose: Offending pathways of sexual killers were explored with a focus on whether the pathways for those with a previous conviction for rape or attempted rape differed from those who had no such convictions. Methods: A total of 129 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. Multidimensional Scaling Analysis (MDS), TwoStep cluster analysis and Chi-square analysis were used to evaluate cognitive problems, sexual and behavioral interests, modus operandi and crime scene characteristics.
Results: The study provided support for the existence of three different pathways to offending: deviancy, grievance and sexually driven. Offenders with a previous offense for rape/attempted rape clustered significantly into the sexually driven group.
Conclusions: Sexual killers who fit more closely to the sexually driven group were found to have treatment needs similar to sexual aggressors who have not killed. In addition, more consideration should be given to how we select cases in order for research to better advance our knowledge of sexual homicide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual homicide, pathways, sexual offending, violence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 09:45

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