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Whiter than white: the art of delaying detection in sexual killers

Whiter than white: the art of delaying detection in sexual killers

Stefanska, Ewa ORCID: 0000-0002-5685-0763 and Carter, Adam J. (2019) Whiter than white: the art of delaying detection in sexual killers. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63 (9). pp. 1825-1837. ISSN 0306-624X (Print), 1552-6933 (Online) (doi:

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The study investigated whether different types of sexual homicide perpetrators are more or less skilled at delaying detection. Using the newly proposed direct/indirect typology, the time of arrest, the frequency of specific precautions as well as the impact of forensic strategies used by the perpetrators were examined. The results indicated that the time from the killing to the arrest, as measured in days, was longer for the direct than the indirect sexual killers. Despite the fact that the direct aggressors were better at delaying detection, overall the indirect and the direct offenders did not differ in the frequency of use of most of the precautions. However, different forensic awareness strategies were more efficacious for the direct and the indirect offenders. These results are discussed in relation to the crime scripts for the two perpetrator groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual homicide, forensic awareness, police detection, avoiding arrest, typology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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