An Empirical Test of Holmes and Holmes’s Serial Murder Typology

  title={An Empirical Test of Holmes and Holmes’s Serial Murder Typology},
  author={David Canter and Natalia Wentink},
  journal={Criminal Justice and Behavior},
  pages={489 - 515}
This article presents the results of an empirical test of Holmes and Holmes’s serial murder classification scheme. Crime scene evidence from 100 U.S. serial murders, each the third in a distinct series, was content analyzed. The co-occurrence of content categories derived from the crime scene material was submitted to smallest space analysis. The features characteristic of the category of “power or control” killings were found to be typical of the sample as a whole, occurring in more than 50… 

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