Brittain's Sadistic Murderer Syndrome reconsidered: an associative account of the aetiology of sadistic sexual fantasy

@article{Macculloch2000BrittainsSM,
  title={Brittain's Sadistic Murderer Syndrome reconsidered: an associative account of the aetiology of sadistic sexual fantasy},
  author={Malcolm J Macculloch and Nicola Susan Gray and Andrew Watt},
  journal={The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry},
  year={2000},
  volume={11},
  pages={401 - 418}
}
The ground-breaking work of Brittain (1970) provided the template for subsequent investigations of the aetiology, development and careers of sadistic murderers. The current article revisits some of the key observations that Brittain made, reviews briefly some of the empirical/theoretical developments that followed and offers an associative account of how sadistic fantasy may be initiated. We conclude by calling on clinicians working with sadists to apply the single case-study to collect… Expand
Psychopathy and Sexual Sadism
TLDR
Pooling indicator variables for psychopathic and sexually sadistic disorders showed that a two-factorial solution yielded a better fit than a single-factor model, which identified psychopathy and sexual sadism as separate latent variables. Expand
Sadism in sexual offenders: evidence for dimensionality.
TLDR
Using behavioral indicators derived from crime scene actions as well as clinical data, the latent structure of the disorder is identified and sadistic conduct in sexual offenses is likely an extreme form of coercion, but not a qualitatively different entity. Expand
Behavioral Indicators of Sadistic Sexual Murder Predict the Presence of Sadistic Sexual Fantasy in a Normative Sample
TLDR
The presence of behavioral indicators that predict sadistic sexual fantasy confirms the importance of these factors in the etiology of the development of sadisticSexual fantasy in both offenders and nonoffenders and may be useful in risk assessment. Expand
Emotional deficits in psychopathy and sexual sadism: implications for violent and sadistic behavior.
TLDR
It is hypothesized that the emotion recognition and emotional experience deficits found among psychopaths, and perhaps present in sexual sadists, may lead to deficits in their ability to empathize with others, resulting in an increased likelihood for perpetrating instrumental violence. Expand
The Role of Fantasy in a Serial Sexual Offender: A Brief Review of the Literature and a Case Report
TLDR
It is suggested that fantasies of sexual aggression, coercion, and dominance of women may stimulate grandiosity and omnipotence and, in a minority of cases, may lead to sexual offending. Expand
Developing an understanding of the role of fantasy and empathy in sexual sadism
The present review examines the published literature that is relevant to developing an understanding of the relationship between the concepts of sexual sadism and fantasy. Relevant articles wereExpand
Theories of deviant sexual fantasy
Deviant sexual fantasies have long been regarded as an important factor in sexual offending, with research showing that they serve multiple functions (e.g., inducing arousal, planning behavior) andExpand
The role of deviant sexual fantasy in the etiopathogenesis of sexual homicide: A systematic review
Much research examining the etiopathogenesis of sexual homicide has focused on the role of deviant sexual fantasy. However, there are fundamental questions as to the nature of the relationshipExpand
Severe Sexual Sadism—An Underdiagnosed Disorder? Evidence from a Sample of Forensic Inpatients
TLDR
It is concluded that severe sexual sadism is likely an underdiagnosed, yet forensically highly relevant disorder. Expand
Table 1 Agreement Among Five Raters in 20 Randomly Chosen Cases on Items of the Sexual Sadism Scale and Clinical Diagnosis
Recurrent and intense sexual fantasies and urges that circle around the infliction of pain or humiliation on another human being may predispose individuals toward acts of sexual aggression againstExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 42 REFERENCES
Sadistic fantasy, sadistic behaviour and offending.
TLDR
Investigation revealed repetitive sadistic masturbatory fantasies which had spilled over into overt behaviour because the patients had felt impelled to seek and create increasingly dangerous in vivo 'try-outs' of their fantasies. Expand
The presumptive role of fantasy in serial sexual homicide.
TLDR
The authors examined the role of fantasy as an internal drive mechanism for repetitive acts of sexual violence in serial sexual murderers to find an intrusive fantasy life manifested in higher prevalences of paraphilias, documented or self-reported violent fantasies, and organized crime scenes in the serial murderers. Expand
Offender and offense characteristics of sexual sadists: a comparative study.
This paper compares the offender and offense characteristics of 30 sexually sadistic criminals studied by Dietz et al. with those of 29 sexually sadistic criminals and 28 nonsadistic sexual offendersExpand
Murder without apparent motive: a study in personality disorganization.
TLDR
A number of common characteristics found in individuals who have committed impulsive senseless murders were: severe weakness of impulse control; blurring of the boundaries between fantasy and reality, with periods of altered states of consciousness; blunted and shallow emotional reactions; and a violent and primitive fantasy life. Expand
Sexual Homicide
The findings from this exploratory study are reported in terms of the descriptive background characteristics of 36 sexual murderers, their behaviors and experiences in connection with theirExpand
The sexually sadistic criminal and his offenses.
This is an uncontrolled, descriptive study of 30 sexually sadistic criminals. All were men, and all intentionally tortured their victims in order to arouse themselves. Their crimes often involvedExpand
Natural born killers?: the development of the sexually sadistic serial killer.
TLDR
Nine clinical cases of 14- to 18-year-olds who have clinically significant fantasies of becoming a serial killer are presented and recommendations are made about assessing and treating a youngster who expresses violent sexually sadistic killing fantasies so that attempts can be made to interrupt the progression to actual killing. Expand
The Sadistic Murderer
TLDR
It is important to distinguish the mtu-derer who kills in a sexual setting, as for example the killing of a taunting, imsatisfied sexual partner or killing to silence a victim of rape, from the true sadistic murderer who alone is considered m this paper, although these can be factors in his case also. Expand
Psychopathology and personality in juvenile sexual homicide offenders.
  • W. Myers, R. Blashfield
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • 1997
TLDR
The findings suggest that juvenile sexual murderers are an emotionally and behaviorally disturbed population with identifiable psychopathology, personality disturbances, and criminal patterns. Expand
Murderers Who Rape and Mutilate
In comparing sexual murderers with a history of sex abuse (n = 12) with murderers without such a history (n = 16), findings that approach a level of significance between early sexual abuse and sexualExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...