Classifying homicide offenders and predicting their characteristics from crime scene behavior.

  title={Classifying homicide offenders and predicting their characteristics from crime scene behavior.},
  author={Pekka Santtila and Helin{\"a} H{\"a}kk{\"a}nen and David Canter and Thomas Elfgren},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of psychology},
  volume={44 2},
A theoretical distinction between instrumental and expressive aggression was used in analyzing offender characteristics and their associations with crime scene actions in Finnish homicides. Twenty-one variables reflecting the offenders' criminal activity, previous relationships with intimates and victims, and general social and psychological adjustment were derived from files of single-offender/single-victim homicides occurring between 1980 and 1994 (n = 502). Additionally, three variables… Expand
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