Recidivism and concomitant criminality in pathological firesetters.

  title={Recidivism and concomitant criminality in pathological firesetters.},
  author={William Barnett and Piotr Richter and Dieter Sigmund and Marion Spitzer},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  volume={42 5},
The purpose of this study was to explore dangerousness and fire setting recidivism of mentally disordered firesetters in comparison with mentally healthy arsonists. In Germany, all trials are registered centrally by the Federal Central Register. The records of this Register for the three year period from 1983 until 1985 were used in this follow-up study of arsonists to identify three samples of subjects: (1) All persons convicted of arson who have been found not guilty by reasons of insanity (n… CONTINUE READING