Corpus ID: 1011425

Ritual and signature in serial sexual homicide.

@article{Schlesinger2010RitualAS,
  title={Ritual and signature in serial sexual homicide.},
  author={L. Schlesinger and M. Kassen and V. Mesa and Anthony J. Pinizzotto},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law},
  year={2010},
  volume={38 2},
  pages={
          239-46
        }
}
  • L. Schlesinger, M. Kassen, +1 author Anthony J. Pinizzotto
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • Ritual and signature are fantasy-driven, repetitive crime scene behaviors that have been found to occur in serial sexual homicide. Notwithstanding numerous anecdotal case reports, ritual and signature have rarely been studied empirically. In a national sample of 38 offenders and their 162 victims, we examined behavioral and thematic consistency, as well as the evolution and uniqueness of these crime scene actions. The notion that serial sexual murderers engage in the same rituals and leave… CONTINUE READING

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