Sexual Homicide

  title={Sexual Homicide},
  author={Ann Wolbert Burgess and Carol R. Hartman and Robert K. Ressler and Jack E. Douglas and Arlene Smith McCormack},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={251 - 272}
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 their developmental stages, and the central role of sadistic fantasy and critical cognitive structures that support the act of sexual murder. A five-phase motivational model is presented: (1) ineffective social environment, (2) formative events, (3) critical personal traits and cognitive mapping process, (4… 

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