The Sadistic Murderer

  title={The Sadistic Murderer},
  author={Robert P. Brittain},
  journal={Medicine, Science and the Law},
  pages={198 - 207}
  • R. Brittain
  • Published 1 October 1970
  • Psychology
  • Medicine, Science and the Law
T H E forensic psychiatrist is sometimes asked by the police whether he can describe the type of person they should be looking for when a major crime has been committed. What can be done in this field remains limited and this must be said clearly at the outset. The question frequently arises in cases of murder and in particular the sexual murder. It seemed therefore of value to attempt to draw such a profile in the specific case of sadistic murderers. The more precise the description which can… 

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