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Citation

Beauregard E, Martineau M. Int. J. Offender Ther. Comp. Criminol. 2013; 57(12): 1454-1476.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Sage Publications)

DOI

10.1177/0306624X12456682

PMID

22871587

Abstract

Few empirical studies have been conducted that examine the phenomenon of sexual homicide, and among these studies, many have been limited by small sample size. Although interesting and informative, these studies may not be representative of the greater phenomenon of sexual murder and may be subject to sampling bias that could have significant effects on results. The current study aims to provide a descriptive analysis of the largest sample of sexual homicide cases across Canada in the past 62 years. In doing so, the study aims to examine offender and victim characteristics, victim targeting and access, and modus operandi. Findings show that cases of sexual homicide and sexual murderers included in the current study differ in many aspects from the portrait of the sexual murderer and his or her crime depicted in previous studies. The authors' results may prove useful to the police officers responsible for the investigation of these crimes.


Language: en

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