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Title: Psychological Profiling of Sexual Murders: An Empirical Model
Contributor(s): Kocsis, R (author); Cooksey, RW  (author); Irwin, HJ (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1177/030662402236739
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Abstract: Psychological profiling represents the investigative technique of analyzing crime behaviors for the identification of probable offender characteristics. Profiling has progressively been incorporated into police procedures despite a surprising lack of empirical research to support its validity. Indeed, in the study of sexual murder for the purpose of profiling, very few quantitative, academically reviewed studies exist. This article reports on the results of a 4-year study into Australian sexual murders for the development of psychological profiling. The study involved 85 cases of sexual murder sampled from all Australian police jurisdictions. The statistical procedure of multidimensional scaling was employed. This analysis produced a five-cluster model of sexual murder behavior. First, a central cluster of behaviors was identified that represents common behaviors to all patterns of sexual murder. Next, four distinct out-lying patterns - predator, fury, perversion, and rape - were identified that each demonstrated distinct offence styles. Further analysis of these patterns also identified distinct offender characteristics that allow for the use of empirically robust offender profiles in future sexual murder investigations.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 46(5), p. 532-554
Publisher: Sage Publications
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0306-624X
Field of Research (FOR): 111714 Mental Health
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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