Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives

Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives

by Robert K. Ressler

The increase in these violent crimes over the past decade has created an urgent need for more and better information about these men: their crime scene patterns, violent acts, and above all, their motivations for committing these shocking and repetitive murders.This authoritative book represents the data, findings, and implications of a long-term F.B.I.-sponsored study of serial sex killers.

Specially trained F.B.I. agents examined thirty-six convicted, incarcerated sexual murderers to build a valuable new bank of information which reveals the world of the serial sexual killer in both quantitative and qualitative detail.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Crime
  • Rating: 4.13
  • Pages: 256
  • Publish Date: June 1st 1995 by Free Press
  • Isbn10: 0028740637
  • Isbn13: 9780028740638

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Immediately take the offensive and attack the assaulter with moderate physical aggression (hit, kick, punch, etc.). Use extreme aggression, and take any action within your means (kick, punch, bite, strike with rock, etc.) to incapacitate the assaulter and avoid rape or mortal physical injury. (view spoiler) Analysis of the various strategies defined in the literature, combined with our clinical experience with both convicted offenders and rape victims, allows us to define a typology of response strategies as follows: escape, verbally confrontative resistance, physically confrontative resistance, nonconfrontative verbal response, nonconfrontative physical resistance, and acquiescence. These verbal responses are strictly confrontative and are intended to convey the message at the outset of the assault that the victim will not acquiesce. These responses are dictated by many critical situational factors, such as the location of the assault, the presence of a weapon, the likelihood of help, the Once it has been demonstrated that the rapist will likely use whatever force necessary to gain victim compliance, confrontative physical resistance would be unwise unless the victim is confident that it will work. It may not avoid the rape, but it might decrease the amount of physical injury that could result from the assault as well as give the victim time to assess options and set the stage for possible escape. If the assailant remains after verbal confrontation, has no weapon, and responds with threats or retorts, the victim should immediately resist physically by punching, hitting, kicking. If the attacker responds to victim physical confrontation with increased anger and/or violence, the victim should cease physical resistance. If he responds by immediately ceasing his aggressive/violent behavior and is willing to engage the victim in conversation, he is also likely to be an exploitative rapist and the victim should use verbal strategies. If the attacker continues to escalate aggression/violence, the victim should attempt to begin verbal dissuasive techniques. If verbal dissuasion is unsuccessful and the violence continues in spite of the victims attempts, the victim again must do anything to get out of the situation. If verbal dissuasion is successful and the violence seems to diminish, those same responses should be continued, with specific statements tailored to what the rapist is saying. If the victim determines that the individual is a sadist, she should use extreme violent confrontation and do whatever possible to escape.

The work illustrates the development (up to adulthood) of sexually motivated serial murderers, then proceeds to explain how these factors correlate to their crimes, including preceding events and post disposal behaviors. The authors increase the book's accessibility with their inclusion of flow charts that convey cycles of behavior and life events that escalate, justify, and reinforce the perpetrator's belief that their acts are admissible. In summation: Seek this work out if you want to know who, why, and how; if you do not require a book to be sensational from cover to cover; and if you are not satisfied by the answers that true crime books provide.

A compilation of multi-authored journal articles from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and other sources, discussing various facets of sexual homicide and tracking the statistical results of a thirty-six person offender interview study. The book is intended for law enforcement officers and legal professionals, and the topics range from offender characteristics to crime classifications to post-offense behavior to recommended interview techniques, the role of the sketch artist in an investigation, and possible outcomes for secondary victims (family and friends). A very general sort of book, with a lot of good information but not a terrible amount of depth.

I bought this for research, because I write about serial killers. If you aren't a writer or a researcher hooked on serial killers, this book isn't for you.