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Crime scene and demographic information in identification of sexual homicide

A study aimed to look for discernable patterns and victim and perpetrator characteristics that may serve to delineate sexual homicide.

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It is often the case that those convicted of sexual offences find it difficult to discuss their offending and those who have committed a sexual homicide can be particularly reluctant to talk about their criminal behaviour. As a result, forensic practitioners frequently rely on crime scene information to identify any sexual behaviour associated with a homicide.

The study aimed to look for discernable patterns and victim and perpetrator characteristics that may serve to delineate sexual homicide without relying on disclosure from the perpetrators of the crime.

A second aim of the study was to test the hypothesis that the majority of sexual homicide cases can be captured using Ressler, Burgess, and Douglas’s (1988) definition of sexual homicide.