(Received 13 March 1978; accepted 3 August 1978)
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There are many reports in the literature of the study of murder and murderers from multiple viewpoints [1–13]. Few of these reports have been based on extensive periods of evaluation. This current paper is a partial report of the study of a man who can be termed a nonspecific mass murderer. His case is one in a series of the study of male mass murderers currently undergoing extensive investigation from multiple viewpoints. All of these cases have in common several elements and they compose a very selective subpopulation of those who murder. All persons selected for study have committed a minimum of 10 and as many as 30 murders over a period of more than five years. Most of the victims were not well known to the murderer. The victims were most often females, ranging in age from ten weeks to approximately 35 years of age. The mode of murder was violent, sexual, and sadistic, often including multiple behaviors such as strangulation, stabbing, and mutilation as well as other destructive actions. The personalities of these men are the focus of study with a major focus on the psychiatric evaluation of developmental processes. The evaluations included psychologic, genetic, and physiologic measures as well as any other areas of exploration deemed to be necessary.
Assistant professor, director of child psychiatry, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill.
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