Sexual Fatalities: Behavioral Reconstruction in Equivocal Cases

    Volume 27, Issue 4 (October 1982)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 October 1982

    Page Count: 11

    Burgess, AW
    professor, Boston University School of Nursing, Boston, MA

    Dietz, PE
    Assoeiate professor of law, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville,

    Hazelwood, RR
    Supervisory special agent and instructor, Behavioral Science Unit, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA

    (Received 1 March 1982; accepted 17 March 1982)


    A few sexual fatalities show ambiguous or conflicting evidence of manner of death or, in cases involving partners, of the partner's intent. In such equivocal cases, postmortem behavioral analysis and reconstruction aid in understanding what happened and provide an explanable basis for expert judgment and opinion, even though some eases can never be resolved with certainty. Behavioral analysis and reconstruction are enhanced by experience with related cases that have been solved, detailed investigation of the death scene and other relevant settings, and interviews with survivors.

    Paper ID: JFS12191J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12191J

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    Title Sexual Fatalities: Behavioral Reconstruction in Equivocal Cases
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30