(Received 29 January 1996; accepted 28 March 1996)
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This article explores characteristics and crime scene behavior of 20 sexually sadistic serial murderers. The pairing of character pathology with paraphilic arousal to the control and degradation of others is examined as it manifests itself in their murders. Commonalities across murders and across murderers are highlighted, i.e., the execution of murders that are well-planned, the use of preselected locations, captivity, a variety of painful sexual acts, sexual bondage, intentional torture, and death by means of strangulation and stabbing.
Janet I. Warren, Associate professor of Clinical Psychiatric Medicine, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Park E. Dietz, Clinical professor of Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences, U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, President, Threat Assessment Group, Inc., and President, Park Dietz & Associates, Newport Beach, California
Robert R. Hazelwood, FBI (Retired), Vice-president, The Academy Group, Manassas, Virginia
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