Predatory Violence During Mass Murder

    Volume 42, Issue 2 (March 1997)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 4

    Reid Meloy, J
    Associate clinical professor, University of California, San Diego, CA

    (Received 29 April 1996; accepted 19 June 1996)


    A case of mass murder by a 35-year old male is reported. Following a week of separation from his spouse and temporary loss of custody of his son, the subject went to his wife's worksite and murdered her and the store manager, wounded a passerby in a car, and murdered a police officer arriving on the scene. Weapons used were a .32 caliber revolver, a 9-mm pistol, a 7.62-mm assault rifle, and a .50-caliber rifle. The fact pattern of the case is shown to be quite consistent with a predatory mode of aggression—violence that is planned, purposeful, emotionless, and not preceded by autonomic arousal. The forensic importance of considering mode of violence, whether predatory or affective, independently of psychiatric diagnosis, is emphasized.

    Paper ID: JFS14122J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14122J

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    Title Predatory Violence During Mass Murder
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30