Volume 47, Issue 2 (March 2002)

    Spousal Homicide and the Subsequent Staging of a Sexual Homicide at a Distant Location

    (Received 24 August 2001; accepted 20 August 2001)

    Published Online: March

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The case of a 63-year-old man who killed his 52-year-old wife and then staged a sexual homicide at a distant location is reported. A review of all evidence, a forensic psychological interview, and psychological testing indicated that the murder was the result of a narcissistic rage reaction during which the subject beat his wife to death with a paint can, a clothing iron, and a rock. He then drove her body to a field 87.3 miles away, and positioned it in a manner that exposed her breasts and her underwear. He turned himself into the police two days later. There is no controlled empirical research on staging, although this single case supports the criminal investigative theory that staging exists, and is done to deliberately mislead homicide investigations (Douglas et al., 1992).


    Author Information:

    Meloy, JR
    University of California, San Diego,


    Stock #: JFS15266J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15266J

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    Title Spousal Homicide and the Subsequent Staging of a Sexual Homicide at a Distant Location
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30