A Media Violence-Inspired Juvenile Sexual Homicide Offender 13 Years Later

    Volume 48, Issue 6 (November 2003)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 November 2003

    Page Count: 6


    (Received 7 July 2003; accepted 28 June 2003)

    Abstract

    No follow-up studies exist on how minors who commit sexual homicides adjust once released back into the community. This is an important question given the extreme nature of their crimes, lack of recidivism data, and the expectation that one-half of them will be freed from prison by mid-life. Likewise, no studies exist on the role our culture's pervasive media violence plays in these offenses. This report describes a 13year-old boy who committed a witnessed media violence-inspired sexual homicide. Follow-up information is provided on his community adjustment as an adult four years after release from prison. He had multiple indicators of brain dysfunction, and watched a "slasher" film just before committing the blitz style crime upon a female neighbor. Media violence literature is reviewed-against a backdrop of developmental abnormalities, neuropsychiatric vulnerabilities, family dysfunction, and mental illness. This case illustrates how the confluence of such variables, combined with the tinder of erotic screen violence, may lead to sexual murder.


    Paper ID: JFS2002417

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2002417

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    Title A Media Violence-Inspired Juvenile Sexual Homicide Offender 13 Years Later
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