Journal Published Online: 01 July 1986
Volume 31, Issue 3

A Diagnostic Study of the Criminal Alias



The author found that 64 (30.9%) of 207 incarcerated male offenders had been officially recognized as having changed their names at some time. The most common ways in which their names were modified included changing the middle name or initial, changing the spelling of one name, or completely changing all three names. These alias users were older property offenders who had more prior arrests, less education, more tattoos, more prior psychiatric contact, and were more often alcoholics than alias nonusers. While these findings are consistent with intentional deception, they also suggest that criminal alias users may have a pathological self concept.

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Harry, B
University of Missouri—Columbia, Columbia, MO
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Stock #: JFS11111J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS11111J