Journal Published Online: 01 November 1996
Volume 41, Issue 6

The Sexually Sadistic Serial Killer



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.

Author Information

Warren, JI
Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Hazelwood, RR
The Academy Group, Manassas, Virginia
Dietz, PE
Threat Assessment Group, Inc., and President, Park Dietz & Associates, Newport Beach, California
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Stock #: JFS14033J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14033J