1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies

    664 Pages
    by Routledge

    664 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides the first systematic overview of the theoretical, empirical, clinical, and police issues related to sexual murderers and murder. Bringing together leading researchers, theoreticians, and practitioners from across eight different countries, this is a truly international collaboration and an essential reference text for students, researchers, and professionals interested in sexual homicide, as well as an exhaustive source of guidelines for the assessment and treatment of sexual murderers. This book is divided into five parts:

    • Part I, Theories and research, presents a detailed review of theoretical models and empirical studies of sexual homicide.

    • Part II, Sexual sadism, discusses theoretical, empirical, and clinical considerations and reviews the literature on the characteristics of sadistic sexual aggressors.

    • Part III, Clinical issues, discusses the assessment and management of sexual murderers at each phase of the judicial process: at trial, during incarceration, and during follow-up in the community.

    • Part IV, Policing issues, discusses research and practical issues related to police activities surrounding a sexual murder. Topics include investigation, offender and geographical profiling, behavioural linkage, and police interrogation of the murderers.

    • Part V, New directions, presents new directions for the study of sexual homicide and discusses the limits of current knowledge related to sexual murderers and their crimes.

    Offering a broad and comprehensive approach, this Handbook is an indispensable source of information on theory, research, clinical assessment, treatment, and police issues related to sexual murderers and murder.


    Jean Proulx is a Professor in, and the Director of, the School of Criminology and Researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal, Canada, and a Researcher and Forensic Psychologist at the Phillippe-Pinel Institute of Montreal.

    Eric Beauregard is a Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

    Adam J. Carter is a Forensic Psychologist and Head of Offence Specialism for Extremism and Gang Affiliated Offending, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, UK.

    Andreas Mokros is Chair of Personality Psychology, Assessment, and Consulting in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany.

    Rajan Darjee is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology and Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), Australia.

    Jonathan James is a Clinical Psychologist and a Doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology, University of Montreal, Canada.

    "This book is a major contribution, long overdue, to the field of sexual homicide. The editors have assembled a remarkable multidisciplinary team of international experts who provide substantive insight based on empirical research as well as clinical experience. The Handbook should be on the shelf of every researcher, clinician, investigator, student, and other professionals interested in this topic."

    - Louis B. Schlesinger, PhD, Professor of Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    "Sexual homicide is the clinical nexus between the life and death instincts. As Shakespeare once wrote, 'One sin, I know, another doth provoke; murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke.' The editors of the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies have composed a masterpiece of scholarship concerning this dark and disturbing human behavior."

    - J. Reid Meloy, PhD, Forensic Psychologist and author of The Psychopathic Mind

    "The editors and authors of the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies have significantly advanced our understanding of sexual murderers and their victims whether they be children, adolescent, adult, or elderly. This impressive volume takes an international view and includes something for everyone whose work intersects with the crime of sexual homicide whether they be students, educators, researchers, clinicians, attorneys, law enforcement, or criminologists. The text is a major contribution of the criminology history of sexual homicide and blends research with the reality of clinical assessment, legal outcomes and management in prison and beyond. It offers fresh insights and analysis of the murderers, their victims, their motives, and backgrounds. It is a must-read handbook."

    - Ann W. Burgess, RN, DNSc., Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

    "Sexual homicide