Sexual homicide continues to be one of the most widely reported and sensationalised forms of murder, attracting fascination from the public and scholars alike. Despite this continued interest, few empirical studies have been conducted on this particular form of sexual crime. The Sexual Murderer provides an analytical review of the state of knowledge on the sexual murderer and his offense, and presents new data that confronts some of the accepted ideas and myths surrounding this type of homicide.
The authors draw on original data stemming from both offenders and the police to present an exhaustive and accurate picture of the sexual murderer and his offense, and compare the sex offenders who do kill with sex offenders who, despite being very violent, do not. Each chapter includes a section on the practical implications of the findings, and what the findings mean for professionals working with these cases and for the criminal justice system. This book explores themes including the role of fantasies, paraphilias, and personality; criminal career; context of the crime; journey to murder; modus operandi and crime scene; sex trade workers; avoiding detection; body disposal pathways; and whether we can predict sexual homicide occurrence.
This book is a comprehensive resource for academic and professionals involved in sexual homicide cases, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, investigators and profilers, as well as individuals working in the field of sexual violence. This book will also be of interest to students taking courses on homicide, sexual homicide, and serial homicide.
Table of Contents
Foreword (D. Kim Rossmo)
Introduction. Why studying sexual murderers?
1. Can we identify sexual murderers early in life?
2. Fantasy, Paraphillia and Personality: Excitation or Inhibition?
3. Criminal career of the sexual murderer: Versatility or specialization?
4. Is there a specific context leading to sexual homicide?
5. How far sexual murderers travel to commit their crime?
6. Modus operandi and crime scene characteristics: Typical or unusual acts?
7. Sex trade workers: Choice of victim or victim of choice?
8. Can sexual murderers avoid police detection?
9. Can body disposal pathways help the investigation of sexual homicide? (Ashley Hewitt, Eric Beauregard, and Melissa Martineau)
Conclusion. Can we predict sexual homicide?
Eric Beauregard is Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and a member of the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) at Simon Fraser University.
Melissa Martineau is Manager of Behavioural Sciences Research and Development working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
"Brilliant book on the subject, contains up-to-date information on the backgrounds of sexual killers, criminal careers, motivation, victim choice and modus operandi. Hence, this book is essential for anyone in the criminal justice, academics, and students, and is an essential addition to those involved in this area’s bookshelf."
Anthony Beech, Professor in Criminological Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
"The Sexual Murderer is a very timely book and contains up-to-date scientific evidence, which will be an essential reading for those in the sex offender and homicide fields. Professor Beauregard and Ms. Martineau have done a masterful job in explaining each feature of sexual homicide offending in a thoughtful, compelling, and comprehensive manner. This book is a brilliant work that makes the research both accessible and practical, especially for law enforcement who directly (and indirectly) deal with sexual homicide offenders."
Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Assistant Professor of Criminology, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, S.A.R.
"Eric Beauregard and Melissa Martineau have written an accessible yet scientifically rigorous book on sexual murders and murderers. They go beyond sensationalism and "common sense" explanations to clearly describe the developmental, psychological, and situational factors that underlie the processes that culminate in sexual murder. This book is necessary reading for students, researchers, and practitioners who want an excellent overview of the state of current knowledge on sexual murder."
Jean Proulx, Professor, School of Criminology, University of Montreal, Canada, and author of Sexual Murderers: A Comparative Analysis and New Perspectives