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NCJ Number: 232518 Find in a Library
Title: Sexually Motivated Child Abduction Murders: Synthesis of the Literature and Case Illustration
Journal: Victims & Offenders  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:January 2009  Pages:58-75
Author(s): Kathleen M. Heide; Eric Beauregard; Wade C. Myers
Date Published: January 2009
Page Count: 18
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents the results of a literature review examining sexually motivated child abduction murders.
Abstract: Sexual murders involving children generate intense media attention and widespread public concern, despite their infrequency. Empirical research on this type of murderer is surprisingly scarce in light of the interest in this topic. Most studies have looked at sexual murderers of adult women, neglecting to look at those who murder children. This article reviews the current research on sexual murderers of children, especially those who abduct their victims. Available literature suggests that sexual murderers of children tend to form a relatively homogeneous group, matching several characteristics of the sadistic offender, and differing from sexual murderers of adult women in several ways. Some sexual murderers of children abduct their victims. These crimes, which are usually committed by strangers, can be extremely difficult to investigate. Following the review and synthesis of the relevant literature, a case study of a man who abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered a child is presented. The article concludes with a discussion of psychological and investigative implications and suggestions for future research on this form of child homicide. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child Abduction; Child fatalities; Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Crimes against children; Criminal investigation; Death investigations; Missing children; Offenders; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders; Sex offense investigations; Victim-offender relationships; Violent offenders
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