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NCJ Number: 118984 Find in a Library
Title: Catathymic Gynocide (From Sex Murder and Sex Aggression: Phenomenology, Psychopathology, Psychodynamics and Prognosis, P 7-49, 1989, Eugene Revitch and Louis V Schlesinger -- See NCJ-118982)
Author(s): E Revitch; L B Schlesinger
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Twelve case histories are presented and discussed to demonstrate the psychological processes underlying sudden and apparently senseless murders of women, in which the perpetrator experiences a strong emotional impression that overwhelms the consciousness with repressed or suppressed conflicts or complexes of ideas and that disrupts logical thinking and controls.
Abstract: This acute catathymic crisis contrasts with the chronic form, which may last from several months to more than a year, that has three basic stages: incubation, violence, and relief. In the acute form, situational and interactive components are important, but the act cannot be explained without an exploration of the offender's personality structure. The 12 cases include a sudden, unprovoked attack on a pregnant woman in plain daylight in a bus station, an unprovoked stabbing of a store employee by a 15-year-old male who had come to the store to pick up newspapers for delivery, the sudden murder of a 7-year-old girl who had rung the doorbell to sell cookies, and the shooting of a date while riding in her car. The cases show that most sexual assaults are a sexual expression of aggression, that offenses have strong situational elements, and that offenders' mental disorders varied in their manifestations.
Main Term(s): Sex offender profiles
Index Term(s): Gynocide; Homicide; Hostility-crime relationships; Psychosexual behavior
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