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NCJ Number: 141012 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Humiliation and Embarrassment in Serial Murder
Author(s): R Hale
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 21
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research focuses on the intrinsic motives of the serial murderer by using a social-psychological approach toward explaining this type of violent crime.
Abstract: Using case histories and accounts provided by serial killers, the analysis reveals that serial murder is often a crime of passion involving the release of repressed emotions. In the mind of the serial killer, the victim serves to bring back memories of someone who embarrassed the killer earlier in life. The killer transfers feelings of humiliation into rage and onto the victim in an attempt to remove the memory of the humiliation. However, because the killer is not removing the actual target, the killer receives no release from the memory. Thus, the killings must continue. 19 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Homicide causes; Serial murders
Index Term(s): Murderers; Offender profiles
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