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NCJ Number: 150392 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Differences in Serial Murderers: A Preliminary Analysis
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:383-398
Author(s): B T Keeney; K M Heide
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a sample of 14 female serial murderers to determine to what extent they fit the current profile of male serial murderers in terms of behavior, background, and demographic characteristics.
Abstract: Data were obtained from questionnaires and from primary sources including court transcripts, presentence investigation reports, psychological evaluations, and correctional files. The findings suggested that there may be more differences than similarities between female and male serial murderers, specifically in nine areas: victim damage, victim torture, weapon or method, stalking versus luring behavior, crime scene organization, reasons for the murders, substance abuse history, psychiatric diagnosis, and household composition. Similarities between the groups were found with respect to broken homes, childhood abuse, race, educational level, and occupation. Two unusual findings from this study involved the geographic distribution of the murders and the almost complete lack of mobility of the offenders. 1 note and 39 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Male female offender comparisons; Serial murders; Victims of Crime
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