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NCJ Number: 168565 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide Linked to Moderate Repetitive Stresses Kindling Limbic Seizures in Fourteen Cases of Limbic Psychotic Trigger Reaction ..JCIT: Aggression and Violent Behavior, V 2, N 2 (Summer 1997), P 125-141
Author(s): A A Pontius
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 17
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Fourteen white men convicted of homicide or attempted homicide were assessed to determine whether they met criteria for Limbic Psychotic Trigger Reaction (LPTR) as an explanation for their homicidal behavior.
Abstract: The 14 men were given a psychiatric examination within maximum-security settings. None had a prior history of severe violence. All were physically healthy; their laboratory findings and routine neurological examinations were within normal limits. Their ages ranged from 18 years to 40 years (mean age 24 years). All were social loners. Their socioeconomic backgrounds ranged from lower to upper levels. Their prior mental status covered the entire range from pre-existing schizophrenia to no prior mental health problems. In all 14 cases a specific pattern of 16 interrelated criteria was consistently found. The symptomatology could not be reasonably explained or categorized by any of the traditional diagnoses. The criteria conformed exclusively to the recently proposed pattern of LPTR. This article discusses the sequence of events linked with LPTR phases of partial seizures, the heuristic implications of memory revival, limbic system factors, and neuro-evolutionary factors in homicide. Also addressed are counter-intuitive aspects of LPTR for evaluators' consideration, forensic aspects of LPTR, and preventive or remedial aspects. 3 tables, 63 references, and an appended case illustration
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Homicide causes; Psychological influences on crime
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