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NCJ Number: 64436 Find in a Library
Title: HOMICIDE AND CRIMINAL CAREER - A FIRST PROVISIONAL REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS OF MURDERERS AT TUEBIGEN - WEST GERMANY
Journal: RASSEGNA DI CRIMINOLOGIA  Volume:6  Issue:1-2  Dated:(1975)  Pages:39-45
Author(s): H GOEPPINGER
Corporate Author: Rassegna di Criminologia
Italy
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Rassegna di Criminologia
16132, Genova, Italy
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED AMONG A GROUP OF YOUNG ADULT MALE INMATES, MOST OF WHOM WERE SERVING LIFE SENTENCES FOR MURDER, TO ESTABLISH COMMON TRAITS AMONG THEM AND TO COMPARE THEM TO A CONTROL GROUP OF AVERAGE WEST GERMANS.
Abstract: THE 200 INMATES OF A WEST GERMAN PRISON WERE SURVEYED IN TERMS OF THEIR MOTIVATIONS FOR COMMITTING THE CRIME, PRIOR CONVICTIONS, CRIMINAL CAREERS, AND PERSONAL AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS, IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH IF AND WHICH SIMILARITIES EXIST AMONG PERSONS GUILTY OF MURDER, IRRESPECTIVE OF IDEOLOGICAL AND SOCIOCULTURAL DIFFERENCES. THE GROUP WAS COMPARED WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF YOUNG ADULT GERMAN MAKES IN THE SAME AGE GROUP (20 TO 30 YEARS OF AGE). CLASSIFIED UNDER FIVE CRIME MOTIVATIONS (SEX, FINANCIAL GAIN, VIOLENCE, RESOLUTION OF A PERSONAL CONFLICT, AND NAZI IDEOLOGY), THE GREATEST NUMBER WERE FOUND TO BE SEXUAL OFFENDERS, FOLLOWED BY PROFIT MURDERS, VIOLENT CRIMINALS, THOSE MOTIVATED BY A PERSONAL CONFLICT, AND THE NAZIS. IN TERMS OF PRIOR CONVICTIONS, THE PROPORTION WAS THE SAME AS ABOVE, WITH THE NAZIS SHOWING NO PREVIOUS CRIME HISTORY. IN TERMS OF CONSISTENT PROGRESS TOWARD CRIME, THE PROFIT KILLERS SHOWED THE ONLY LINEAR DEVELOPMENT, WHILE SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND VIOLENT KILLERS HAD NO CONSISTENT CRIMINAL DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS. THOSE MOTIVATED BY A PERSONAL CONFLICT AND THE NAZIS INDICATED THAT THEY HAD 'JUMPED INTO CRIME.' THE MOST STRIKING FACT ELICITED FROM THE COMPARISON WITH THE CONTROL GROUP WAS THE LACK OF CORRELATION BETWEEN MURDER AND COMING FROM A BROKEN HOME. (LGR)
Index Term(s): Crime surveys; Germany; Homicide; Homicide causes; Inmates as research subjects; Interpersonal relations; Motivation; Murder; Personality assessment; Political influences; Professional criminals; Social conditions
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