skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 90725 Find in a Library
Title: Chronique Police
Journal: revne de science criminelle et de droit penal compare  Issue:4  Dated:(October-December 1982)  Pages:821-829
Author(s): J Susini
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 9
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: 'Oedipus Rex,' the tragedy written by Sophocles, depicts the police investigatory process and the transition from the criminal defendant's confession to his active participation in the inquest.
Abstract: The investigatory practice of Sophocles' time is very similar to current practice. The sociological function of the inquest is not only to uncover the immediate truth but to provide a form of social therapy. Sophocles uses the Choir as a kind of popular conscience that increases Oedipus' tension and causes him to experience an internal crisis. Oedipus discovers himself and acknowledges responsibility for his crime simultaneously. Thus, the inquest, and the face-to-face interrogation in particular, liberates the criminal psychologically and stimulates a reorganization of his entire personality. This personality transformation represents an essential aim of the criminal investigation, a fact which clinical criminologists cannot ignore. It is concluded that the criminal confession constitutes an aspect of drama that criminologists must explore. The confession of the recidivist and the professional criminal requires further study.
Index Term(s): Confessions; Interview and interrogation; Investigations; Treatment
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.