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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
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