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The Sexual Murderer


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Foreword (D. Kim Rossmo)

Introduction. Why studying sexual murderers?

1. Can we identify sexual murderers early in life?

2. Fantasy, Paraphillia and Personality: Excitation or Inhibition?

3. Criminal career of the sexual murderer: Versatility or specialization?

4. Is there a specific context leading to sexual homicide?

5. How far sexual murderers travel to commit their crime?

6. Modus operandi and crime scene characteristics: Typical or unusual acts?

7. Sex trade workers: Choice of victim or victim of choice?

8. Can sexual murderers avoid police detection?

9. Can body disposal pathways help the investigation of sexual homicide? (Ashley Hewitt, Eric Beauregard, and Melissa Martineau)

Conclusion. Can we predict sexual homicide?

About the Author

Eric Beauregard is Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and a member of the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) at Simon Fraser University. Melissa Martineau is Manager of Behavioural Sciences Research and Development working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


"Brilliant book on the subject, contains up-to-date information on the backgrounds of sexual killers, criminal careers, motivation, victim choice and modus operandi. Hence, this book is essential for anyone in the criminal justice, academics, and students, and is an essential addition to those involved in this area's bookshelf."

Anthony Beech, Professor in Criminological Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK "The Sexual Murderer is a very timely book and contains up-to-date scientific evidence, which will be an essential reading for those in the sex offender and homicide fields. Professor Beauregard and Ms. Martineau have done a masterful job in explaining each feature of sexual homicide offending in a thoughtful, compelling, and comprehensive manner. This book is a brilliant work that makes the research both accessible and practical, especially for law enforcement who directly (and indirectly) deal with sexual homicide offenders." Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Assistant Professor of Criminology, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, S.A.R. "Eric Beauregard and Melissa Martineau have written an accessible yet scientifically rigorous book on sexual murders and murderers. They go beyond sensationalism and "common sense" explanations to clearly describe the developmental, psychological, and situational factors that underlie the processes that culminate in sexual murder. This book is necessary reading for students, researchers, and practitioners who want an excellent overview of the state of current knowledge on sexual murder." Jean Proulx, Professor, School of Criminology, University of Montreal, Canada, and author of Sexual Murderers: A Comparative Analysis and New Perspectives

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