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The Sadistic Murderer

The Sadistic Murderer ROBER T P . BRITTAI N • TH E forensic psychiatrist is sometimes asked has been written. Deliberately, no attempt by the police whether he can describe the has been made to quantify the data used nor type of person they should be looking for t o explain in detail the features mentioned. when a major crime has been committed. Th e purpose is to try to give a factual des­ Wha t can be done in this field remains limited cription for practical use, not a theoretical and this must be said clearly at the outset. formulation. Th e question frequently arises in cases of Before trying to describe what such a murder and in particular the sexual murder. murderer wUI be like it is perhaps well to It seemed therefore of value to attempt to give the warning, unnecessary to the experi­ draw such a profile in the specific case of enced, that there should be no unfounded sadistic murderers. The more precise the preconceptions. Such a preconception might description which can be given, the more be to think of him as a large, hulking brute, probabl e becomes their early detection and of low intelligence, with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medicine, Science and the Law SAGE

The Sadistic Murderer

Medicine, Science and the Law , Volume 10 (4): 10 – Oct 1, 1970

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1970 The British Academy of Forensic Sciences
ISSN
0025-8024
eISSN
2042-1818
DOI
10.1177/002580247001000402
pmid
5504796
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Abstract

ROBER T P . BRITTAI N • TH E forensic psychiatrist is sometimes asked has been written. Deliberately, no attempt by the police whether he can describe the has been made to quantify the data used nor type of person they should be looking for t o explain in detail the features mentioned. when a major crime has been committed. Th e purpose is to try to give a factual des­ Wha t can be done in this field remains limited cription for practical use, not a theoretical and this must be said clearly at the outset. formulation. Th e question frequently arises in cases of Before trying to describe what such a murder and in particular the sexual murder. murderer wUI be like it is perhaps well to It seemed therefore of value to attempt to give the warning, unnecessary to the experi­ draw such a profile in the specific case of enced, that there should be no unfounded sadistic murderers. The more precise the preconceptions. Such a preconception might description which can be given, the more be to think of him as a large, hulking brute, probabl e becomes their early detection and of low intelligence, with

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Medicine, Science and the LawSAGE

Published: Oct 1, 1970

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