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Weapons used by juveniles and adult offenders in sexual homicides: An empirical analysis of 29 years of US data

Author: Heng Choon Chan (Oliver) Affiliation: Department of Criminology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA; Kathleen M Heide Affiliation: Department of Criminology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, v5 n3 (October 2008): 189-208
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Most studies of sexual murderers consist of small samples made up of primarily adult offenders. Accordingly, little is known about similarities and differences between juvenile (under 18) and adult (over 18) sexual murderers. This article is the first to utilise a large sample (n = 3845) that spans almost three decades (1976-2004) of Supplemental Homicide Reports data to analyse juvenile (n = 452) and adult (n =  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Heng Choon Chan (Oliver) Affiliation: Department of Criminology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA; Kathleen M Heide Affiliation: Department of Criminology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
ISSN:1544-4759
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5154202780
Notes: Number of Tables: 9
Number of References: 52
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Most studies of sexual murderers consist of small samples made up of primarily adult offenders. Accordingly, little is known about similarities and differences between juvenile (under 18) and adult (over 18) sexual murderers. This article is the first to utilise a large sample (n = 3845) that spans almost three decades (1976-2004) of Supplemental Homicide Reports data to analyse juvenile (n = 452) and adult (n = 3393) sexual murderers, particularly in terms of weapons used to kill different victim types. This study underscores the importance of analyses of specific types of murderers. In comparison with homicide arrestees, those arrested for sexual murder were more likely to be male, less likely to be black, and about as likely to be under 18. Consistent with previous literature, sexual murderers in this study were more likely to use personal and close contact weapons than firearms and other more distant methods of killing. Several significant differences emerged in weapons selected to kill different victim types between juvenile and adult offenders. Findings with respect to weapon selection by offender age groups are consistent with Heide's physical strength hypothesis. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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