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Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  767 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Who are the men committing the rising number of serial homicides in the U.S. -- and why do they kill? The increase in these violent crimes over the past decade has created an urgent need for more and better information about these men: their crime scene patterns, violent acts, and above all, their motivations for committing these shocking and repetitive murders.

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Published (first published 1993)
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Petra-X
Rape: defences. If you find this useful, please pass along the author's summary for trying to successfully defend yourself against rape. (The long version is in spoilers).

"The following discussion is an attempt to provide an overview of possible strategies for resisting rape. The observations and conclusions derive from our joint clinical experience, including extensive contact with victims and offenders as well as the detailed evaluation of more than three hundred offender files. This
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Mizuki
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This whole thing reads like textbook...

Huhh.......if you were doing a paper on serial killers or if you were a cop in training, I think this book is really helpful. But as for entertainment value, this book almost has none.
Zach Fortier
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have used this as a reference for many cases I worked and to educate others. Ressler wrote the book on serial killers and understanding patterns. This book is a must in your library if you are a cop or want to be a cop, or perhaps just want to understand what is really going on at crime scenes and not watch police procedural cop shows that are no where near reality. I Highly recommend all of Resslers works
Rachel
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My morbid infatuation with true crime and criminology has always been driven by a few key questions: who, how, and why. I have a few stand outs: intriguing individuals about whom I devour everything that I can find. I do not know what I am looking for, but I will know it when I see it. This book went a long way to sate my curiosity.

My first pleasant surprise was to find that the work is a novel length research article: perhaps my favorite nonfiction format. My first disappointment was to find
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Monzy S
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Ressler is my idol, he is a pioneer in behavioral analysis and criminal profiling and a very intelligent, fascinating man, great writer as well. The book is so interesting and educational!
Trystan Rodden
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked American Psycho 2
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A compilation of multi-authored journal articles from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and other sources, discussing various facets of sexual homicide and tracking the statistical results of a thirty-six person offender interview study. The book is intended for law enforcement officers and legal professionals, and the topics range from offender characteristics to crime classifications to post-offense behavior to recommended interview techniques, the role of the sketch artist in an investigation, ...more
Katherine Addison
Back in the mid 80s, Robert Ressler and John Douglas started going around to prisons and interviewing convicted serial killers about what they'd done and why they'd done it. This is the fruit of that labor. It is at this point a historical artifact--behavioral profiling has, of course, gotten more nuanced and sophisticated than it was when it was being invented essentially from scratch. It is also a textbook, rather than a popular book (both Ressler and Douglas have written about the experience ...more
Betsy Ashton
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for research, because I write about serial killers. I don't write about sexual killers, so I didn't know much about what makes them tick. This book lays out motives, psychological behavior, etc. of a series of rapists who murdered their victims. All of the killers were in prison and agreed to participate in the study.

The book is well written and well researched. It is dated, however, because it was printed in 1992. Thus, the crime scene investigation techniques, reliance on DNA
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James
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime readers and writers
Sexual Homicide: Paterns and Motives is an excellent source for any investigator or person in need of information on processes of the killers mind. The book looks at the psychology of the offenders as well as the physical aspects identifying different types of offenders.
If you use or like this book Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crimes is a must have as well.
Daphne Stewart
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Informative

Even though this book is over 20 years old it is very accurate and informative. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in true crime or who works in the field.
Sue
I read this book for a criminal investigative analysis class. Very interesting.
Dan Denney
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Excellent information, reads like a textbook

This was filled with great information from a series of well-researched papers and the studies directly of criminals. If you're after a factual breakdown of sexual homicide, this is it. Rightfully so, it reads like a textbook so I would rate it 4 or 5 as reference material, but 3 as a general read.
Alex
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and interesting, but it is dry as a bone. This is more or less a report-cum-essay; it’s not meant to be enjoyable.

A must-read for those interested in where the BSU/ISU/BAU developed their knowledge, and the commonalities and development of violent sexual offenders. But don’t expect to be entertained.
David
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chişereu Claudiu
Insightful analysis of the innards of convicted serial killers.
Bec
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: macabre
It was good but more of a textbook than a sit down and read it type of book, I also found I knew a lot of the information already from reading a lot of other true crime
C.E. Case
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seminal work for sure. Dry, but fascinating. Includes chapters on victimology and how to protect yourself against rape.
Nat
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
While the authors have done much for the field, they aren't without their professional faults, which includes their research. I'm left wondering what happened to the journal article that was submitted based on this book, after it was rejected by the reviewers?
Chalcedony Wyllie
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was quite good. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read about the true works behind shows such as Criminal Minds or Stalker
Johann Manstein
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the real meat of some of the homicide studies
Liz
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was very insightful and informative.
Christine Marie
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one to keep on the shelf for any professional in forensic psych work.
Russ
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the early definitive books on sexual homicide patterns and the begining of FBI profiling methods in linking serial crimes.
Mark
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great research tool for novelists - I will buy this
Lee Howard
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Because it's research-heavy, this was a bit dry. And the subject matter is disturbing. But it was fascinating and helpful to me in writing about a protagonist who's a killer.
Jess Funk
couldn't put it down both times I read it!
Tiffany
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a project when I was in school for my bachelors and I must tell you it makes you think. I mean I know the world has sick people but this book makes it very clear.
Sidran
Jan 17, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i've had this book forever and pick it up every so often.
Mark
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great reference book for authors writng crime fiction
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Robert Kenneth Ressler was an FBI agent and author. He played a significant role in the psychological profiling of violent offenders in the 1970s and is often credited with coining the term "serial killer."
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