The most scary and dangerous of all killers are often the most easy to profile.

There are four types of sexual murderers: Sadistic, Angry, Witness Elimination and ‘Others’. This article will cover the first two categories.

The Sadistic Sexual Murderer

The sadistic sexual murderer presents distinct characteristics that differentiates him from the angry sexual murderer.

For example, the sadistic murderer will be highly intelligent with past secondary education. Hi prefers jobs that place him in contact with death or authority figures. His lack of empathy makes him highly psychopathic and antisocial, narcissistic with schizoid or obsessive compulsive personality disorders.

During childhood, the sadist experienced enuresis (inability to control urination), cruelty towards animals and a history of fire setting and…

The reality behind the Media portrayal of serial killers.

1. All psychopaths are serial killers

Not all psychopaths are serial killers just like not all serial killers are psychopaths. Psychopathy is astonishingly common as mental disorders go. It is twice as common as schizophrenia, anorexia, bipolar disorder, and paranoia, and roughly as common as bulimia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and narcissism. Indeed, the only mental disorders significantly more common than psychopathy are those related to drug and alcohol abuse or dependence, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Conservative estimates suggest there are 30 million psychopaths in the world, around 1in 200 of us.

Up to 35% of the prison population are psychopaths but, contrary to…

Philosophical Justifications of Punishment in the Criminal Justice System

‘’Punishment is the infliction of some kind of pain or loss upon a person for a misdeed (i.e., the transgression of a law or command). Punishment may take forms ranging from capital punishment, flogging, forced labour, and mutilation of the body to imprisonment and fines.’’ (Zedner, 2004)

For centuries punishment has been debated by philosophers, lawyers, and political leaders. They have developed various theories and philosophies of punishment, each of them trying to state the proper objectives and justify the practice of punishment in some form (Hudson, 2003).

The modern theories of punishment started in the eighteenth century as a…

The origins of modern bureaucracy are set in the work of the sociologist Max Weber. Weber’s process of bureaucracy is based on his wider theory of rationalisation. He described how the modern western societies were dominated by an increased rationality, based on efficiency, predictability, calculability, and control (non-human technologies) (Weber, 197 8). The rationalisation model for Weber was the bureaucracy, whereas for Ritzer (2004) was the paradigm of the fast-food restaurant, McDonalds. Thus, McDonaldisation is a reconceptualization of Weber’s theory of rationalisation. …

Improving the genetic composition of the Human Race



the study of how to arrange reproduction within a human population to increase the occurrence of heritable characteristics regarded as desirable. Developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century, especially after the adoption of its doctrines by the Nazis in order to justify their treatment of Jews, disabled people, and other minority groups.’’ Definition from Oxford Languages

The eugenic movement had at heart the improvement of the genetic composition of the…

The birth of Criminal Profiling

In 1956, New York Police has reached a desperate point in their long pursue of the Mad Bomber. Between 1940 and 1956, New York has been terrorised by a number of 30 bombings in various public locations. In their investigation, Police managed to reach dead-ends and the hopes of catching the person responsible were crushed in front of their eyes. Desperation led the police department to pursue a path they had never considered in their 111 years of existence.

James A. Brussel was an American Psychiatrist working for the New York Department of Mental Hygiene. Detectives contacted Brussel in an…

Does being involved in acts of criminality negate an individual’s status as a ‘deserving’ victim?

Traditionally, criminologists and the criminal justice system have considered offenders and victims as two distinct groups, completely different from each other. This assumption was based on the considerable body of evidence that suggests that victims and offenders are very much different from each other (Broidy et al. 2006).

Norwegian criminologist, Nils Christie (1986) attempted to present an idealised picture of the victim, a stereotype created to present the ideal-victim and its attributes. The ideal victim is considered to be separate and different from the offender…

The symbolic functions and representations of the police are equally, if not more important than their direct instrumental effectiveness in preventing and managing crimes and disorder. The authority and position of the police as an entity symbolising order and national unity faced fundamental threatening by the birth of neo-liberal political economy and the post modernity which has consequently led to pluralism, segmentation and inequality (Hall et al. 2008). Consumerism, the ‘pleasure principle’ and narcissism replaced the puritan view of life and the discipline that were the cultural base of modern industrialisation (Pountain and Robins, 2000).

Post modernity was construed on…

There are various types of stalking and it is motivated by a number of different factors. An estimated 16% of women and 7% of men are the victims of stalking during their lifetime.

Stalking frequently arises out of intimate relationships and often involves individuals previously close to the victim, but not in all cases.

Sheridan and Davies (2011) define Stalking as:

‘A form of predatory behaviour that is characterised by repeated patterns of harassment of a particular individual which may frighten the victim or worse.’

Moreover, Meloy and Gothard define stalking, or as they prefer to call it, obsessional following:

It is clear that blaming uncontrolled, intense sexual lust as a cause for rape is too simplistic. Evidence suggests that sexual deprivation is not an essential component for rape (Howitt, 1991 a). Moreover, in many rape cases, there is violence involved. According to Loyd and Walmsley (1989), rape cases in the UK are typically accompanied by violence. One victim in eight requires hospital care post victimisation. Thus, the motives behind rape are far more complex than the classic libidinous needs alone.

Offender profiler, Hazelwood (1987) suggested that rape can manifest in a variety of forms and the following types of…

Bianca S. Joniova

Criminology & Psychology Student. Academic & Creative Writer.

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