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Finnish sexual homicides: offence and offender characteristics.
Forensic Sci Int. 2009 Jul 01; 188(1-3):125-30.FS

Abstract

Information on sexual homicide offenders is limited. The current study estimates the rate of sexual homicides in Finland and analyses sociodemographic characteristics, crime history, life course development, psychopathy, and psychopathology in sexual homicide and nonsexual homicide offenders. Crime reports and forensic examination reports of all offenders subjected to forensic examination and convicted for homicide in 1995-2004 (n=676) were retrospectively analyzed for offence and offender variables and scored with the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised. Eighteen sexual homicides (2.8%) were identified. Co-offending, strangulation and disposal of the body were more frequent crime scene variables in sexual than nonsexual homicides. Mental health problems and sexual abuse in childhood and sexual crime history were significantly more frequent in sexual than nonsexual homicide offenders. Over half of the sexual homicide offenders were psychopathic: compared to nonsexual homicide offenders they scored significantly higher on interpersonal and affective features of psychopathy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Forensic Laboratory National Bureau of Investigation, PO Box 285, 01301 Vantaa, Finland. helina.hakkanen@helsinki.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19403249

Citation

Häkkänen-Nyholm, Helinä, et al. "Finnish Sexual Homicides: Offence and Offender Characteristics." Forensic Science International, vol. 188, no. 1-3, 2009, pp. 125-30.
Häkkänen-Nyholm H, Repo-Tiihonen E, Lindberg N, et al. Finnish sexual homicides: offence and offender characteristics. Forensic Sci Int. 2009;188(1-3):125-30.
Häkkänen-Nyholm, H., Repo-Tiihonen, E., Lindberg, N., Salenius, S., & Weizmann-Henelius, G. (2009). Finnish sexual homicides: offence and offender characteristics. Forensic Science International, 188(1-3), 125-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2009.03.030
Häkkänen-Nyholm H, et al. Finnish Sexual Homicides: Offence and Offender Characteristics. Forensic Sci Int. 2009 Jul 1;188(1-3):125-30. PubMed PMID: 19403249.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Finnish sexual homicides: offence and offender characteristics. AU - Häkkänen-Nyholm,Helinä, AU - Repo-Tiihonen,Eila, AU - Lindberg,Nina, AU - Salenius,Stephan, AU - Weizmann-Henelius,Ghitta, Y1 - 2009/04/28/ PY - 2008/09/19/received PY - 2009/02/13/revised PY - 2009/03/31/accepted PY - 2009/5/1/entrez PY - 2009/5/1/pubmed PY - 2009/10/14/medline SP - 125 EP - 30 JF - Forensic science international JO - Forensic Sci. Int. VL - 188 IS - 1-3 N2 - Information on sexual homicide offenders is limited. The current study estimates the rate of sexual homicides in Finland and analyses sociodemographic characteristics, crime history, life course development, psychopathy, and psychopathology in sexual homicide and nonsexual homicide offenders. Crime reports and forensic examination reports of all offenders subjected to forensic examination and convicted for homicide in 1995-2004 (n=676) were retrospectively analyzed for offence and offender variables and scored with the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised. Eighteen sexual homicides (2.8%) were identified. Co-offending, strangulation and disposal of the body were more frequent crime scene variables in sexual than nonsexual homicides. Mental health problems and sexual abuse in childhood and sexual crime history were significantly more frequent in sexual than nonsexual homicide offenders. Over half of the sexual homicide offenders were psychopathic: compared to nonsexual homicide offenders they scored significantly higher on interpersonal and affective features of psychopathy. SN - 1872-6283 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19403249/Finnish_sexual_homicides:_offence_and_offender_characteristics_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0379-0738(09)00148-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -