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Female sexual homicide offenders: an analysis of the offender racial profiles in offending process.
Forensic Sci Int 2013; 233(1-3):265-72FS

Abstract

Despite the recent effort by Chan and Frei in studying female sexual homicide offenders (SHOs), much is still unknown about this underresearched offender population. One largely unexplored area is how female SHOs of different races commit their killings. Using FBI Supplemental Homicide Reports (SHR) data (1976-2007), 105 White and 94 Black female SHOs (N=204) were examined for their differential offending patterns. Most female SHOs, regardless of race, killed victims of the opposite gender (i.e., heterosexual offenses). Most frequently targeted by female SHOs of both races (44% of Whites and 57% of Blacks) were known victims (e.g., friends, acquaintances) who were not intimate partners or family members. Firearms were the most common weapons used by female SHOs (60% of Whites and 48% of Blacks). The second most common weapon type used by Black offenders was an edged weapon (32%), whereas for White offenders it was a personal weapon (17%). Black female SHOs normally perpetrated their offense in large cities (69%), while White female SHOs most often committed their crime in suburban areas (40%). This study underscores importance of considering the offender racial group in female sexual murder investigations. Hence, several implications for offender profiling are offered.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region. Electronic address: oliverchan.ss@cityu.edu.hk.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24314528

Citation

Chan, Heng Choon Oliver, et al. "Female Sexual Homicide Offenders: an Analysis of the Offender Racial Profiles in Offending Process." Forensic Science International, vol. 233, no. 1-3, 2013, pp. 265-72.
Chan HC, Frei AM, Myers WC. Female sexual homicide offenders: an analysis of the offender racial profiles in offending process. Forensic Sci Int. 2013;233(1-3):265-72.
Chan, H. C., Frei, A. M., & Myers, W. C. (2013). Female sexual homicide offenders: an analysis of the offender racial profiles in offending process. Forensic Science International, 233(1-3), pp. 265-72. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.09.011.
Chan HC, Frei AM, Myers WC. Female Sexual Homicide Offenders: an Analysis of the Offender Racial Profiles in Offending Process. Forensic Sci Int. 2013 Dec 10;233(1-3):265-72. PubMed PMID: 24314528.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Female sexual homicide offenders: an analysis of the offender racial profiles in offending process. AU - Chan,Heng Choon Oliver, AU - Frei,Autumn M, AU - Myers,Wade C, Y1 - 2013/09/16/ PY - 2013/06/04/received PY - 2013/08/14/revised PY - 2013/09/09/accepted PY - 2013/12/10/entrez PY - 2013/12/10/pubmed PY - 2014/9/6/medline KW - Female offender KW - Offending pattern KW - Race KW - Sexual homicide KW - Sexual homicide offender KW - Sexual murderer SP - 265 EP - 72 JF - Forensic science international JO - Forensic Sci. Int. VL - 233 IS - 1-3 N2 - Despite the recent effort by Chan and Frei in studying female sexual homicide offenders (SHOs), much is still unknown about this underresearched offender population. One largely unexplored area is how female SHOs of different races commit their killings. Using FBI Supplemental Homicide Reports (SHR) data (1976-2007), 105 White and 94 Black female SHOs (N=204) were examined for their differential offending patterns. Most female SHOs, regardless of race, killed victims of the opposite gender (i.e., heterosexual offenses). Most frequently targeted by female SHOs of both races (44% of Whites and 57% of Blacks) were known victims (e.g., friends, acquaintances) who were not intimate partners or family members. Firearms were the most common weapons used by female SHOs (60% of Whites and 48% of Blacks). The second most common weapon type used by Black offenders was an edged weapon (32%), whereas for White offenders it was a personal weapon (17%). Black female SHOs normally perpetrated their offense in large cities (69%), while White female SHOs most often committed their crime in suburban areas (40%). This study underscores importance of considering the offender racial group in female sexual murder investigations. Hence, several implications for offender profiling are offered. SN - 1872-6283 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24314528/Female_sexual_homicide_offenders:_an_analysis_of_the_offender_racial_profiles_in_offending_process_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0379-0738(13)00428-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -