Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, 23:81

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Body Disposal Patterns of Sexual Murderers: Implications for Offender Profiling

  • Eric BeauregardAffiliated withSchool of Criminology, Simon Fraser University Email author 
  • , Jessica FieldAffiliated withSchool of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

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Offender profiling postulates that crime scene behavior should predict certain offender characteristics. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between offender characteristics, situational factors, and body disposal patterns. Sequential logistic regression analysis on a sample of 85 sexual murderers shows that those who were in a relationship at the time of the crime and who present organized psychological characteristics are more likely to move the victim’s body after the homicide. However, when the victim is older and a conflict with the offender occurred prior to the crime, the body is more likely to be left at the crime scene. Implications for offender profiling are discussed in light of the results.


Body disposal Criminal investigation Offender profiling Sexual homicide