Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 35–59 | Cite as

Crime Scene and Distance Correlates of Serial Rape

  • Janet Warren
  • Roland Reboussin
  • Robert R. Hazelwood
  • Andrea Cummings
  • Natalie Gibbs
  • Susan Trumbetta


This study, derived from a sample of 108 serial rapists (rapes=565), examines the relationship between demographic, crime scene, and criminal history variables and the distance traveled by serial rapists in order to offend. The pattern of offenses perpetrated by each of the 108 serial offenders as it relates to his place of residence is also analyzed in terms of known characteristics of the offender and his offenses. The theoretical focus of the study integrates premises derived from criminal investigative analysis, environmental criminology, ethnographic geography, journey to crime research, and criminal geographic targeting to explore the cognitive symmetry between the “how” and the “where” of serial sexual offenses. These components or dimensions of serial crime are explored in an attempt to aid law enforcement in their investigation of hard-to-solve serial crimes.

serial rape journey to crime crime scene analysis criminal investigative analysis spatial analysis of crime environmental criminology criminal geographic targeting geographic profiling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet Warren
    • 1
  • Roland Reboussin
    • 2
  • Robert R. Hazelwood
    • 3
  • Andrea Cummings
    • 4
  • Natalie Gibbs
    • 5
  • Susan Trumbetta
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public PolicyBlue Ridge Hospital, University of VirginiaCharlottesville
  2. 2.Behavioral Science Unit (Retired)FBI AcademyQuantico
  3. 3.The Academy GroupManassas
  4. 4.Weil, Gotshal & MangesDallas
  5. 5.Department of MedicineUniversity of North CarolinaChapel Hill
  6. 6.Department of PsychiatryDartmouth Medical SchoolConcord

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