Monday, January 18, 2016

Does the Organized Sexual Murderer Better Delay and Avoid Detection?

According to the organized-disorganized model, organized sexual murderers adopt specific behaviors during the commission of their crimes that contribute to avoiding police detection. 

The current study examines the effect of sexual murderers' organized behaviors on their ability to both delay and/or avoid police detection. Using a combination of negative binomial and logistic regression analyses on a sample of 350 sexual murder cases, findings showed that although both measures of delaying and avoiding detection are positively correlated, different behavioral patterns were observed. 

For instance, offenders who moved the victim's body were more likely to avoid detection but the victim's body was likely to be recovered faster. Moreover, victim characteristics have an impact on both measures; however, this effect disappears for the measure of delaying detection once the organized behaviors are introduced. Implications of the findings are discussed.

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  • 1Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  •  2016 Jan;31(1):4-25. doi: 10.1177/0886260514555129. Epub 2014 Oct 29. 

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