Posttraumatic stress disorder in murderers

J Forensic Sci. 1986 Apr;31(2):609-13.


Three case histories of men who suffered posttraumatic stress disorders after committing homicides are presented. These men were relatively young and had chaotic childhoods and minimal criminal histories. Each had killed a woman with whom he had a significant but intensely turbulent emotional relationship. The killings all occurred during altered mental states that were unrelated to the use of drugs or alcohol. The clinical significance and some of the medicolegal implications of this phenomenon are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Dissociative Disorders / psychology
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Insanity Defense
  • Male
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*