The sexually sadistic serial killer

J Forensic Sci. 1996 Nov;41(6):970-4.


This article explores characteristics and crime scene behavior of 20 sexually sadistic serial murderers. The pairing of character pathology with paraphilic arousal to the control and degradation of others is examined as it manifests itself in their murders. Commonalities across murders and across murderers are highlighted, i.e., the execution of murders that are well-planned, the use of preselected locations, captivity, a variety of painful sexual acts, sexual bondage, intentional torture, and death by means of strangulation and stabbing.

MeSH terms

  • Crime Victims
  • Forensic Psychiatry / methods*
  • Homicide / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders / psychology
  • Sadism / psychology*
  • Sex Offenses / psychology
  • White People