Chan 2013 Homicide

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Authors: Heng Choon (Oliver) Chang and Autumn Frei

Title: Female Sexual Homicide Offenders

Subtitle: An Examination of an Underresearched Offender Population

Journal: Homicide Studies

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Year: February 2013

Pages: 96-118

ISSN: 1088-7679 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-6720 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | U.S. History | Offenders: Women; Types: Lust Murder; Victims: Homicide

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Heng Choon Oliver Chan, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong

Autumn Frei, Department of Criminology, University of South Florida

Abstract: »Limited information exists regarding the criminal phenomenon of female sexual homicide. Using FBI’s Supplemental Homicide Report (SHR) data spanning 32 years (1976-2007), 204 female sexual homicide offender cases (27 juveniles and 177 adult offenders) were examined. The offender and victim racial distributions were relatively equal. Similar to their male counterparts, female sexual murderers were more likely to target victims from the opposite gender, 75% of their victims were males. The majority of female sexual homicide offenders’ (SHO) victims were adults (78%) and someone with whom they shared a relationship (81%). Findings show that female SHOs killed intra-racially. Unlike most male sexual murderers, female offenders predominantly used firearms in their sex killings. The choice of murder weapon was primarily determined by the victim gender and age based on the differential of offender-victim physical strength. Interestingly, no intimate partner was murdered using personal weapons for two possibilities: physical strength differential and perhaps to avoid personalization of the killing process. Limitations of the data and future research directions are discussed.« (Source: Homicide Studies)


  Literature Review (p. 98)
    Female Sexual Offending (p. 98)
    Female Perpetrated Homicide (p. 99)
  Need for Present Study (p. 101)
  Method (p. 101)
    Characteristics of Sample Subjects (p. 103)
  Results (p. 103)
    Victim-Offender Racial Relationships (p. 106)
    Types of Murder Weapons by Victim Gender (p. 106)
    Types of Murder Weapons by Victim Age (p. 107)
    Types of Murder Weapons by Victim-Offender Relationships (p. 108)
  Discussion and Implications of Findings (p. 108)
  Limitations of Data and Future Research Directions (p. 111)
  Declaration of Conflicting Interests (p. 112)
  Funding (p. 112)
  Note (p. 112)
  References (p. 112)
  Bios (p. 118)

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