Chan 2013 Offenders

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Authors: Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Autumn M. Frei, and Wade C. Myers

Title: Female Sexual Homicide Offenders

Subtitle: An Analysis of the Offender Racial Profiles in Offending Process

Journal: Forensic Science International

Volume: 233

Issue: 1

Year: December 2013

Pages: 265-272

ISSN: 0379-0738 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1872-6283 – 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

Wade C. Myers, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

Abstract: »Despite the recent effort by Author [1] in studying female sexual homicide offenders (SHOs), much is still unknown about this underresearched offender population. One largely unexplored area is how female SHOs of different races commit their killings. Using FBI Supplemental Homicide Reports (SHR) data (1976-2007), 105 White and 94 Black female SHOs (N = 204) were examined for their differential offending patterns. Most female SHOs, regardless of race, killed victims of the opposite gender (i.e., heterosexual offenses). Most frequently targeted by female SHOs of both races (44% of Whites and 57% of Blacks) were known victims (e.g., friends, acquaintances) who were not intimate partners or family members. Firearms were the most common weapons used by female SHOs (60% of Whites and 48% of Blacks). The second most common weapon type used by Black offenders was an edged weapon (32%), whereas for White offenders it was a personal weapon (17%). Black female SHOs normally perpetrated their offense in large cities (69%), while White female SHOs most often committed their crime in suburban areas (40%). This study underscores importance of considering the offender racial group in female sexual murder investigations. Hence, several implications for offender profiling are offered.« (Source: Forensic Science International)


  1. Introduction (p. 265)
  2. Literature review (p. 266)
    2.1. Racial differences in male sexual homicide offending (p. 266)
  3. The present study (p. 266)
  4. Methods (p. 267)
    4.1. Data and procedure (p. 267)
    4.2. Characteristics of sample subjects and offense circumstance (p. 267)
    4.3. Analytic strategy (p. 267)
  5. Results (p. 267)
    5.1. Victim gender by offender race (p. 267)
    5.2. Victim-offender relationships by offender race (p. 267)
    5.3. Types of murder weapon by offender race (p. 268)
    5.4. Urbanness levels of crime occurrence by offender race (p. 268)
    5.5. Geographical regions of crime occurrence by offender race (p. 269)
  6. Discussion (p. 269)
    6.1. Implications for offender profiling (p. 270)
    6.2. Limitations of data and suggestions for future research (p. 270)
  References (p. 271)

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Added: September 28, 2013 | Last updated: May 10, 2014