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The Sexually Sadistic Criminal and His Offences

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This is an uncontrolled, descriptive study of 30 sexually sadistic criminals. All were men, and all intentionally tortured their victims in order to arouse themselves. Their crimes often involved careful planning, the selection of strangers as victims, approaching the victim under a pretext, participation of a partner, beating victims, restraining victims and holding them captive, sexual bondage, anal rape, forced fellatio, vaginal rape, foreign object penetration, telling victims to speak particular words in a degrading manner, murder or serial killings (most often by strangulation), concealing victims' corpses, recording offenses, and keeping personal items belonging to victims.
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... Les fantaisies érotiques, communément appelées fantaisies sexuelles, sont définies comme des représentations mentales (ex. : pensées, images, dialogues internes) ayant la capacité de susciter un état d'excitation sexuelle (Leitenberg et Henning, 1995 (Beauregard et al., 2004;Beauregard et Proulx, 2002;Briken, Habermann, Kafka et al. 2006;Brittain, 1970;Chopin et Beauregard, 2020;Dietz et al., 1990;Groth et Birnbaum, 1979;Groth et al., 1977;Hazelwood et al., 1992;Karpman, 1954;Koch, Berner, Hill, et Briken, 2011;MacCulloch et al., 1983;Marshall et Hucker, 2006;Marshall et Kennedy, 2003;Nitschke et al., 2013;Prentky et al., 1989;Ressler et al., 1986;Warren et al., 1996). Certains chercheurs (Brittain, 1970;Dietz et al., 1990;MacCulloch et al., 1983; Ces dernières décennies, la majorité des chercheurs (Abel, 1989;Abel et Osborn, 1992;Beauregard, 2016;Brittain, 1970;Chopin et Beauregard, 2020;Dietz et al., 1990;Eulenberg, 1911;Gebhard et al., 1965;Gratzer et Bradford, 1995;Groth et Birnbaum, 1979;Groth et al., 1977;Kirsh et Becker, 2007;Knight et Prentky, 1990;MacCulloch et al., 1983;Porter, Wood, Worth, Earle, Drugge, et Boer, 2003;Proulx et Beauregard, 2009;Rada, 1978;Ressler et Burgess, 1985;Schrenck-Notzing et Chaddock, 1985;Stefanska, Nitschke, Carter, et Mokros, 2019;Warren et al., 1996) Gratzer et Bradford, 1995; ainsi qu'insérer des objets de forme phallique et cylindrique dans les orifices corporels de la victime (ex. ...
... : pensées, images, dialogues internes) ayant la capacité de susciter un état d'excitation sexuelle (Leitenberg et Henning, 1995 (Beauregard et al., 2004;Beauregard et Proulx, 2002;Briken, Habermann, Kafka et al. 2006;Brittain, 1970;Chopin et Beauregard, 2020;Dietz et al., 1990;Groth et Birnbaum, 1979;Groth et al., 1977;Hazelwood et al., 1992;Karpman, 1954;Koch, Berner, Hill, et Briken, 2011;MacCulloch et al., 1983;Marshall et Hucker, 2006;Marshall et Kennedy, 2003;Nitschke et al., 2013;Prentky et al., 1989;Ressler et al., 1986;Warren et al., 1996). Certains chercheurs (Brittain, 1970;Dietz et al., 1990;MacCulloch et al., 1983; Ces dernières décennies, la majorité des chercheurs (Abel, 1989;Abel et Osborn, 1992;Beauregard, 2016;Brittain, 1970;Chopin et Beauregard, 2020;Dietz et al., 1990;Eulenberg, 1911;Gebhard et al., 1965;Gratzer et Bradford, 1995;Groth et Birnbaum, 1979;Groth et al., 1977;Kirsh et Becker, 2007;Knight et Prentky, 1990;MacCulloch et al., 1983;Porter, Wood, Worth, Earle, Drugge, et Boer, 2003;Proulx et Beauregard, 2009;Rada, 1978;Ressler et Burgess, 1985;Schrenck-Notzing et Chaddock, 1985;Stefanska, Nitschke, Carter, et Mokros, 2019;Warren et al., 1996) Gratzer et Bradford, 1995; ainsi qu'insérer des objets de forme phallique et cylindrique dans les orifices corporels de la victime (ex. : bâton de bois, torche électrique, bouteille de verre) (Brittain, 1970;Dietz et al., 1990;. ...
... : pensées, images, dialogues internes) ayant la capacité de susciter un état d'excitation sexuelle (Leitenberg et Henning, 1995 (Beauregard et al., 2004;Beauregard et Proulx, 2002;Briken, Habermann, Kafka et al. 2006;Brittain, 1970;Chopin et Beauregard, 2020;Dietz et al., 1990;Groth et Birnbaum, 1979;Groth et al., 1977;Hazelwood et al., 1992;Karpman, 1954;Koch, Berner, Hill, et Briken, 2011;MacCulloch et al., 1983;Marshall et Hucker, 2006;Marshall et Kennedy, 2003;Nitschke et al., 2013;Prentky et al., 1989;Ressler et al., 1986;Warren et al., 1996). Certains chercheurs (Brittain, 1970;Dietz et al., 1990;MacCulloch et al., 1983; Ces dernières décennies, la majorité des chercheurs (Abel, 1989;Abel et Osborn, 1992;Beauregard, 2016;Brittain, 1970;Chopin et Beauregard, 2020;Dietz et al., 1990;Eulenberg, 1911;Gebhard et al., 1965;Gratzer et Bradford, 1995;Groth et Birnbaum, 1979;Groth et al., 1977;Kirsh et Becker, 2007;Knight et Prentky, 1990;MacCulloch et al., 1983;Porter, Wood, Worth, Earle, Drugge, et Boer, 2003;Proulx et Beauregard, 2009;Rada, 1978;Ressler et Burgess, 1985;Schrenck-Notzing et Chaddock, 1985;Stefanska, Nitschke, Carter, et Mokros, 2019;Warren et al., 1996) Gratzer et Bradford, 1995; ainsi qu'insérer des objets de forme phallique et cylindrique dans les orifices corporels de la victime (ex. : bâton de bois, torche électrique, bouteille de verre) (Brittain, 1970;Dietz et al., 1990;. ...
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To date, there has been no consensus in the literature on the characteristics of the sadistic sexual aggressor. This has been largely the result of the limitations of studies of this phenomenon (e.g., idiosyncratic definitions of sexual sadism, heterogeneous samples, temporality fixed at adulthood). In an effort to address these limitations, we identified the distinguishing features of sadistic (n = 69) and nonsadistic (n = 137) sexual aggressors against adult women, all of whom were incarcerated in Quebec (Canada), using the Severe Sexual Sadism Scale (SESAS), an empirically validated measurement instrument for sexual sadism, as well as other variables. Bivariate (chi-square) analyses revealed that sadistic and nonsadistic sexual aggressors of adult women differed in several ways, including developmental (e.g., victimization before age 18), psychological (e.g., personality, psychopathology), sexological (e.g., deviant sexual fantasies), and criminological (e.g., modus operandi). To determine whether sexual sadism is a heterogeneous phenomenon, latent class analyses were conducted on the SESAS items. These analyses revealed that sexual sadism is not heterogeneous, manifesting itself differently depending on the characteristics of the sexual aggressor. The above results and their theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.
... DeLisi et al. (2017) agree and state that perpetrators of homicides involving ideation, planning, and contemplation are more likely to be chronic offenders. Furthermore, studies have shown that a high proportion of sadistic serial offenders plan their homicides (Dietz, Hazelwood, & Warren, 1990). ...
... DeLisi et al. (2017) agree and state that perpetrators of homicides involving ideation, planning, and contemplation are more likely to be chronic offenders. Furthermore, studies have shown that a high proportion of sadistic serial offenders plan their homicides (Dietz, Hazelwood, & Warren, 1990). ...
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