What Does the Way in Which a Victim is Killed Tell Us About a Homicide?

Damon Muller, University of Melbourne
Mieko Bond, Manchester University

ABSTRACT
There is some anecdotal evidence that the injuries received by ahomicide victim say something about the social context of that particular homicde. For example, it has been suggested that domestic homicides often feature `overkill', and that some serial killers will attempt to depersonalise a victim, or make sexualised attacks. The current study examines female victims of homicide over a four-year period in Victoria, Australia, in order to determine whether there is any relationship between the number, type and location of wounds and the relationship between the victim and the offender. Implications for the investigation of homicide and research are discussed.

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