Incidence of Serial Homicide Offenders: The Influence of Sociological Variables

James DeFronzo, University of Connecticut

The study of the causes of serial homicide has typically been approached from a psychiatric perspective. The current study attempted to determine whether sociological variables play a role. Multi-factor explanations of serial homicide suggest aspects of culture and social structure may influence the considerable inter-state variation in the level of male serial killer activity. The results indicated that two measures of local cultural content as well as a social structural variable had significant effects on the inter-state variation of male serial killer activity. Theoretical implications are discussed.

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