The Fantasy-Addiction Model of Serial Homicide

Christopher J. Kurtz, Virtual University

The presence of sexual undertones at the crime scenes of serial homicides has been noted by many researchers, most notably by Albert Drukteinis (1992), who recognized the sexual element of the crme "varies depending in its meaning to the offender". No researcher, however, has been able to make what seems to be a logical and simple connection in the serial killer. It is a more widely accepted fact that fantasy pays a very significant role in both the life and motivation of the serial killer. The serial killer utilizes fantasy as a copy mechanism for the day to day stresses and frustrations he faces throughout his life. There has not been a successful synthesis of this fact into into a meaningful synthesis for the analysis of the motivations behind the commission of serial homicides. This paper exmines the fantasy-addiction theory of serial murder and the similarities between a serial killer's addiction to fantasy and the drug addict's addiction to such substances as cocaine or heroine. It explores the assumption that the addiction of fantasy is so strong within the serial killer that these offenders commit their crimes in order to preserve their addiction.

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