The Offense Cycle and Serial Homicide

Robert D. Hunter

Sexual offenders do not commit their crimes spontaneously. Their actions can be interpreted as part of an offense cycle, in which the commission of the offense is preceded by several identifiable actions and behaviors. The sexual nature of serial homicide suggests that murderers also follow an identifiable pattern of behaviors. Precipitating factors lead to deviant fantasies, which are the primary motivating force behind sexually violent offenses. In an effort to carry out the fantasy, offenders initiate a phase in which they begin to groom potential victims.

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Updated 05/20/2006