Global Dynamics

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Describe and discuss various offender sadistic behavior characteristics associated with various criminal behaviors and criminal offender personalities.

According to Turvey “the term sadistic describes a variety of criminal behaviors. Most often, it describes any perceived cruel act, without respect to specific motivation or context.”(2012, p. 460) According to Ressler et al in Sexual Homicide Patterns and Motives “early aggressive {sadistic} behaviors may be acted out first toward animals. Some murderers describe childhood histories of sadistic behavior towards animals” (Ressler, Burgess, & Douglas, 1988, p. 38). Sadistic behavior is similar to psychopathic behavior in that it has become a catch all psychological term for behaviors that are violent and beyond normal sexual activity. In the case of sadistic behavior the child somehow (or for some reason) will make a connection between sexual activity and violent. This pattern will continue throughout his or her life.

Sexual sadism was first noted in 1886 by Richard von Krafft-Ebing, in Psychopathia Sexualis, in this text Krafft-Ebing described sexual sadism as "The experience of sexual, pleasurable sensations (including orgasm) produced by acts of cruelty, bodily punishment afflicted on one's person or when witnessed in others, be they animals or human beings. It may also consist of an innate desire to humiliate, hurt, wound or even destroy others in order, thereby, to create sexual pleasure in ones self” (Sexual Sadism, n.d.).

The key characteristic in sadism is infliction of pain on a victim. For the crime to be sexually and emotionally satisfying the offender needs to inflict pain and/or suffering on the victim. This can be accomplished through biting, stabbing or other types of infliction of pain.



characteristics of an autoerotic fatality versus a suicide and how an autoerotic fatality may be mistakenly identified as a suicide.

Autoerotic asphyxia or “Hypoxyphilia is a paraphilia which is a sub-category of sexual masochism. Also known by terms such as asphyxiophilia, autoerotic or sexual asphyxia, this potentially lethal sexual practice refers to sexual arousal that is produced while reducing the oxygen supply to the brain” (Hucker, n.d.). It is important to note that in cases of autoerotic asphyxiation it may appear that the victim had intended to commit suicide this would appear to be the case due to the fact that the victim in these cases attempts to cut off his or her own air supply. In cases of accidental death due to autoerotic asphyxia there will be an attempt made for the victim to release him or herself from the apparatus, there may also be attempts made to lesson ligature marks that may be left behind from ties such as ropes or handcuffs. There may also be evidence of pornographic material left behind at accidental death scenes. This material is unlikely to be present at locations of suicide. Also, lack of suicide note should be one indicator that accidental asphyxia was accidental instead of suicide.

References:

Hucker, S. J. (n.d.). Auto-erotic Asphyxia. Forensic Psychaitry.ca. Retrieved October 21, 2011, from http://www.forensicpsychiatry.ca/paraphilia/aea.htm

Ressler, R. K., Burgess, A. W., & Douglas, J. E. (1988). Sexual homicide: patterns and motives. New York: Lexington Books.

Sexual Sadism. (n.d.). Forensic Psychaitry.ca. Retrieved October 21, 2011, from http://www.forensicpsychiatry.ca/paraphilia

Turvey, B. E. (2012). Criminal profiling: an introduction to behavioral evidence analysis (4th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier. Print