Psychopathy and homicide

Authored by: Bryanna Fox

Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085169
eBook ISBN: 9781315111476
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This chapter presents the results of a systematic review of the state of the literature on psychopathy and homicide offenders. Specifically, this review identified and summarized all original empirical studies published on this topic from January 1941 to June 2017 and addressed key questions regarding the prevalence and characteristics of psychopaths who commit homicide. This review indicates that a considerable amount of knowledge has been gained from the 13 empirical studies conducted on psychopathic murderers, but there are also several gaps in our understanding of these dangerous offenders that have not been addressed in the literature.

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