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An investigation into the association between cannibalism and serial killers

Marono, A. and Keatley, D.A. (2022) An investigation into the association between cannibalism and serial killers. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law .

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The aim of the current study was to compare and contrast non-cannibalistic and cannibalistic serial killers. Using case study data, the present study assessed common patterns among the life histories of cannibalistic serial killers compared to those of a control sample of serial killers that did not commit cannibalism. These include but are not limited to childhood experiences, socio-economic status, biological abnormalities and life events. Results indicated that factors that may differentiate cannibals from non-cannibals likely result from childhood influences, rather than influences at the time of the kill. Findings may be used to identify potential warning signs or triggers for cannibalistic behaviour.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Law and Criminology
Publisher: Routledge
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