Multiple murder in England and Wales 1982-1991 : an analysis.
Multiple murder has attracted comparatively little
attention amongst academic researchers. The present
study offers a description of the phenomenon of Multiple
Homicide in England and Wales over a 10 year period
based on interviews with perpetrators and study of
Results were analysed in two ways: First, using
conventional statistical methods, and second, using
multiple sequential functional analysis to challenge
existing typologies, highlight the role of psychological
process and to emphasise the important role of
The analysis revealed a very heterogeneous
population although experiences such as social isolation
and frustration were not uncommon. Unlike the
perpetrators described in many American studies
histories of physical and sexual childhood abuse and
neglect were not the norm in this population and were
felt to have little association with multiple murder.
The issues raised by the methodology and the
implications of the study for profiling, identification
of possible offenders, treatment targets, and future
areas of research are discussed.