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Matricide and Two Sexual Femicides by a Male Strangler with a Transgender Sadomasochistic Identity

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While violence against sexual minorities is a well-known phenomenon, sexual homicides committed by men with cross-dressing or transsexual identity are not, because they are relatively few. We report a 23-year follow-up of the case of a transvestite, possibly transsexual, man who killed his mother by strangulation at the age of 20, and later in two separate cases strangled a female victim towards whom he felt sexual desire. He reported being sexually aroused by being strangled himself. The case raises questions concerning legislation which does not allow life-long control of criminals.
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Keywords: forensic psychiatry; forensic science; homicide; psychopathy; serial killing; transsexual; transvestism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Psychiatric Hospital for Prisoners, University of Turku, PO Box 49, 20251 Turku, Finland. 2: Psychiatric Hospital for Prisoners, Turku Unit, PO Box 49, 20251 Turku, Finland.

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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