Predicting presence of offender's criminal record from antisocial lifestyle indicators of homicide victims

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List of Authors: Santtila P, Runtti M, Mokros A
Publication year: 2004
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Journal acronym: J Interpers Violence
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 5
Start page: 541
End page: 557
ISSN: 0886-2605


The aim of the present study is to explore the possibility of predicting the presence of a criminal record in the background of a homicide offender on the basis of victim characteristics. Eight victim characteristics, as well as the presence or absence of offender criminal record and offender violent criminal record, were coded for 502 Finnish homicides. A configural frequency analysis (CFA) showed that it was possible to predict the presence of a criminal record on the basis of the victim variables. The practical significance of the results for police investigations is discussed.

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