Crime Features and Interrogation Behaviour among Homicide Offenders

Pekka Santtila, Tom Pakkanen

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Claims of amnesia for violent and sexual crimes are common as guilty suspects allege memory loss to avoid punishment. The key issue then becomes whether the memory loss is genuine or feigned. Offenders’ Memories of Violent Crimes takes a new approach to the subject by focusing not on eyewitness or bystander testimonies, but on the testimonies of the offenders themselves - or, more specifically, on the way they remember and relate their violent crimes. Under the guidance of Sven Christianson, expert contributors explore offenders’ memories with particular emphasis on theory and empirical research across areas such as memorial patterns, instrumental and reactive offenders, crime-related amnesia, crime-related brain activation, detecting lies and deceit and interviewing techniques.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationOffenders' Memories of Violent Crimes
EditorsSven Å. Christianson
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISBN (Print)9780470713082
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Homicide
  • investigative interviewing

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