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

Pekka Santtila, M Runtti, A Mokros

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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.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)541–557
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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