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A psychodynamic-behaviourist investigation of Russian sexual serial killer Andrei Chikatilo
journal contributionposted on 2022-05-26, 15:17 authored by Dominic WillmottDominic Willmott, Daniel Boduszek, Rebecca Robinson
This paper looks briefly at the case study of Russian sexual serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Whilst serial homicide has received wide ranging attention more broadly in the literature, Chikatilo’s criminality and sexually deviant behaviour have thus far lacked any in-depth psychological explanation, with his crimes attributed tentatively to dysfunction upbringing and innate deviance. However, based on theoretical arguments presented in the present investigation, a more detailed account of what may have contributed to the development of such extreme sexual violence and cognitive distortions is discussed. Consideration of psychodynamic and behaviourist perspectives lead to the conclusion that a complex interaction of biological, psychological and sociological factors may account for the onset and continuation of his homicidal behaviour.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy
Published inThe Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
Pages498 - 507
PublisherInforma UK Limited
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
Rights holder© Informa UK Limited
Publisher statementThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. Dominic Willmott, Daniel Boduszek & Rebecca Robinson (2018) A psychodynamic-behaviourist investigation of Russian sexual serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 29:3, 498-507, DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2017.1416658. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.