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An examination of serial murder in Australia [electronic resource] / Jenny Mouzos and David West
Bib ID 5599032
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Mouzos, Jenny
Online Access
Online Versions
Description Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology, 2007 
6 p. 
ISBN 9781921185557

Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice (Online) ; no. 346.

PANDORA electronic collection.

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Despite public fascination with, and interest in, the serial murder phenomenon, little research on this topic has been undertaken in Australia. High profile cases such as the backpacker murders in New South Wales and Snowtown murders in South Australia serve to heighten the public's awareness, and perhaps overstate the threat, of serial murder in Australia. Building on earlier research undertaken at the Australian Institute of Criminology, this study aims to examine the circumstances and characteristics of serial murders that have occurred in Australia since the inception of the National Homicide Monitoring Program in July 1989. Results show that between July 1989 and June 2006, there were 11 groupings of serial murders identified in the NHMP, committed by 13 known serial murder offenders, with a total of 52 known victims. This represents one percent of the total number of homicides in Australia over a 17 year period. The paper reports on the characteristics of offenders and victims, including the offenders' modus operandi. The analysis found that the profile of serial murder in Australia is similar to that found in international research. In at least two of the groups of serial murders the victims had been reported as missing to police. It is important to note that the paper reports on known homicides. The paper suggests that further research on the profile of long term missing persons and serial murder victims should be undertaken as well as exploring offenders who commit multiple murders on separate occasions, to identify what prevented them (apart from law enforcement intervention) from committing additional murders.


Title from caption of PDF document (viewed Aug. 25, 2011)

"September 2007".

Includes bibliographical references (p. 6)


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Subjects Serial murderers -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Serial murder investigation -- Australia.  |  Multiple killings  |  Homicide  |  Reviews of research
Other authors/contributors West, David  |  Australian Institute of Criminology
Terms of Use Australian Institute of Criminology 2007. 

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