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CONFERENCE AGENDA

Monday, November 7, 2011

7:00 am to 7:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45 am to 8:15 am

Welcome and Opening Comments
Mary Muscari, PhD
Leonard Morgenbesser, PhD
Conference Coordinators

8:15 am to 9:15 am

Atypical Features of Two Serial Killers
Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNS & Allen G. Burgess, DBA

9:15 am to 10:15 am

Behavioral & Victim Consistency Patterns by Serial Sexual Homicide Offenders
C. Gabrielle Salfati, PhD

10:15 am to 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Serial Sexual Homicide
Michael Stone, MD

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch
Book signing

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Identifying and Investigating Gay Male Sexual Homicides and
Detecting Posed Remains from Unusual Body Positions: Naming the Basic Types
Dallas Drake, BS

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Homosexual Juvenile Sexual Homicide
Wade Myers, MD

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Break

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Characteristics of Sex-Related Homicides in Alaska
Tara Henry, MSN

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Deception Detection: Truth or Consequences
Russel Strand, US Army Military Police School

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

7:00 am to 8:00 am

Roundtable Breakfast

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Sexual Homicide: What the Literature Tells Us
Leonard Morgenbesser, PhD

9:00 am to 12:30 am

Amherst Bike Path Rapist/Killer
SSA Robert Morton (FBI)

12:30 am to 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Twilight Murders - Elder Women and Their Offenders: A Study in Sexual Assault and Homicide
Mark E. Safarik M.S., V.S.M. (FBI Ret.)

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Break

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Victimology in Sexual Homicides
Kathleen Brown, PhD

5:15 pm to 5:30 pm

Evaluations
Conference Wrap-up
Leonard Morgenbesser, PhD

Presentation Descriptions

Atypical Features of Two Serial Killers

Ann W. Burgess, DNS & Allen G. Burgess, DBA

Serial killers are generally believed to target strangers as victim. The two cases in this presentation include atypical features of a confidence style approach to the victims, relationships as a work associate, a date or acquaintance, and murder by either manual strangulation with a towel or gunshot. One case involved 3 rape murders and 2 rapes before capture over a 10 year period and the second case involved 11 rape murder victims over a 2 year period.

Behavioral & Victim Consistency Patterns by Serial Sexual Homicide Offenders

C. Gabrielle Salfati, PhD

The current talk will look at the patterns of behavioral consistency across series in terms of initial victim target, and continuing consistency and change in both victim target and specific behavioral patterns during the crime. A specific focus will be on the sexual nature of both behaviors and victims, in particular vulnerable victims such as street prostitutes, and how overt changes in behavior may be a reflection of underlying psychological consistency. Discussion will center on the latest research in the field, and outline the latest thinking in future avenues for research in the field of serial crime and behavioral consistency.

Serial Sexual Homicide

Michael Stone, MD

Serial Sexual Homicide is the most common variety in the US of "serial killing" (in contrast to hospital-based poisoning by staff, repeated infanticide, etc). Among the aspects to be discussed are: sociological aspects, frequently noted personality peculiarities (such as schizoid PD), environmental factors (parental brutality, neglect, or humiliation; low socioeconomic status); genetic factors (hypersexuality, predisposition to paraphilias, "Bad Seed" -type callous-unemotional men in whom adverse environmental factors are not present), adoption (6 to 7 times higher in serial killers than in the general population); and mixed factors (juvenile delinquency, abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs). The most notorious serial killers tend to be white males with high IQs, but in a more representative sample, the racial and intellectual variations are more in line with data from the general population. Motives underlying the tendency to serial sexual homicide include revenge (often against women, as in the case of Ed Kemper), thrill-seeking (as in Larry Bittaker), and self-hatred projected onto the victims (especially in homosexual killers such as Randy Kraft and Robert Berdella). At least a third of the men had been imprisoned for rape and other violent crimes - and then prematurely released, and thus allowed to pursue their “career” as serial killers.

Identifying and Investigating Gay Male Sexual Homicides

and

Detecting Posed Remains from Unusual Body Positions: Naming the Basic Types

Dallas Drake

This session will be a presentation on two distinct topics by one presenter. Identifying and Investigating Gay Male Sexual Homicides Detecting Posed will be 30 minutes, and Remains from Unusual Body Positions: Naming the Basic Types will be 15, with time for questions.

Homosexual Juvenile Sexual Homicide

Wade Myers, MD

Limited information exists on homosexual juvenile sexual homicide. This study examines the epidemiology, victimology, victim-offender relationship, and weapon use patterns in homosexual juvenile sexual homicide offenders using a large national database on homicide spanning a period of three decades--the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) for the years 1976 through 2005. A total of 93 cases of homosexual juvenile sexual homicide were identified. On average, only three of these crimes occurred annually in the U.S. Ninety-five percent were male offender-male victim cases and 5% were female offender-female victim cases. Homosexual juvenile sexual homicide offenders were overrepresented amongst all juvenile sexual murderers, similar to adult counterparts. Most of these boys were age 16 or 17 when they killed. They were significantly more likely to kill adult victims than other age groups, to be friends or acquaintances of the victims, and to use contact/edged weapons or firearms. Most offenders killed same race victims, although Black offenders were significantly more likely than White offenders to kill interracially. A case report is provided to help illustrate homosexual juvenile sexual homicide. Much remains to be learned about this population. Future research should strive to increase society’s ability to identify youth at risk for committing a sexual homicide so that these crimes ultimately can be prevented.

Characteristics of Sex-Related Homicides in Alaska

Tara Henry, MSN

This presentation will describe the demographic, physical examination, and victim-suspect relationship characteristics of sex-related homicides in Alaska over a 10 year period. This is the first study to document characteristics of sex-related homicides in which victims received a comprehensive sexual assault examination using technology and expertise similar to what has been provided to living victims of sexual assault for many years. Patterns of anogenital injury identified with a colposcope will be discussed. Implications for sex-related homicide investigation, prosecution and clinical practice will be reviewed and future research will be recommended.

Deception Detection - Truth or Consequences?

Russell Strand, US Army Military Police School

Deception has both plagued and served us from the beginning of time. We are all masters and victims of deceit. Most of us have been raised to tell the truth, but are all effective on shading it when it is convenient or seemingly necessary. The truth of the matter is that truth matters - but our ability to detect it is extremely difficult and our skills at deception detection are often highly overrated. The cornerstone of criminal investigations and the criminal justice system is determining the truth and credibility - which in many, if not most cases is a seemingly impossible task. Deception is at the center of all criminal activity from victim selection, deceptive actions, and of course an effective tool to avoid suspicion and identification. Deception is the number one reason why victims often fall prey to those who would cause them harm. There is emerging research assisting us in a better understanding of trauma and memory and the physiological consequences of stress and trauma. This session will review current deception detection knowledge and practices and compare what we think we know with new and exciting research which will assist us in a better understanding of the realities and limitations of deception detection. Participants will also be provided comparisons and contrasts between what we now know about trauma and stress and how professionals can easily confuse the physiological reactions to trauma and stress with the physiological reactions to intentional deception. What we don't know can have dire consequences on our investigations, interventions, victim advocacy, and prevention efforts. Law enforcement, judges, attorney's, victim advocates, medical and mental health, and all other professionals working in the domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse fields will walk away with a better understanding of determining the truth deterred neither by fear or prejudice.

Sexual Homicide: What the Literature Tells Us

Leonard Morgenbesser, PhD

Studies of sexual homicide have been in the social science literature since the early 1980s and possibly a few earlier. Despite the gradual accumulation of empirical data on this offense and on this type of offender, much more work needs to be done from a theoretical perspective, including relationship to existing criminological literature. This presentation will be a review of the recent research on sexual homicide.

Amherst Bike Path Rapist/Killer

SSA Robert Morton

This will be a presentation of a case of an offender who committed numerous rapes and killed three victims over a 25 year period.

Twilight Murders - Elder Women and Their Offenders: A Study in Sexual Assault and Homicide

Mark E. Safarik M.S., V.S.M. (FBI Ret.)

The FBI consults regularly on the investigation of extraordinarily violent and unusual homicide cases. Although overall awareness of elderly victimization throughout the United States has greatly increased over the last decade, little attention has been focused on elderly female victims of sexual assault and homicide and the offenders who commit these crimes. An in-depth study examined the characteristics of 128 elderly women who were sexually assaulted and murdered. An analysis of crime scene attributes, victim characteristics (including injury severity), and offender demographics produced significant predictive information about offender characteristics. This information will assist law enforcement, forensic nurses, prosecutors, crime scene technicians, and medical examiners about the investigation, understanding, and prosecution of these crimes.

Victimology and Sexual Homicide

Kathleen Brown, PhD

Victims of sexual homicide range from completely innocent to prostitute to intimate domestic partner. Exploring the background of the victim and the relationship of the victim to the offender often provides important investigative information. Ability to view the victim from the offender's perspective can increase the probability of identifying the offender and can increase the investigators understanding of motive for the crime.

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