Driving, Pseudo-reality and the BTK: A Case Study

Lynes, Adam and Wilson, David (2015) Driving, Pseudo-reality and the BTK: A Case Study. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 12 (3). pp. 267-284. ISSN 15444759 (ISSN)

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The significance of occupational choice, in particular those that involve driving, has not yet been studied or investigated in relation to serial murder. This paper, which adopts a case study approach, attempts to shed light on how driving as an occupation may instrumentally influence the offending behaviour of one North American serial murderer-Dennis Rader. Attention is given towards how spending such significant amounts of time driving may have held deep psychological importance for Rader, with regard to the development of his offending-oriented fantasies. In particular, the "offending space model" is used to examine the relationship between 'thinking and doing'. In providing this micro-level analysis, we suggest that transient oriented occupations provide a rich array of practical advantages that may aid serial murderers in avoiding detection, whilst also holding deep psychological influence in the nurturing and development of their fantasies. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd..

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1441
Uncontrolled Keywords: Driving, Modernity, Occupational choice, Offending space model, Serial murder
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:57
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:42
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1732

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