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Volume 9 Issue 5 - 2020
Exploring Claimed Crime-Related Amnesia in Homicidal Violence: Genuine or Feigned, Investigators Strategies, and Risk for Violent Recidivism?
Sven Å Christianson*
Chartered Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
*Corresponding Author: Sven Å Christianson, Chartered Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Received: November 03, 2020; Published: April 09, 2020


The aim of the present paper is to review various reasons for studying offenders’ memories of violent crimes, with a special focus on claims of amnesia. These reasons concern both criminal investigators and mental health professionals. Claims of amnesia for violent crimes, including murder, are very common and there are therefore important legal reasons for exploring the veracity of crime-related amnesia. Another important reason for studying offenders’ memories is that systematic analysis of amnesia claims may help criminal investigators to select strategies that could be useful in interviewing perpetrators of impulsive (reactive/expressive) or planned (instrumental) homicides (e.g. with respect to different phases of the crime and symptoms of extreme specificity). Another reason is related to the assessment of treatment prognoses for delinquents who have committed serious violent crimes and claim to be amnesic. Still another implication, concerns violent recidivism among amnesic homicidal offenders. The review suggests that it is of utmost importance to focus on increasing the competence of interrogators and caregivers as regards how to treat and manage offenders who claim amnesia for severe violent crimes.

Keywords: Amnesia; Homicidal Violence; Genuine; Violent Recidivism


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Citation: Sven Å Christianson. “Exploring Claimed Crime-Related Amnesia in Homicidal Violence: Genuine or Feigned, Investigators Strategies, and Risk for Violent Recidivism?”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.5 (2020): 01-07.

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