PAEDOPHILIC HOMICIDE: THE ASSESSMENT OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF RECIDIVISM
Haines, J. and Williams, C.L., University of Tasmania, Australia
This paper presents the case of man who had served a 26 year sentence following the perpetration of a paedophilic homicide. In the context of an assessment for consideration for parole, it was necessary to determine the way in which this individual reacted both psychologically and psychophysiologically to recollections of the homicidal act and the paedophilic behaviour that preceded it. Given the limitations of existing measures of sexual arousal, a five-staged, personalised guided imagery methodology was used to recreate the memories of the events. It was evident that the memories of the actual homicidal behaviour were associated with increased psychophysiological arousal and the experience of distress, there was no specific evidence that the pre-homicide paedophilic behaviour was associated with separate indication of increased arousal. The use of this methodology in the determination of responses to violent crimes and in the assessment of the risk of recidivism will be discussed.