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Theorising the puzzle that is Harold Shipman.

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Journal publication date1/11/2005
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Journal number4
Volume16
Number of pages14
Pages685-698
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Despite a lengthy inquiry, why the serial killer, Harold Shipman, committed his crimes remains a puzzle. However, the issue still needs to be confronted. This article tries to move beyond the usual individualistic explanations of serial killing towards a wider analysis that embraces a more structural approach whereby we can begin to understand the meaning of serial killing at a societal level. Sadly, we argue that the actions of serial killers can be used to identify social breakdowns.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration