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Author(s) Bannenberg, Britta
Bauer, Petra
Kirste, Alexandra
Year 2014
Title Erscheinungsformen und Ursachen von Amoktaten aus kriminologischer, forensisch-psychiatrischer und forensisch-psychologischer Sicht
Published in Forensische Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Kriminologie, Vol. 8, No. 4
Pages 229-236
DOI 10.1007/s11757-014-0289-9
Abstract Cases of running amok are intentional, accomplished and attempted multiple homicides by which mass murder is generally carried out by a single offender, motivated by anger, hate and revenge, attacking defined or randomly selected victims. The offender intends to become famous and in many cases commits suicide after the attack. Young offenders up to the age of 24 years old differ from the heterogeneous group of adults. Within a core group of young offenders personality disorders and behavioral problems are the main cause of the attacks. A quiet, reclusive and always somewhat strange loner has a deep feeling of alienation, feels offended and disregarded, identifies with perpetrators and stages the crime as revenge for subjectively experienced insults. Schizotypal, paranoid and narcissistic aspects dominate. The offenders are not characterized by patterns of impulsive, aggressive or dissocial behavior.

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