A Psychodynamic-Behaviourist Investigation of Russian Sexual Serial Killer Andrei Chikatilo

Dominic Willmott, Daniel Boduszek, Rebecca Robinson

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This paper looks briefly at the case study of Russian sexual serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Whilst serial homicide has received wide ranging attention more broadly in the literature, Chikatilo’s criminality and sexually deviant behaviour have thus far lacked any in-depth psychological explanation, with his crimes attributed tentatively to dysfunction upbringing and innate deviance. However, based on theoretical arguments presented in the present investigation, a more detailed account of what may have contributed to the development of such extreme sexual violence and cognitive distortions is discussed. Consideration of psychodynamic and behaviourist perspectives lead to the conclusion that a complex interaction of biological, psychological, and sociological factors may account for the onset and continuation of his homicidal behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-507
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Issue number3
Early online date22 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


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