Fred West: Bio-Psycho-Social Investigation of Psychopathic Sexual Serial Killer

Daniel Boduszek, Philip Hyland

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This paper looks briefly at the case study of psychopathic sexual serial killer Frederick Walter Stephen West. His criminal behaviour and other behavioural problems are often assumed to be rooted in the home, inadequate discipline, or poor role models. However, based on research arguments presented in this paper, it is obvious that the answer to what significantly contributed to the development of this complex distorted personality and subsequent violent behaviour is far more multifaceted. It seems to be a result of a highly complex interaction of biological, psychological and sociological factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-870
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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