Sexual homicide is a rare phenomenon. Yet, sexual killing is widely reported on in the media. Even though academic research on sexual homicide is conducted abroad, in the Netherlands such research is virtually absent.
Building on previous research, we examined sexual homicides that occurred between 1992 and 2014. Read the article here (in Dutch).
In total 143 people (mostly women) were victims of sexual homicide. The perpetrators were most typically men, between 20 and 30 years old. Motives centered around anger, excitement and sexual gratification.
Sexual homicides oftentimes remain unsolved, partially due to a lack of a uniform registration system.