The Eyeball Killer: Serial Killings with Postmortem Globe Enucleation

Julie Coyle, Karen F. Ross, Jeffrey J. Barnard, Elizabeth Peacock, Charles A. Linch, Joseph A. Prahlow

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Abstract

Although serial killings are relatively rare, they can be the cause of a great deal of anxiety while the killer remains at-large. Despite the fact that the motivations for serial killings are typically quite complex, the psychological analysis of a serial killer can provide valuable insight into how and why certain individuals become serial killers. Such knowledge may be instrumental in preventing future serial killings or in solving ongoing cases. In certain serial killings, the various incidents have a variety of similar features. Identification of similarities between separate homicidal incidents is necessary to recognize that a serial killer may be actively killing. In this report, the authors present a group of serial killings involving three prostitutes who were shot to death over a 3-month period. Scene and autopsy findings, including the unusual finding of postmortem enucleation of the eyes, led investigators to recognize the serial nature of the homicides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-647
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Eyeball
  • Forensic pathology
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Forensic science
  • Serial killing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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