Introduction.- General Suicide Research.- Literature on Suicide Notes.- Literature on Child Sex Offender Dynamics.- Research on Child Sex Offenders and Suicide.- Methdology and Results.- child Sex Offender Characteristics.- Child Sex Crime Investigation Characteristics.- Suicide Characteristics.- Suicide notes.- Application of Interpersonal Psychological Theory to child Sex Offender Suicide.- Analysis of Suicide Notes left by Child Sex Offenders.- Multidisciplinary Considerations.- Considerations for Law Enforcement.- Considerations for Prosecutors.- Considerations for Mental Health and Community Service Providers.- Conslusion.- Future Research Directions.- Limitations of the Study.
By providing empirical data and multidisciplinary considerations, the book increases awareness of child sex offender suicide among the various entities which come into contact with this population of offenders. This book attempts to bring awareness of this potentially high risk population to better inform the law enforcement, corrections, and mental health communities of the unique risk factors for suicide among CSOs and provide a more effective crisis response. The Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit III- Crimes Against Children
reviewed and analyzed 106 male Child Sex Offenders (CSO) who committed suicide during the course of a child sex crime investigation. Of the 106 CSOs, 79% were child pornography traders/collectors, 43% were child molesters, 21% were travelers, and 18% were child pornography producers. Analyses also revealed that nearly all were Caucasian and the majority were married, employed, and died via self-inflicted gunshot wound. Of particular interest was that in 26% of the
cases, the offender killed himself within 48 hours of his awareness of the
investigation; and in nearly half of the known cases, the offender had
past/current military service and a criminal history. In addition, 68% left a suicide note, which is substantially higher than the general suicide population. Analysis of the notes revealed common aspects and themes including cognitive distortions, burdensomeness, shame, and self-blame. The most frequently cited reason for the suicide in the note was the child sex crime investigation.