Publications on staged homicide, i.e. homicides arranged to pose like a suicide, accident or natural death, are scarce (Schlesinget et al., 2014). The staging activity is aimed to redirect the crime investigation, and Keppel and Weis (2004) reported that 0.1% among 5,224 homicides was staged. No Swedish study has examined the prevalence and nature of staging in homicides. This paper will present a forthcoming Swedish study on staged homicides and the aim of the presentation is to get feedback from the audience.
Method and material
Data will be collected with a survey method using a questionnaire to: 1) forensic pathologists, 2) crime scene investigators, 3) detectives at major crimes units, 4) other key individuals in the criminal justice system (such as the Profiler Unit at the National Police Department), and 5) researchers within the forensic field.
The participants will be asked to give information about cases and where more information can be found. Police files, court verdicts and autopsy reports will be collected and analyzed.
Due to methodological factors the study will not be able to answer a research question regarding prevalence of staged homicides but can elucidate the nature of detected cases of staging. The study will be focused on the crime scene reports, autopsy findings, and to describe the victimology and the criminological and clinical features of the offenders.