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150 WORDS AGREE OR DISAGREE According to “Criminal Profiling of Serial Arsonist” there are six different motivations for arsonists: Vandalism, Excitement, Profit, Revenge, Crime Concealment and Extremist (Serial Arson, 2006). Arsonists involved in vandalism would most likely be of the disorganized, expressive typology. Vandalism is committed for entertainment and may be a spontaneous action which often involves juveniles. The intent is to damage property but not to hurt people. Setting fires for excitement would involve a more organized expressive type which often involves an escalation of behavior. Juvenile fire setting is a behavior that many serious offenders share and could be a stepping stone behavior to more serious crimes. Within the excitement motivation, some offenders can be obsessed with firefighters and trucks and or often will stick around to “watch the show”. The Hero Complex also applies to this group.
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  • Fall '16
  • Christopher L. Litten, MA, Ph.D.

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