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7 IN SEARCH OF MEANING: ON THEORY CONSTRUCTION AND MODEL BUILDING OVERVIEW The preceding chapter explained how the motivational model on sexual homi- cide, the trauma control typology on serial murder, and the integrated framework on paraphilia could be usefully applied to the case of Jeffrey Dahmer. At issue in Chapter 6 was the extent to which the organizing schemas accounted for the emergence, progression, and maintenance of lust murder. There are discrete ele- ments in each model that help to provide an in-depth analysis of Dahmer's psy- chological development, personality structure, and criminal behavior. However, it remains to be seen how the three frameworks compare with one another, espe- cially with respect to erotophonophilia. Of particular interest here is a detailed explanation regarding Dahmer's extensive paraphilic history, sexually sadistic fantasy system, and repetitive acts of lust homicide. This chapter endeavors to address these very important concerns. Accordingly, points of similarity and dissimilarity across the three typologies are identified and examined, as well as several unique features underpinning each model. In order to accomplish these tasks, the chapter is divided into four sub- stantive sections. First, some general observations on the organizational approach that informs the ensuing comparative analysis are identified. This includes a number of comments that position the investigative undertaking within its appro- priate criminological framework, as well as several remarks that explain and justify the proposed overall strategy. Second, areas of convergence across the three theories are explored. These similarities focus on important psychological, sociological, and behavioral themes or factors common to the three typologies. Third, several noteworthy points of divergence are enumerated. These include 113
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1 1 4 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LUST MURDER specific areas in which the models offer distinctive interpretations for shared themes. Third, novel features or unique qualities intrinsic to the motivational, trauma control, and integrative paraphilic frameworks are delineated. Specifying these qualitatively distinct elements is important to this volume's overall thesis on the paraphilic process as a system of behavior that critically underscores the crime of lust murder and those responsible for its serial commission. THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS: COMMENTS ON THE ORGANIZATIONAL APPROACH Despite the various differences among and unique qualities within the three principal models of homicide considered throughout this book, they have funda- mental similarities. One area of correspondence is the implicit sociologically informed criminological perspective by which the typologies attempt to explain murder. As a general proposition, this approach to understanding crime and crim- inality examines the way in which various social structures (e.g., the institution of the family) and social processes (e.g., the presence or lack of parental attach-
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