Article

The Dracula killer: A psychobiographical illustration of the Schahriar syndrome model for serial murder

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 25, issue 5, 2015, pages: 419–428
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1101263
Author(s): Paul FouchéDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of the Humanities, South Africa, Hanlie NelDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of the Humanities, South Africa, Pravani NaidooDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of the Humanities, South Africa

Abstract

This psychobiographical study of Richard Trenton Chase (1950–1980), a serial murderer, has the aim to uncover the psychic mechanisms characteristic of his functioning. The study included primary and secondary data sources. All materials collected and analysed, were published and publically available. The Schahriar syndrome model served as the conceptual framework for data framing and interpretation. Findings suggest that Chase exhibited five primitive psychic mechanisms namely: omnipotence, sadistic fantasies, ritualised performance, dehumanisation and symbiotic merger. The Schahriar syndrome model has utility to explain the psychological functioning of a serial murderer.

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