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(p. 105) Serial Rapists and Wrongful Conviction 

(p. 105) Serial Rapists and Wrongful Conviction
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(p. 105) Serial Rapists and Wrongful Conviction
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Matthew Barry Johnson

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190653057.003.0005
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date: 03 December 2020

This chapter describes a common pattern where innocent defendants are tried and convicted of crimes committed by serial rapists. These cases account for a significant portion not only of the wrongful convictions in sexual assaults, but also of all confirmed wrongful convictions. The chapter presents 67 defendants wrongfully convicted with this set of case facts. This chapter identifies the difficulty encountered by law enforcement in the investigation of “stranger rapes” despite the expanding literature on crime scene investigation and offender profiling. This chapter also highlights the law enforcement focus on ruling out false rape charges, while less attention is paid to the matter of unreliable identification.

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