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Multivariate analysis of killing and disposal behaviour during war crimes in Cambodia and Rwanda (by )



Killing and disposing of victims during conflict results in millions of missing persons worldwide, yet there are few empirical models of these actions for organisations to draw on to aid in the search for their locations. There is no baseline knowledge to contextualise circumstances in which victims go missing in different regions and enable evidence based prioritisation of search locations. Content analysis of 294 events during war crimes in Cambodia and Rwanda were examined to determine an inferential framework for killing and disposal behaviours which could be further examined in relation to time, location and perpetrator type. The 51 behaviours derived were subjected to Smallest Space Analysis and Multivariate Analysis of Variance to develop an empirical model of war crime behaviour. It was found that killing and disposal methods in both locations can be differentiated into four types of offending: Conservative, Expressive, Integrative and Adaptive and variances in the expression of these themes of behaviour can be attributed to geographical location and timing of the killing event. The variances in the forms of victim disposal associated with each theme are then affected by geography and time, which means search and location of victims can be tailored according to contextual information provided by witnesses. This shows that empirical models of perpetrator behaviour can be used to make inferences that can focus the search and locations of missing persons killed as a result of each conflict.






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