You are here:

Psychology/Kidnapper/Victim Psychology


I'm starting research on a project that requires extensive knowledge into the minds of a kidnapper and his victim, including a thorough understanding of Stockholm Syndrome. Specific topics of interest:
- What types of people would engage in a "sexual gratification" style of kidnapping, and what are the psycho/environmental factors that would drive their deciding to do so? Would there be a build-up to this type of event? What sort of life path would they go through before getting there?
- What does Stockholm Syndrome look like as it's developing, and what does the recovery program for a Stockholm victim look like?
- How much is known about "Lima Syndrome"? How does that develop, and what does it look like?

I expect this research process to take several months, so I don't expect a quick answer to all of the above - rather, I'm looking for resources to begin delving into this topic in great detail. Academic texts, case studies, and memoirs -- particularly any memoirs written by a kidnapper -- would be particularly useful at this time, as would referrals to some experts on this topic.

Thanks for your help!

Hi David,
This way too involved to answer in this short answer format. Would I recommend is go to academic library and speak to reference librarian. There databases will have access to psychnet. The journals with be there. Other wise, you need to buy each study, one at a time. It will get expensive fast.

In terms of do they get "sexual gratification", in general you need to get sexually motivated offenders (rapist, arsonists and murderers). Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives by Ressler Douglas and Burgess.

You will also want to explore sexual sadism. Here an over view.

Evaluating Sex Offenders:
A Manual for Civil Commitments and Beyond by Doran will be helpful.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Kidnapping and Abduction

Perfect Victim: The True Story of "The Girl in the Box" by the ...

The Sex Chamber ...David Parker Ray

John T. Jamelske

Here another case

Here another case Operation Miranda Tapes of Torture by Leonard Lake and Charles Ng.
You can find it by google search. The tape is real. You can see some things the kidnapper will do. Warning its graphic.
Here generalized video.

I hope this helps you get started  


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Paul Edward Zukowski


My area of interest is in personality and abnormal psychology. In addition to basic personality and abnormal psychology, I am fascinated with sexual and gender identity disorders.


This is my major area of study and I have hands-on experience with teens & adults.

Life Experience
What follows is my general biography. After all, who we are affects our opinions and even our statements of fact.

I hold a AS from Eastern Conn. State Univ. and a BA from Trinity College, Hartford Ct. both in Psycology. I also have 11 other professional certifications.

I have received 31 awards for various activities. My writings have been published in ?The Other Voice? and other publications. I had my original music published, licensed and recorded by David Kaye. I was a guest on CyberRadio & TV and many other talk radio programs. I welcome interviews and I am willing to act as a technical advisor to various media.

I am single and have resided in Hartford, Ct. since 1976. I have no children. I am a political conservative with libertarian leanings and a registered Republican. I am a Roman Catholic.

I have worked in the following areas, entertainment, real estate, mortgage banking, and human services. I have owned 2 businesses. Some of my interests include politics, law, history, and current events.Hobbies I partake in include music, target shooting and cars (my Camaro rumbles)

If you wish to find out more about me, feel free to visit my web page PEZmans World.
I am now retired (yes I am young, no I did not win the lottery) I consider Allexperts my full time job in a way.

You can find me in many other areas of

Current Events: U.S.
U.S. Politics
Legislation, Presidential & Congressional Politics
Military Policy & Weapons
Military History
U.S. History
Supreme Court Cases
Crime & Law Enforcement Issues & Death Penalty
Miscellaneous, Serial Murder, Rape, Arson and other sexually motivated crimes
2nd Amendment and Right to Bear Arms
Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports
Conspiracies & Extremism
Careers: Music
Hartford, Ct.
Trinity College, Hartford, Ct.
Eastern Connecticut State University

Organizations belong to

Cleo of AX Alpha Chi (former Alpha Chi Chapter of DKE)
National Rifle Association
Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Assoc.
Windsor Marksman Assoc.
The Republican Party
The Roman Catholic Church
History of Hartford Project

Publications and Media Appearances

?The Other Voice? published articles.
?The Frogbelly Local? published articles.
?Hey Little Lady? {song} published Americord Records
Talk Radio appearances include;
Mornings with Ushi, CyberRadio & TV, Broadcast in Los Angles CA. worldwide via the internet.
The Lynda Mercer Show on Power Talk WULF 94.3 FM Radcliffe, Kentucky
The Allen Price Show on WRVA Newsradio 1140 AM Richmond, VA
and many more.
I have been a tech advisor to more than a dozen authors.


AS from Eastern Conn. State Univ.
BA from Trinity College
11 other professional certifications

Awards and Honors

I have received 31 awards and honors for various activities.

©2017 All rights reserved.