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Karpman, B. (1925). The Sexual Offender. II: A Contribution to The Study of the Psychogenesis of Sexual Crimes. Psychoanal. Rev., 12(2):151-179.

(1925). Psychoanalytic Review, 12(2):151-179

The Sexual Offender. II: A Contribution to The Study of the Psychogenesis of Sexual Crimes

Ben Karpman, A.M., M.D.

Exposures and Arrest

The exhibitionistic episodes were premeditated, yet uncontrollable and accompanied by marked discharge of affect; other sexual manifestations—erection, emissions and masturbation activities seemed in abeyance as concomitants of the episodes.

As Given by Sister—Sister states that the patient has been worrying considerably over his prolonged unemployment but finally succeeded in getting a position with the Navy. It was two weeks after that that he was arrested.

It was learned through the detectives that the exposure happened on three successive nights on a street car and each time before the same girl. As far as known Robert did not know the girl, nor did she know anything about him; and it is not known why he picked this particular girl each time. The sister says: “I cannot recall anything peculiar observed about him previous to the first exposure, but I do remember that on the evening of his second exposure, I met him on the car going home. This must have been shortly after his exposure. He was on the front platform when he noticed me; we were about seven minutes' ride from our home. As soon as he saw me he came inside and when I first glanced at him it went through me like a flash that there was something wrong, for there was a peculiar look in his eyes which reminded me very forcibly of the times when he was in trouble. Knowing that he had just secured a position and seemed contented, I suspected nothing. That night he seemed to act in a normal manner. Nothing out of the way was observed about him during the following day; that is, just previous to his arrest.


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