"Robbery by hypnosis" in Italy: a psycho-criminological analysis of the phenomenon based on 20 years of newspaper articles (1988-2007)
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
"Robbery by hypnosis" in Italy
Abstract: 

Shocking news of robberies committed using hypnosis on bank cashiers, salespeople, or passers-by has sporadically been reported by the media in countries around the world. The first reported episode in Italy dates to the 1950s. Although the phenomenon has been reported in the papers more frequently in recent years, no objective analysis of it has been published in the scientific literature. This paper analyzes 106 episodes recorded in Italy between 1988 and 2007, identified by a systematic review of the online and printed archives of Italian national and local dailies and of the database of the country's principal press agency. When they are analyzed from a psychological and criminological standpoint, there is no evidence to support any real use of hypnotic methods in the episodes described.

Author(s): 
Clerici, Carlo Alfredo
Veneroni, Laura
De'micheli, Angelo
Betsos, Isabella Merzagora
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Journal Abbreviation: 
Int J Clin Exp Hypn
Publication Date: 
2009-10
Publication Year: 
2009
Pages: 
419-430
Volume: 
57
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1744-5183
DOI: 
10.1080/00207140903098908
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 20182999

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Laura Veneroni, Angelo De'micheli and Isabella Merzagora Betsos. 2009-10. ""Robbery by hypnosis" in Italy: a psycho-criminological analysis of the phenomenon based on 20 years of newspaper articles (1988-2007)." The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 57: 4: 419-430. 10.1080/00207140903098908.

Wikipedia Citation

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