- マス・コミュニケーション研究 (ISSN:13411306)
- no.54, pp.127-140, 248, 1999-01-31
In May of 1997 an atrocious murder occurred in Kobe's Suma district, and the murderer's profile was guessed to be a middle aged man, when in fact in the end a 14 year-old boy was arrested. This study analyzed the published comments made by experts and learned people concerning the profile of the murderer. Comments by experts were taken from four newspapers and analyzed using qualitative methods. Factors which led to the inaccuracy of profiles put forth by experts included insufficient and incorrect information, as well as the constraining influence of images of murderers in the past such as Tsutomu Miyazaki.