Killing in Pairs: Radicalisation Patterns of Violent Dyads

Francis O’Connor, Stefan Malthaner, Lasse Lindekilde

Abstract


In recent years there has been an upsurge in violent attacks conducted by pairs of individuals who have undergone a shared process of radicalisation. Violent dyads remain a relatively understudied phenomenon. Using a relational approach, this article analyses the unique character of dyadic radicalisation and how it differs from instances of lone actor or group-based terrorism. It draws on a number of recent case studies, analysing instances of non-kin, fraternal, and spousal dyads. Its principal case study is a failed attack in Germany in 2006, based on a range of documentary sources as well as an interview with one of the perpetrators.

Keywords


Lone Actor Radicalisation; Terrorism; Radicalisation; Violent Dyads

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DOI: 10.4119/UNIBI/ijcv.640

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