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Study center online extremism and violence


In 2022, A. van Buren (Applied Psychology, HBO Drechtsteden) collaborated with the International Anti Crime Academy and Bureau Van Meerbeeck on a graduation thesis on the psychological profile of murderers who mutilate their victims. Just think of the famous 'Slaughter of Bergen' that operated and disappeared 25 years ago. Amy researched and analyzed more than 80 mutilation murders in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France and also conducted an in-depth investigation into a quarter of these murders. Experts from the field then commented on her research and ventured a psychological profile.


The mutilation killer is usually a psychotic, antisocial, and/or narcissistic man in his mid-thirties or older. He rarely commits the murder(s) out of the blue and precedes them with ever-expanding fantasies until the opportunity arises.


You can read the entire study here (Dutch): Van Buren, A. – Psychologisch Profileren, een kwalitatief onderzoek naar daders die hun slachtoffers mutileren.





On May 15, 2019, two months after the attacks in New Zealand, 18 countries and 16 international companies signed the Christchurch Call. 


For 17 minutes, everyone was able to watch live the horrors of the attacks in New Zealand. The video was viewed more than 4,000 times before it was eventually removed. Despite all efforts, the video can still be found online. 


Research, which was conducted by our organization among others, showed that the perpetrator had been publishing extremist statements and 'indicators' through various social media sources for some time before his heinous act. Our researchers also found that almost immediately after the attacks, an interaction arose between the perpetrator's social media publications and people who indicated that they agreed with his online behaviour. Naturally, the question soon arose as to whether all these 'likers' could pose a threat to our society.


The core task of the Study Center is to to establish (ultra) extremist and radicalized (religious) behavior patterns of persons and organizations on the world wide web.. In addition, it is of course central that we share the acquired knowledge and the research results with various internationally affiliated organizations. Recently, the Study Center also has two digital hotlines (Surface and Dark Web) to which extremist publications and behavior can be reported anonymously. 


Would you like to participate in this project or would you like to request a private lecture for your organisation? Please contact us.

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