Objective To raise awareness of a new trend: serial recording of own criminal activity.
Method Examples recruited: newspapers and my own Medico-legal practice.
Results Increasing number of crimes are self-recorded over weeks or months including rape and child abuse resulting in death thus ensuring an inevitable conviction when discovered.
Conclusion The underlying motivation of self-recorded crime is not clear. One can cite several non-conclusive hypotheses. Self-punishment, cry for help, boasting to friends, relive the exhilaration when watching the crime again. A number of hypotheses will be offered each non conclusive. Viewer contribution to solve the underlying enigma will be more than welcome.