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1. Risk Reduction: Flashpoint Risk Reduction™ Model - Dr. Seifert has introduced a new original analytical framework to the international arena, the F-Risk™ Model, which will provide a lens through which the behavior of all multi-victim killers must be analyzed, be they school shooters, terrorists, gang members, cult leaders, dictators or other violent actors. This Flashpoint Risk Reduction™ Model is ground-breaking and may prove to be an invaluable tool in the pre- diction, and prevention of, violent flashpoints. The F-Risk Reduction™ Model has three stages, which will be discussed in detail in this book:
Stage 1- Violence Risk Reduction Analysis
Stage 2- Violence Risk Reduction Plan
Stage 3- Recovery Grid

The central cause of a person becoming at risk for mass murder as a person's "failure to attach" at any of three critical periods of development: early childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. There are sets of risk factors for committing violence, and resiliency factors to prevent the committing of that violence.
2. Three Groups of Violent Offenders - Murder needs to be examined from the multiple perspectives of moral development, individual behavior and attitudes, interpersonal skills, groups, environments, and cultures. Dr. Seifert has concluded there are three major groups of multi-victim murderers:

  1. Chronic Group: People who fall into this group are people with a history of family violence or neglect and deprivation. These individuals exhibit chronic violent behaviors and have a life-long trajectory of anti-social attitudes and actions when under significant stress, or are attached to an anti-social group. They lack the coping skills to be cooperative members of society.
  2. Erupter Group: Those who fall into this group are people who suffer from psychosis, autism, or other neurological and mental health disorders. These people can suffer from one or more of the following: paranoid misperceptions of social cues, severe stress levels, narcissism, and limited attachments or lack of a support system, which adversely affects their coping skills. All it takes is one event, one ego-shattering occurrence, to make this type of person snap and erupt into violence.
  3. Power-Driven Group: Those who fall into this group are people who commit mass murder by proxy and hold a position of power, exercising control over those loyal to them. Those in this group are usually power-hungry, ruthless, and narcissistic. They will do whatever it takes in order to secure or maintain their position of power and quash any dissent.


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