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Violence Workers: Police Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Brazilian Atrocities

Martha Huggins, Mika Haritos-Fatouros, and Philip Zimbardo


Of the twenty-three Brazilian policemen interviewed in depth for this study, fourteen were direct perpetrators of torture and murder during the three decades that included the 1964–1985 military regime. These “violence workers” and the other group of “atrocity facilitators” who had not, or claimed they had not, participated directly in the violence, help answer questions that haunt today's world: Why and how are ordinary men transformed into state torturers and murderers? How do atrocity perpetrators explain and justify their violence? What is the impact of their murderous deeds—on them, on th ... More

Keywords: Brazilian policemen, torture, murder, violence workers, atrocity facilitators, state torturers, state murderers, military regime, violence, victims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520234468
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Huggins, author

Mika Haritos-Fatouros, author

Philip Zimbardo, author