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American Homicide

Second Edition


296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
American Homicide examines all types of homicide, and gives additional attention to the more prevalent types of murder and suspicious deaths in the United States. Authors Richard M. Hough and Kimberly D. McCorkle employ more than 30 years of academic and practitioner experience to help explain why and how people kill and how society reacts. This brief, yet comprehensive book takes a balanced approach, combining scholarly research and theory with compelling details about recent cases and coverage of current trends. Comparative coverage of homicide types and rates in countries around the world shows how American homicide statistics compare internationally. 
 
1. Introducing You to Homicide
Introduction  
Homicide: What Most People Think They Know  
Organization of the Book  
Historic and Contemporary  
What This Book Is Not  
Policy Implications  
 
2. Who’s Killing Whom and How Much
Introduction  
What We Measure  
How We Measure  
National Incident-Based Reporting System  
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
National Vital Statistics System of the National Center for Health Statistics  
National Violent Death Reporting System  
Self-Reports, Surveys, and the National Crime Victimization Survey  
Clearing Homicide Cases  
Studying Homicide Situations  
Data Challenges  
 
3. Murder by the Numbers
Introduction  
Victims—Who Dies  
Offenders—Categories and Demographics  
Location, Location, Location  
Weapons Used in Violence  
Other Circumstances  
Trends and Patterns  
Homicide Internationally  
 
4. Why We Do It
Introduction: Sociological and Criminological Perspectives  
Individual Explanations  
Social Structural  
Life Course, Lifestyle, and Routine Activities Theory  
Summary  
 
5. Confrontational Homicide
Introduction  
Victim Precipitation  
Honor Contests  
Road Rage  
Audience  
Alcohol  
Physiology  
Girls, Women, and Confrontational Homicide  
Investigative Considerations  
 
6. Intimate Partner Homicide
Introduction  
Rates  
Dynamics of Intimate Partner Homicide  
Theories to Explain Intimate Partner Homicide  
Lethality Assessment  
Fatality Review Teams  
Prosecution of Intimate Partner Homicide  
 
7. All in the Family
Introduction  
Familicide  
Parents and Children  
Other Family Killings  
 
8. School Killings
Introduction  
Mass Shootings and Attacks  
The Killers  
Motivations of Those Who Kill  
International Incidents  
Policy Responses  
 
9. Mass Murder in Public and the Workplace
Introduction  
Public Places  
Workplace Violence  
Workplace Victims  
The Workplace Killer  
Assessing Violence Potential  
Policy Implications  
 
10. Killings by Groups: Gangs and Cults
Introduction  
Gangs and Killing  
Cults and New Religious Movements (NRM)  
Cult Leaders and Followers  
Assessing Impacts  
Policy Implications  
 
11. Tool of Terror
Introduction  
Definition and History  
Domestic  
International  
Genocide  
Acts of Terror  
Who Are Terrorists?  
Hate Crimes and Killing  
Role of the Media  
Stopping Terrorists  
 
12. Serial Killing
Introduction  
Myth and Mayhem  
Typologies  
Profiling Serial Killers  
Female Serial Killers  
Medical or Health Care Serial Killers  
Team Serial Killers  
Catching Serial Killers  
Summary  
 
13. Solving Homicides
Introduction  
First Officer on the Scene  
Investigator Arrives  
Documentation  
Collection of Evidence  
ME or No ME?  
Prosecutors: Who Needs ‘Em?  
Technology  
Case Personnel  
Working With the Media  
Cold Case Investigations  
 
14. Murder in Court
Introduction  
Stages in Homicide Cases  
Building the Case and Charging Decisions  
Evidentiary Issues  
Defense Attorney Functions and Tactics  
Ethical Issues  
Plea Bargaining  
Sentencing  
 
15. Victims, Society, and the Future
Introduction  
Victim Impact  
Public Health Perspective  
Criminal Justice System  
Societal Issues Societal Issues  
Predicting Violence  
Technology  

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